Mount St. Mary's Softball Splits Twinbill with Cornell

Mount St. Mary's Softball Splits Twinbill with Cornell

Emmitsburg, Md. (April 3, 2019)--Mount St. Mary's split a non-conference doubleheader with visiting Cornell at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus on Wednesday afternoon.  Cornell scored seven unearned runs to capture a 7-4 win in the opening game of the twinbill.  The Mount rebounded to win game two, 9-1, in six innings.

Game 1: Cornell 7, Mount St. Mary's 4

Cornell took advantage of six Mount St. Mary's errors to post a 7-4 win in the opening game of the doubleheader.  All seven of Cornell's runs were unearned in the contest.

The Mount (14-19) grabbed the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning.  Kaylee Stoner reached on an error by the right fielder to lead off the bottom of the first.  Stoner stole second, and moved to third on a Maggie Kane sacrifice bunt.  Lindsay Heinze walked with one out to put runners on the corners, and Stoner scampered home on a double steal to give the Mount the lead.

Cornell scored five times in the top of the third to take the lead.  Olivia Rooney singled to open the inning, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.  After a groundout to short, a Mount error on an Allison Kerce grounder to short put runners on the corners with two outs.  Hannah Crist made the Mount pay with a single up the middle to even the score at 1-1.  Bridgette Rooney's single loaded the bases, and the Big Red (5-21) grabbed the lead when Emily McKinney reached on a Mount error.  Erin Rockstroh then cleared the bases with a double to right center field to give Cornell a 5-1 lead.

Cornell added two more unearned runs in the fourth to take a 7-1 lead.  The first run came on an error by the Mount's left fielder with the second scoring on a Crist sacrifice fly.  The Mount got back into the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth.  Lindsay Heinze and Shelbee Holcomb each singled to open the inning with a throwing error by the left fielder putting runners on second and third with no outs.  After a pair of strikeouts, Jessica Nines doubled to right to score both runners to cut the deficit to 7-3.  Heinze and Holcomb had back-to-back singles to open the sixth inning as well, with pinch runner Lexi Donovan eventually scoring on a wild pitch to make it 7-4.

Maggie Kane and Heinze each went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Mount in the game while Holcomb was 2-for-4.  Katie Olson pitched a complete game, allowing no earned runs with three strikeouts.  Cornell's Katie Lew tossed a complete game with eight strikeouts to earn the win.

Game 1:  Mount St. Mary's 9, Cornell 1 (6 inn.)

Erin Sweeney went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs batted in to lead the Mount to a 9-1 win in six innings in game two.  Amanda Berkley got the win with a complete-game effort while Morgan Alisauckas finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the victory.

The Mount jumped on top with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Kaylee Stoner singled up the middle to start the inning, and Kirsten Mumma followed with a bunt base hit to put runners on first and second.  Heinze singled through the left side with Stoner scoring on the play.  Mumma came home to score on the play when the throw home was off the mark and skipped past the catcher.  McKinney blasted a solo home run in the top of the second to cut the Mount's lead in half, but Mount St. Mary's scored twice in the bottom of the third for a 4-1 lead.  Mumma started the inning when she reached on a hit batsmen.  Mumma then stole second, and came home when Alisauckas hit a line drive to the fence in center field to make it 3-1.  Kaia Bonshock added an RBI single to plate Alisauckas to give the Mount a three-run lead.

The Mount sealed the win with a five-run sixth inning.  Holcomb singled to open the inning, and Bonshock's infield single moved pinch-runner Kane to second.  Erin Meagher was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Kane then scampered home on a wild pitch for a 5-1 lead.  Seeney then doubled to left to plate two more runs to extend the lead to 7-1.  Kate Wade singled up the middle to score pinch-runner Donovan, and an Alisauckas single to center scored Wade to close out the victory.

Berkley allowed one run and four hits with three strikeouts in her complete-game win.  Wade, Sweeney, Bonshock and Alisauckas each hadtwo hits in the win.

UP NEXT:  The Mount returns to Northeast Conference play when Fairleigh Dickinson visits Our Lady of the Meadows Field for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 6.  The first game starts at 1:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES:  Holcomb was 3-for-7 on the day to maintain her NEC-leading .470 batting average...Her single in the bottom of the sixth in game two extended her hit streak to nine games...Lindsay Heinze was 3-for-6 with a walk in the doubleheader...She has now reached base in 18 consecutive games...The Mountaineers are now 5-3 at home this season.