Emmitsburg, Md. (March 24, 2013)--Rachel Gavigan belted a three-run homer to lead Mount St. Mary's past Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-1, opening game of Sunday's Northeast Conference doubleheader. The Mount fell, 11-2, in the nightcap.
Gavigan gave the Mount all the offense it would need with her three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning in the opening game of the twinbill. Marisa Mayes opened the frame with a single, moved to second on a Megan Baker sacrifice bunt, and Cat Clifford's single put runners on the corners with one out. Gavigan came through by sending the ball over the center field fence for a 3-0 lead.
Starting pitcher Nicole Pagano made that lead stand, allowing an unearned run with 10 strikeouts in the complete-game victory. FDU broke up Pagano's shutout bid when Cindy Zamudio's RBI bunt single plated Angelique Nieves with two outs in the top of the seventh.
The Mount (7-14, 2-2 NEC) pushed to a 2-1 lead after four innings in the second game, but Fairleigh Dickinson took the lead for good in the top of the fifth on Bryana Dorado's three-run home run.
Mount starter Hayley Stankan had a no hitter through two outs in the fourth inning before FDU (10-10, 2-2 NEC) got on the scoreboard. A two-out walk to Courtney Slye and a Mikayla Fernandez single put runners at first and third with two outs. The Knights then pulled off a double steal to take a 1-0 lead.
The Mountaineers responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Gavigan opened with a single, and then scored on Liz Christiansen's double to left field. Niki Powell pinch ran for Christiansen, and moved to third on Holly Buckel's sharp single to left. Powell then scored when the Mount answered with a double steal of its own.
FDU countered in the top of the fifth when Emma Deluca-Knighton reached on an error and Hayley Floyd walked to put runners on first and third for Dorado, who hit a three-run homer to give FDU a 4-2 lead.
The Knights added a run in the sixth and six more in seventh to post the victory.
Buckel finished 2-for-3 at the plate for the Mount in game two. Stankan struck out six in the complete-game loss.
The Mount is back in action on Tuesday, March 26, when Lafayette visits for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader.