Emmitsburg, Md. (April 24, 2019)--Morgan Alisauckas homered twice to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 9-1 five-inning victory over Morgan State in the opening game of Wednesday's doubleheader at Our Lady of the Meadows Field. Morgan State posted a 6-0 win in game two to earn the split. The Mount is now 22-25 on the season.
GAME 1: Mount St. Mary's 9, Morgan State 1 (5 innings)
Morgan Alisauckas belted a pair of home runs to lead the Mount to the 9-1 win in the opening game of the twinbill. Lindsay Heinze added her team-leading 10th home run of the year while Amanda Berkley picked up her team-leading 11th victory for the Mount in the game as well.
Heinze got the scoring started when she drove the ball over the right field fence to give the Mount a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Mount added four more runs in the bottom of the second to take control of the game. Emilee Kirk, who went 2-for-2 at the plate in the game, led off the inning with a single to left. Morgan State was able to get the next two outs, but Kaylee Stoner singled up the middle to extend her hit streak to 14 games to put runners on first and second. Mariah Godde followed with a double to left=center field to plate both runners to make it 4-0. Alisauckas followed with a long home run to left to extend the lead to 6-0.
The Mount added to the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Kaia Bonshock led off with a double,and moved to third on Kirk's single to left field. Megan Black lofted a sacrifice fly to deep center field to plate Bonshock, and Lexi Donovan's RBI single pushed the Mount advantage to 8-0. Morgan State got a run back in teh top of the fourth when Haylee Bobos doubled home Sarah Heagy.
Alisauckas closed out the scoring with her second home run of the day, a drive over the left field fence in the bottom of the fourth to make it 9-1. Alisauckas now has eight home runs and a team-high 39 RBI on the year. She finished the game 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI while Kirk was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
Berkley picked up the victory, allowing one run and just two hits in four innings of work to improve to 11-13 on the year. She struck out three in the win. Jordan Weaver pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Mountaineers.
GAME 2: Morgan State 6, Mount St. Mary's 0
Stephanie Rundlett tossed a four-hit shutout to lead Morgan State to a 6-0 victory in game two. The Bears tallied 13 hits in the win. Four different Mountaineers recorded a hit in the game.
Morgan State scored single runs in the first, second and fourth innings to take control of the game. Damali Young led off the game with a double, the long extra-base hit for Bears in game two. Young scored on a Heagy sacrifice fly to give Morgan State a 1-0 lead. The Bears added a run in the second, and made it 3-0 in the fourth on an Amy Pacheco RBI single. The Bears made it 5-0 with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth.
The Mount had its best chance to score in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases on a Kate Wade single, and walks by Erin Sweeney and Kirsten Mumma. Rundlett was able to escape the inning by getting a strikeout and a popout to preserve her shutout.
Bonshock, Kirk, Wade and Sweeney each had a hit for the Mount in the loss. Katie Olson took the loss, allowing two runs and four hits in two innings of work. Avery Neuhart allowed three runs (two earned) in two innings of relief while Berkley allowed an unearned run in three innings in the game.
NOTES: Stoner saw her 14-game hit streak snapped when she went 0-for-3 with a walk in game two...She did extend her streak of reaching base to 28 games...Heinze's home run is the 26th in her Mount career, moving her past Liz Christiansen (25 HR, 2009-13) into second place on the Mount's career home run list...Alisauckas moved into a tie with Christiansen for third on the home run list with her two home runs on the day...Rachel Heinze (2014-17) holds the Mount's all-time record with 43 home runs.
UP NEXT: The Mount hosts Central Connecticut on Saturday, April 27, at 1:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Meadows Field.