Mount Softball Hosts CCSU on Saturday, Heads to Robert Morris on Sunday, in Key NEC Weekend

Mount Softball Hosts CCSU on Saturday, Heads to Robert Morris on Sunday, in Key NEC Weekend

Mount St. Mary's (21-24, 6-6 NEC) vs. Central Connecticut (15-18, 2-6 NEC)
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 1:00 p.m. (DH)
Our Lady of the Meadows Field, Emmitsburg, Md.


Mount St. Mary's (21-24, 6-6 NEC) at Robert Morris (13-32, 4-4 NEC)
Sunday, April 28, 2019, 2:00 p.m. (DH)
North Athletic Complex, Moon Township, Pa.


MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount split a doubleheader at home against Morgan State on Wednesday.  Morgan Alisauckas belted a pair of home runs to lead the Mount to a 9-1 win in five innings in the opening game.  Morgan State silenced the Mount bats in a 6-0 shutout win in game two.  Shelbee Holcomb leads the Mount with a .400 average while Kaylee Stoner is hitting .338.  Lindsay Heinze (.333, 10 HR, 34 RBI) and Alisauckas (.327, 8 HR, 39 RBI) have provided the power.  Amanda Berkley is 11-13 with a 2.97 ERA in 27 appearances (20 starts) to lead the pitching staff.

ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS:  Central Connecticut is 15-18 overall and 2-6 in the Northeast Conference this season.  The Blue Devils have not played since a 6-0 loss at Connecticut on April 16.  CCSU opened NEC play with doubleheader losses to both Saint Francis U and Robert Morris, but has split its past two NEC twinbills (Sacred Heart, Fairleigh Dickinson).  Sydney Bolan leads the CCSU offense, hitting .327 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI.  Alexa Milius is hitting a team-high .358 as the Blue Devils have a .271 team average with 25 home runs on the year.  Ashley Antonazzo (6-7, 4.44 ERA), Carley Stoker (7-7, 4.70 ERA) and Kari Marks (2-4, 4.76 ERA) form CCSU's pitching staff.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES VS. CENTRAL CONNECTICUT:  Central Connecticut holds a 24-16 lead in the all-time series with the Mount that began in 1999.  The Blue Devils have won 10 of the past 11 matchups in the series, including a sweep last year at CCSU.  The Mount is 9-9 all-time at home, and split a twinbill vs. the Blue Devils when the teams last met at Our Lady of the Meadows Field.

LAST YEAR'S MEETING:  Central Connecticut held the Mount off the scoreboard in a doubleheader sweep last year, winning by the scores of 2-0 and 4-0.  Central Connecticut scratched out single runs in the first and fifth innings, and held the Mount off the scoreboard, in a 2-0 win in the opening game of the doubleheader..  Amanda Berkley pitched a complete game in game one, allowing two runs in six innings.  In game two, Central Connecticut scored twice in the first and fourth innings en route to a 4-0 win.  For a full recap, click HERE.

ABOUT THE COLONIALS:  Robert Morris is 13-32 overall and 4-4 in the Northeast Conference this season heading into Saturday's home doubleheader with LIU Brooklyn.  The Colonials were swept in a doubleheader at Akron (5-3, 12-3) on Tuesday in their last outing.  Abrielle McCartney leads the Colonials with a .314 average (43-for-137) while adding 10 doubles and 17 RBI on the year.  Natalie Higgins is hitting .301 with team-highs of seven home runs and 20 RBI while Briana Bunner has a team-best 12 two-base hits.  Dana Vatakis (8-12, 4.25 ERA) and Laura Coulter (2-10, 5.00 ERA) have handled most of the pitching duties.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES VS. ROBERT MORRIS:  Robert Morris holds a 44-9 lead in the all-time series with the Mount that began in 1992.  The Colonials have won 19 of the past 22 meetings in the series.  Last year, the teams split a doubleheader at the Mount with Robert Morris winning the opening game, 5-2, and the Mount taking game two, 3-1.  The Mount is 1-25 all-time on the road against the Colonials.

LAST YEAR'S MEETING:  Katie Olson tossed a complete game in a 3-1 victory to help Mount St. Mary's earn a split against Robert Morris last year at Our Lady of the Meadows Field.  The Mount fell in the opening game, 5-2.  For a full recap, click HERE.

WIN TOTALS:  The Mountaineers are riding a three-game win streak to move to 21-24 on the season.  The 21 wins are the most by a Mount team since the 2010 squad finished 25-25.  It is just the sixth time in program history that the Mount has won 20 or more games.





Larry Alvis



Larry Alvis



Denise Ditch



Anna Nagro



Larry Alvis



Anna Nagro


HEINZE AND ALISAUCKAS MOVING UP HOME RUN CHART:  Senior Lindsay Heinze and graduate student Morgan Alisauckas continue to move up the Mount's career home run chart.  Heinze has moved into second on the Mount's all-time list with 26 career long balls.  She has a team-high 10 home runs this year.  Alisauckas is now tied with Liz Christiansen (2009-13) for third with 25 home runs.  Current assistant coach Rachel Heinze is the all-time leader with 43 career home runs.





Rachel Heinze



Lindsay Heinze



Morgan Alisauckas



Liz Christiansen



HEINZE BREAKS CAREER DOUBLES AND RBI RECORDS:  Senior Lindsay Heinze has 32 RBI this season, giving her a school-record 129 RBI for her career, besting the old mark of 121 set by her cousin, Rachel Heinze, from 2014-17.  Heinze also owns the career doubles record after hitting a pair of two-baggers in the Mount's 11-0 win over Maryland Eastern Shore on March 13.  Heinze now has 42 career doubles, topping the mark of 39 that was set by Amanda Burk (2006-09).

LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD:  The Mountaineers scored a season-high 22 runs in the Mount's 22-4 win over Coppin State in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader.  The 22 runs are the most by a Mount during head coach Anna Nagro's tenure, and the most by a Mount team since a 30-0 victory over Coppin State on March 27, 2008.  The Mount pounded out 19 hits in the game, with 12 different players recording at least one hit in the contest.

PRESEASON POLL:  The Mount was tabbed to finish in seventh in the annual Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.  Sacred Heart was the unanimous pick to win it all, followed by LIU Brooklyn, Saint Francis U, Central Connecticut, Bryant, Fairleigh Dickinson, the Mount, Wagner and Robert Morris.  The Mount finished tied for sixth in the NEC standings last year with a 7-9 league record.

HEAD COACH ANNA NAGRO:  Nagro is in her ninth season at the helm of the Mount softball program, the longest tenure by a head coach in the history of the program.  Nagro has led the Mount to 37 wins over the past two seasons, including 20 in 2017, the most by a Mount team since the 2010 campaign.