Gainesville, Fla. (March 2, 2013) -- Nicole Pagano struck out five batters and give up one unearned run in a complete-game performance as the Mount St. Mary's softball team earned its first victory of the season, 3-1, over Florida A&M on Saturday to conclude the University of Florida Tournament.
The Mount (1-8) dropped a 5-2 decision to Presbyterian earlier in the day.
In the win over the Florida A&M Rattlers, the Mount manufactured a run in the bottom of the second when Rachel Gavigan walked, advanced to second on an error, stole third then scored on a wild pitch. The Mount picked up another unearned run on a throwing error for a 2-0 edge.
The Mount's lead grew to 3-0 in the bottom of the third on an RBI groundout by Gavigan that scored Megan Baker.
The Rattlers trimmed the Mount's advantage to 3-1 in the fourth, but Pagano shut the door the rest of the way, allowing just one hit in her final three innings of work for her first victory of the season.
In the earlier game against Presbyterian, the Mountaineers had to play catchup after the Blue Hose scored two runs in the first and tacked on one run in the second and third innings for a 4-0 lead. Another Presbyterian run in the fifth put the Mount in a 5-0 hole.
The Mount saw their bats come alive in the sixth when Cat Clifford cranked her third home run of the season. The two-run shot trimmed Presbyterian's lead to 5-2, but that was as close as the Mount would get. Blue Hose's pitcher Kensley Loudermelk fanned 10 Mount batters on the day.
The Mountaineers will now focus their attention on the UMBC Tournament where they will face Rhode Island, Seton Hall, Marist and Coppin State on Saturday, March 9th, and Sunday, March 10th.