Baltimore, Md. (April 16, 2019)—Mount St. Mary's split a non-conference doubleheader at Coppin State on Tuesday. The Mountaineers were edged, 6-5, in the opening game of the twinbill before capturing a 15-7 win in game two. Emilee Kirk had five hits on the day to pace the Mountaineer offense.
Game 1: Coppin State 6, Mount St. Mary's 5
Emilee Kirk went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer, but Mount St. Mary's saw a late rally come up short in a 6-5 loss to Coppin State in the opening game of the doubleheader.
The Mount took the lead in the top of the second when Shelbee Holcomb led off the inning with a solo home run. Holcomb, who leads the Northeast Conference in hitting, has three home runs this season.
The Eagles had a chance to tie in the bottom of the second, loading the bases with two outs, but Weaver got a strikeout to end the inning.
Mount St. Mary's (19-24) added to the lead in the top of the third when Kaylee Stoner singled, and came home to score on a Lindsay Heinze base hit. Coppin State answered with three runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead. Megan Narvaez walked to open the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice, pinch runner Jaylene Sierra moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Cayla Brown double to right-center field. After a walk and a hit batsmen, Soraya Valdez-Frick doubled to right-center field to plate a pair of runs to give the Eagles the lead.
Coppin State (6-25) added to the lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Brown singled, and a hit batsman and a walk loaded the bases. The Mount brought Avery Neuhart into the game for starter Jordan Weaver, but she was greeted by a Hatika James bases-clearing triple to make the score 6-2.
The Mount loaded the bases in the top of the sixth, but Coppin State pitcher Madison Didion was able to escape the jam by getting a fly out to left to keep the score at 6-2.
Mount St. Mary's rallied in the top of the seventh. Morgan Alisauckas singled to lead off the inning, and after a pair of outs, Jessica Nines singled to left to put runners on first and second. Kirk followed with a three-run homer to cut the deficit to 6-5. Mariah Godde reached on an error, and then stole second base to put the tying run in scoring position. After a walk to Lexi Donovan, Stoner grounded out to second to end the inning.
Kirk led the Mount offense with three hits while Stoner went 2-for-4 at the plate. Weaver allowed six runs in 4.2 innings for the Mount while Neuhart pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Didion struck out nine for Coppin State in the complete-game victory. Brown had two of Coppin State's four hits in the contest.
Game 2: Mount St. Mary's 15, Coppin State 7
Mount St. Mary's saw its offense explode for 15 runs and 15 hits en route to the 15-7 victory in game two. Godde and Heinze led the way with three hits each while Erin Meagher cracked her first career home run in the victory.
The Mount scored in each of the first four innings to take an 8-2 advantage. Heinze's RBI single in the first gave the Mount a 1-0 lead, and an unearned run in the second stretched the advantage to 2-0. Alisauckas belted a two-run homer in the top of the third to make it 4-0 before the Eagles scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit in half.
Mount St. Mary's broke the game open with a four-run fourth inning. Stoner's RBI single opened the scoring in the inning, and Godde brought Stoner in with a triple. Heinze then came through with a two-run double to make it 8-2.
A Coppin State error led to a pair of runs in the sixth before Maggie Kane's RBI single gave the Mount an 11-4 lead. Meagher capped a four-run seventh inning with her first career home run, a two-run shot that put the Mount ahead, 15-5. Coppin State scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to close out the scoring.
Godde went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in the win while Heinze was 3-for-5 with three RBI. Kirk, Kaia Bonshock and Kane all added two hits each for the Mount.
UP NEXT: The Mount is set to host Bryant on Friday, April 19, for a Northeast Conference doubleheader at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus. Game one of the twinbill starts at 1:00 p.m.