Emmitsburg, Md. (April 7, 2019)--Mount St. Mary's split a doubleheader with defending Northeast Conference champion Saint Francis U at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus on Sunday. Back-to-back-to-back home runs by Morgan Alisauckas, Lindsay Heinze and Shelbee Holcomb highlighted the Mount's 9-1 win in six innings in the opening game. Saint Francis rallied from a 6-2 deficit to earn a 10-7 win in the nightcap.
GAME 1: Mount St. Mary's 9, Saint Francis U 1 (6 inn.)
Alisauckas, Heinze and Holcomb launched consecutive home runs to cap a five-run fifth inning to propel Mount St. Mary's to a 9-1 win in six innings in the opening game of the doubleheader. Amanda Berkley allowed one run in five innings to pick up the win while Holcomb went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the victory.
The Mount (17-20, 4-4 NEC) got the scoring started with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Stoner led off with a single, and Maggie Kane reached on an SFU error on her sacrifice bunt attempt to put runners on first and second with no outs. Alisauckas was retired on a fielder's choice, and a wild pitch moved the runners up. Heinze then executed a perfect squeeze bunt to plate Kane with the first run of the game. Holcomb added a line drive single down the left field line to make it a 2-0 advantage. Sierra McKee's RBI single in the top of the second cut the Mount lead in half.
Mount St. Mary's took control of the game with a five-run fifth inning. Kate Wade drilled a double to lead off the inning, and she moved to third on a Mariah Godde sacrifice bunt. The Mount then scored on a squeeze bunt that went awry. Wade was sent running on the squeeze, but the Mount was unable to get contact on the bunt attempt. SFU attempted to throw Wade out at third base, but she was able to turn back home and beat the throw to the plate for a 3-0 advantage. Stoner followed with a triple to the left-center field gap, setting up the fireworks in the inning. Alisauckas started the barrage of home runs with a long blast to left field to make the score 5-0. Heinze then drilled her team-best ninth home run of the year over the fence in center field. Holcomb, who leads the NEC with a .442 average, capped the back-to-back-to-back home runs with a blast to left to push the Mount advantage to six runs.
The Mountaineers closed out the victory with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Katie Olson singled to left, and Wade then reached on an error by the pitcher. Godde walked to loade the bases, and Lexi Donovan hit into a fielder's choice to plate Olson. Kirsten Mumma ended the game with a single to left to score Godde for the 9-1 victory.
Stoner and Holcomb each went 2-for-3 at the plate in the win while Alisauckas, Heinze and Holcomb each drove in a pair of runs. Berkley struck out four while allowing one run in seven innings of work to improve to 8-10 on the season. Olson pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the Mount.
GAME 2: Saint Francis U 10, Mount St. Mary's 7
Saint Francis U rallied from an early 6-2 deficit to earn a split in the doubleheader with a 10-7 win in the second game. Kaia Bonshock, Stoner and Wade each tallied two hits in the game for the Mountaineers.
The Mount grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Stoner singled up the middle to lead off the inning. She then manufactured a run when she stole second, but then came around to score when the throw by the catcher went under the center fielder's glove all the way to the fence. Heinze drew a two-out walk, and Holcomb's double to left center field gave the Mount a 2-0 lead. SFU evened the score in teh second on RBI singles by Brittney Crawford and Halle Marion.
Mount St. Mary's answered those runs with four in the bottom of the second to grab a 6-2 lead. Wade led off the inning with a solo home run to center field to put the Mount back on top. Jessica Nines singled on a hard hit ball to short, and Godde reached on an error by SFU's left fielder. Mumma singled to left to load the bases with one out, and Alisauckas drilled a single to right to plate two runs to put the Mount ahead, 5-2. Heinze's RBI groundout rounded out the scoring in the inning.
Saint Francis scored six times in the top of the third to take the lead. Jordan Frank changed the momentum in the game when she drilled a three-run homer to cut the Mount's lead to 6-5. Roxell singled and Crawford walked to put two runners on with two outs, and Marion doubled to left to even the score. MeKenzie Saban followed with a two-run single to cap the inning, giving the Red Flash (17-23, 5-3 NEC) a two-run lead. SFU added to the lead with two runs in the fifth.
The Mount closed out the scoring in the bottom of the seventh when pinch runner Donovan scored from third on a strikeout where the catcher had to throw to first to record the out.
Jordan Weaver pitched three innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts for the Mount. Avery Neuhart took the loss in relief of starter Katie Olson. Wade, Bonshock and Stoner each went 2-for-4 at the plate.
UP NEXT: The Mount returns to action on Wednesay, April 10, with a doubleheader at Bucknell.