Mount Offense Erupts in Doubleheader Sweep over Coppin State

Mount Offense Erupts in Doubleheader Sweep over Coppin State

Emmitsburg, Md. (March 26, 2019)—Mount St. Mary's scored 30 runs while belting out 27 hits in a doubleheader sweep of visiting Coppin State at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus on Tuesday afternoon.  The Mount erupted with a season-high 22 runs in a 22-4 victory in the opening game of the doubleheader.  In game two, the Mount posted an 8-0 victory in six innings.

Freshman Kaia Bonshock went 5-for-7 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI in the two games while leading hitter Shelbee Holcomb went 5-for-7 with three runs scored and four RBI in the twinbill.

Game 1:  Mount St. Mary's 22, Coppin State 4

The Mount scored eight times in the bottom of the second inning to fuel a 22-4 win in the opening game of the doubleheader.  Mount St. Mary's pounded out 19 hits in the game with 12 different players recording at least one base hit.

Morgan Alisauckas broke the game open with a grand slam while Bonshock went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and four RBI in the victory.  Freshman Maggie Kane went 3-for-3 with three runs scored in the win, Erin Meagher was 2-for-2 with two RBI off the bench while Mariah Godde (2-for-3, two runs scored) and Holcomb (2-for-4, 2 runs scored) also had multiple-hit games.

The Mount (12-15) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to take the early 2-0 lead.  With two outs, Alisauckas walked, and Lindsay Heinze followed with a base hit to center field.  The ball went under the center fielder's glove and all the way to the fence, allowing both Alisauckas and Heinze to score for the early lead.

After Coppin State cut the lead in half in the top of the second, the Mount scored eight times in the bottom of the frame to take control of the game.  Bonshock led off with a double and moved to third on a Jessica Nines base hit.  A throwing error by the catcher allowed Bonshock to score for a 3-0 lead, and Kane then singled home Nines to make it 4-1.  The Mount loaded the bases when Kaylee Stoner and Godde followed with base hits to set the table for Alisauckas.  Alisauckas came through by lacing a line drive home run over the center field fence to give the Mount an 8-1 lead.  Emilee Kirk added a two-run double later in the inning to push the advantage to 10-1.

Bonshock hit a three-run homer to dead center field in the third, and the Mount scored nine times in the fourth to round out the win.

Amanda Berkley started for the Mount and picked up the win, allowing one run while striking out a pair on three innings of work.  Avery Neuhart pitched the final two innings, allowing three unearned runs.

Game 2:  Mount St. Mary's 8, Coppin State 0

Jordan Weaver pitched five scoreless innings while Holcomb and Bonshock combined to go 5-for-6 with six RBI to lead the Mount to an 8-0 win in six innings in the nightcap.

Mount St. Mary's scored three times in the bottom of the first for a 3-0 lead.  Alisauckas started a two-out rally with a single to right field.  Heinze walked, and Holcomb singled to right to score Alisauckas with the game's first run.  Bonshock then belted a two-run double to give the Mount a 3-0 lead.  Bonshock's RBI single to left in the fourth gave the Mountaineers a four-run cushion.

The Mount scored twice in each of the fifth and sixth innings to secure the win.  In the fifth, the Mount loaded the bases with no outs, and Holcomb walked to force home Godde for a 5-0 lead.  Nines lofted a sacrifice fly to right to give the Mount a six-run lead.

In the sixth, Kirsten Mumma walked and stole second base, and Stoner walked to put two runners on base.  Alisauckas singled to center to bring home Mumma, and Holcomb's infield single to short closed out the win.

Holcomb went 3-for-3 with three RBI while Bonshock was 2-for-3 with three RBI in the win.  Alisauckas was 2-for-4 with two runs scored as well.

Weaver struck out seven while scattering five hits in five shutout innings to pick up the win.  Katie Olson retired the side in order in one inning of relief. 

NOTES:  The 22 runs scored are the most by a Mount team since a 30-0 victory over Coppin State on March 27, 2008...Bonshock extended her hit streak to six games…She is hitting .647 (11-for-17) with two doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI over that span…The Mount has won 14 in a row against Coppin State, and is now 36-5 in the all-time series.

UP NEXT:  The Mount opens Northeast Conference play with a pair of doubleheaders on the road this weekend.  The Mount plays at Wagner on Saturday, March 30, at 1:00 p.m. and heads to Sacred Heart on Sunday, March 31, at 12:00 p.m.