Emmitsburg, Md. (March 20, 2018)--Mount St. Mary's dropped both games of a home doubleheader to Albany on Wednesday afternoon at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus. The Mount lost the opening game, 4-2, before falling by the score of 5-2 in the nightcap. Freshman Kaia Bonshock went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI while reaching base in six of her seven plate appearances on the day for the Mount. Mount St. Mary's falls to 10-15 on the season.
GAME 1: Albany 4, Mount St. Mary's 2
Albany scored three times in the top of the fifth to post a 4-2 win over the Mount in the opening game of the doubleheader. Kaia Bonshock provided the Mount offense with her first collegiate home run, a two-run shot in the bottom of the second inning.
Albany (7-7) took the lead with a run in the top of the first inning. Aliyah Wade walked and stole second base. She moved to third on a ground out, and after a popout, Wade came home to score on a Chelsea Henige base hit. The Mount grabbed the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Lindsay Heinze walked to open the inning, and after a popout, Bonshock belted a long home run over the right-center field fence to give the Mount a 2-1 lead. It is the first career home run for Bonshock.
The Great Danes scored three times in the top of the fifth to take the lead. Shaye Swiatek led off with a bunt single to start the rally, and Love Drumgold followed with a walk to put two runners on base. Katie Falotico then gave Albany the lead with a triple that hit the right field foul line near the fence to bring home both runners. Falotico then scored when she beat the throw to the plate on a grounder to second.
The Mount tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh. Bonshock was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and she was replaced by pinch runner Maggie Kane. Emilee Kirk followed and hit a long fly to left that was caught by Albany's Sarah Petzold at the fence. Jessica Nines was up next, and she hit several long foul balls before Albany pitcher Chelsea Verdolivo won the battle with a strikeout. Kate Wade flied out to center field for the final out of the game.
Avery Neuhart pitched a complete game for the Mount, allowing four runs and four hits in seven innings, recording three strikeouts.
GAME 2: Albany 5, Mount St. Mary's 2
In the second game, Albany scored three times in the top of the first inning to fuel a 5-2 victory. Mariah Godde went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Mount in the loss.
The Great Danes struck for three runs in the top of the first off Mount starter Amanda Berkley. With one out, Falotico doubled to left field and Petzold followed with a single, advancing to second on the throw, to put two runners in scoring position. Henige singled to center to plate the first run, and Kelly Barkevich followed with a double to make it 2-0. Mariah Miramontez added an RBI infield single to give the Great Danes a three-run lead.
The Mount got a run back in the bottom of the second inning. Bonshock walked to open the inning. After a fielder's choice and a popout, Jessica Nines walked to put two runners on base. Lexi Donovan then laced a single up the middle to plate Shelbee Holcomb to cut the deficit to 3-1. Albany answered in the top of the third when Barkevich belted a two-run homer off the scoreboard in left-center field to push the advantage to 5-1.
The Mount loaded the bases in the bottom of the third on a walk and singles by Bonshock and Holcomb, but Albany's Maranda Jimenez escaped the jam by getting Kirk to popout to second. The Mount loaded the bases again in the fifth when Morgan Alisauckas was hit by a pitch and Bonshock and Holcomb walked. Relief pitcher Chloe Lewis was able to retire the final two batters in the inning on a popout and strikeout to keep Albany's lead at four.
The Mountaineers cut the deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Kaylee Stoner singled and came around to score on a Godde two-base hit.
Berkley pitched a complete-game for the Mount, allowing four earned runs in seven innings of work. Godde went 2-for-4 with an RBI while Bonshock was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. Barkevich went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBI for the Great Danes.
UP NEXT: The Mount hosts Coppin State at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus on Tuesday, March 26, at 2:00 p.m.