Jessica Nines Belts Three Home Runs in Doubleheader Sweep over Maryland Eastern Shore

Jessica Nines Belts Three Home Runs in Doubleheader Sweep over Maryland Eastern Shore

Emmitsburg, Md. (March 13, 2019)--Jessica Nines and Lindsay Heinze combined for five home runs to lead Mount St. Mary's to a doubleheader sweep over visiting Maryland Eastern Shore in the Mount's home opener at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on Wednesday afternoon.  Nines went 4-for-6 with three home runs and five RBI while Heinze was 4-for-6 with two home runs and four RBI in the two games.  Amanda Berkley tossed a two-hit shutout in the Mount's 11-0 win in game one while Jordan Weaver struck out 10 in a three-hit shutout in a 5-0 victory in game two.  The Mountaineers stretched their win streak to four with the sweep to improve to 9-12 on the season.

GAME 1:  Mount St. Mary's 11, Maryland Eastern Shore 0

Nines and Heinze were unstoppable in the opening game of the doubleheader, combining to go 6-for-6 with six runs scored, six RBI and three home runs in the 11-0 victory.  Heinze went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and three RBI in the win while Nines was 3-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored.  Amanda Berkley allowed two hits while striking out three in the five-inning complete-game win.

Heinze got the Mount on the scoreboard with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first.  Kaylee Stoner singled with one out, and stole second base to move into scoring position.  Heinze then hit a line drive home run over the left field fence to put the Mount ahead, 2-0.  Nines hit the first of her three home runs on the day in the bottom of the second to put the Mount ahead, 3-0.  Lexi Donovan added a two-out base hit, and she moved into scoring position by stealing second base as well.  The Mount's leading hitter, Shelbee Holcomb, followed with a two-run homer to left to give the Mount a 5-0 lead.  Holcomb, the reigning Northeast Conference Player of the Week, leads the Mount with a .419 average this season.

Mount St. Mary's continued to add to the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third.  Heinze doubled to lead off the inning, and after a pair of outs, Nines singled to put runners on the corners.  Heinze came home to score when Kaia Bonshock reached on a error, and Donovan followed with an RBI single to center to give the Mount a seven-run advantage.

The Mountaineers sealed the win with four runs in the bottom of the fourth.  Morgan Alisauckas drew a one-out walk, and pinch runner Erin Meagher came around to score on Heinze's second double of the game.  Emilee Kirk got into the action with a two-base hit to plate Heinze to give the Mount a 9-0 lead.  Nines rounded out the scoring with a long two-run homer to left center field to put the Mount up, 11-0.

Stoner went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Mount while Donovan was 2-for-2 in the win.  Berkley's improved to 3-7 on the season with her fourth complete game of the season.

GAME 2:  Mount St. Mary's 5, Maryland Eastern Shore 0

Jordan Weaver matched a career-high by striking out 10 batters while allowing just three hits in a complete-game three-hit shutout to pace the Mount to a 5-0 win in game two.  Heinze and Nines each hit home runs a four-run fourth inning to propel the Mount offense.

Heinze got the Mount on the scoreboard when she belted a home run to center field to lead off the bottom of the fourth to break the scoreless tie.  Kirk drew a walk, and Nines belted her third home run of the day, a long blast over the scoreboard in left center field to put the Mount ahead, 3-0.  Kate Wade kept the rally going with a single, and she moved to second with a stolen base.  Wade then advanced to third on a wild pitch, and then scampered home when the throw to third by the catcher went into left field.

The Mount rounded out the scoring with a run in the bottom of the fifth.  Kirsten Mumma walked and stole second base, setting the table for Morgan Alisauckas, who singled through the left side to make it a 5-0 game.

GAME NOTES:  A senior, Heinze now leads the Northeast Conference with seven home runs this season...The seven homers are a career-high for Heinze, who hit six home runs in each of the past two seasons...Nines has homered in each of the past three games for the Mount, totaling four over that stretch...She had one career home run before the three-game power surge...Weaver's 10 strikeouts match her career high...She previously had 10 stikeouts against Buffalo on March 22, 2017...The Mount has outscored the opponents 37-to-8 during its four-game win streak...

UP NEXT:  The Mount heads to Delaware for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 16.  Game one begins at 12:00 p.m.