Emmitsburg, Md. (March 30, 2013) – Liz Christiansen broke the Mount St. Mary's softball career RBI record on a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning of game two to give the Mount a 4-3 win to split Saturday's non-conference doubleheader with Canisius at Our Lady of the Meadows Field. Christiansen, who entered the day tied with Amanda Burk for the most all-time, now has 103 RBIs for her career.
The Mount (9-18) dropped the first game to the Golden Griffins (12-9) by a final score of 6-0.
In the nightcap, the Mount jumped out to a 2-0 advantage when Rachel Gavigan laced a single to allow Alexa Tuck and Holly Buckel to score. The lead was short lived, however, as Robin Kennery hit a two-run home run to center in the top of the third to pull Canisius even at 2-2.
Kennery came through with another RBI on a single in the fifth for a 3-2 Canisius lead.
With two outs in the sixth, the Mount tied things up at 3-3 on a Canisius fielding error that allowed Megan Baker to score from second. Baker originally reached base on a bunt single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Christiansen.
Neither team scored in the seventh to force extra innings. The game remained deadlocked at 3-3 until the bottom of the 10th inning. Gavigan reached first on a fielder's choice and advanced to second base on Baker's sacrifice bunt to set up Christiansen for the game-winning single for the 4-3 win.
Danni Cummings pitched four solid innings to start game one with two runs on two hits with three strikeouts. Nicole Pagano entered the game in the top of the fifth and was dominant in six innings of work, retiring the last 16 batters of the game. After allowing one run in her first inning, Pagano recorded 1-2-3 innings in the sixth through 10th innings.
The Mount outhit the Golden Griffins, 6-3, in game two with Amanda Baun pitching the first nine innings with six strikeouts before Jen Consaul, who pitched the first game, went the final 0.2 in the loss.
In the first game on Saturday, Consaul tossed a complete-game shutout with seven strikeouts in the Golden Griffins' 6-0 win.
Canisius loaded the bases in the top of the second inning before Marissa Miller and Valorie Nappo walked on back-to-back at bats for a 2-0 lead. The following inning, Bethany DeMarco's double to left field plated one runner.
The visitors tacked on three more runs in the fourth to cap the scoring in game one. Hayley Stankan began the game, going three innings with four runs on two hits and six walks. She was relieved by Cummings, who allowed one run on four hits over four innings.
With one hit in both games, Gavigan extended her hitting streak to seven games, which is the longest on the team this season. She has also reached base safely in nine-consecutive contests.
The Mount will play a single game at Towson at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Tiger Softball Complex.