April 1, 2019—The Mount St. Mary's softball team dropped a pair of tight Northeast Conference games at Sacred Heart today. The Pioneers won the opening game, 6-4, before posting a walk-off 4-3 win in the night cap. The first game was the completion of yesterday's game that was suspended due to rain with the score tied at 4-4 with Sacred Heart having the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
GAME 1: Sacred Heart 6, Mount St. Mary's 4
Mount St. Mary's saw Sacred Heart rally from a 3-1 deficit to post a 6-4 win in the opening game of the doubleheader that was finished today after being suspended due to rain yesterday. Shelbee Holcomb went 3-for-3 at the plate for the Mountaineers in the game.
The Pioneers took the early lead on a Fallon Bevino solo home run in the bottom of the second inning. The Mount evened the score in the top of the third when Maggie Kane walked, stole second, and scored on a Stoner base hit.
Mount St. Mary's (13-18, 1-3 NEC) took a 4-1 advantage with three runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Mount loaded the bases on a Lindsay Heinze base hit, a walk to Holcomb, and a Bonshock infield single. Sacred Heart was able to get the first out of the inning on a force out at home on a grounder to short, but Berkley singled through the left side to bring home Heinze to give the Mount a 2-1 lead. Kane's RBI single to center pushed the Mount advantage to 3-1, and Godde's bases loaded walk forced home another run to make it 4-1. At that point, the game was halted by rain, and when it resumed, Sacred Heart was able to avoid further damage when Alisauckas grounded out to second.
Katelyn Christian hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 4-2 game, and the Pioneers scored three times in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead. Christian's two-out RBI double scored Hailey Desrosiers with the first run of the inning. Bevino walked and Amy Petrovich followed with an RBI single to cut the Mount advantage to one run. Kylee Harvey singled to the pitcher to load the bases, and at that point, the rain forced the game to be suspended until today.
When play resumed, Alyssa Gonzalez singled to left to bring home the go-ahead run.
The Mountaineers had a chance to tie the score in the top of the sixth when Kane walked, and moved to second on a wild pitch. Stoner then reached on an error, and she stole second to put two runners in scoring position with one out. McCann was able to escape the jam by getting a strikeout and a comebacker to the mound to end the inning. The Pioneers added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out RBI double from Christian.
Game 2: Sacred Heart 4, Mount St. Mary's 3
Katelyn Christian's two-out double in the bottom of the seventh plated the winning run as Sacred Heart earned a 4-3 win in game two of the doubleheader. The Mount had tied the game in the top of the sixth on a Morgan Alisauckas RBI double.
The Pioneers (17-14, 3-1 NEC) struck for a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead. A walk to Desrosiers and an infield single from Stephanie Mangiameli put a pair of runners on base. A flyout allowed Desrosiers to move to third, and Magiameli stole second to put two in scoring position. Bevino capitalized on the RBI opportunity with a two-run double for a 2-0 lead.
The Mount evened the score with runs in the second and third innings. In the second, Jessica Nines walked and Kirsten Mumma was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second with two outs. Kaylee Stoner came through with an RBI single to left center to put the Mount on the scoreboard. Heinze belted a solo home run in the top of the third to even the score at 2-2-. It is Heinze's team-high eighth home run of the season. Mangiameli answered Heinze's home run with a solo shot of her own in the bottom of the third to give the Pioneers the lead back at 3-2.
The Mount tied the score in the sixth when Kane was hit by a pitch, and Alisauckas drove a double to right field to plate Kane with the tying run.
In the bottom of the seventh, pinch hitter Lindsey Spitz doubled to lead off the inning. A sacrifice moved pinch runner Chloe Weeks to third, and Desrosiers then reached on an error to put runners on the corners. The Mount got a groundout to the pitcher for the second out of the inning, but Christian gave Sacred Heart the win when she doubled to left to plate Weeks with the winning run.
Stoner and Alisauckas each had two hits for the Mount in the game. Jordan Weaver started for the Mount, allowing three runs in two-plus innings of work. Katie Olson pitched the final 4.2 innings, allowing an unearned run while striking out a pair.
Up Next: The Mount hosts Cornell on Wednesday, April 3, for a doubleheader at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus.