Staten Island, N.Y. (April 6, 2013) – The Mount St. Mary's softball team fell in a pair of one-run games against Northeast Conference opponent Wagner on Saturday afternoon by scores of 8-7 and 4-3. Cat Clifford recorded four hits on the day, including a two-run home run in game two for the Mount.
The Mount (10-20, 2-6, NEC) jumped out to a 7-1 lead in game one before Wagner (8-23, 2-6) answered with seven runs in the final four innings to sneak away with a victory. Trailing 4-1 in game two, Clifford's homer in the fifth cut her team's deficit to 4-3, but the Mount could not score the rest of the way to complete the comeback.
Holly Buckel got the Mount's offense moving with a one-out single in the second inning of game one. After advancing to second on a wild pitch and stealing third base, Buckel scored on a Wagner fielding error to tie the score at 1-1. Rachel Gavigan's two-RBI single gave the Mount a 3-1 advantage, and the visitors scored two more runs on a single down the left field line by Megan Baker for a 5-1 edge.
Gavigan singled and stole second in the fourth before scoring on Clifford's two-out single for a 7-1 lead.
Wagner stormed all the way back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the bottom of the sixth to even the score at 7-7. In the seventh inning, Carley Nicoletti hit a walk-off single down the line in left.
Nicole Pagano pitched 6.1 innings for the Mount, allowing four runs on five hits to take the loss, while Judy Betz tossed three scoreless innings of relief for the Seahawks to pick up the win.
Game two started in the Mount's favor with a first-inning run on a Gavigan single followed by walks by Baker, Liz Christiansen and Leddy.
The Seahawks proceeded to load the bases in the bottom of the frame and scored four runs on two hits to go with three walks, two wild pitches and one error for a 4-1 lead.
The score remained 4-1 until the fifth when Clifford's seventh home run of the season trimmed the Seahawks' lead down to 4-3. Betz retired the Mount in order in the sixth and seventh innings, however, for her second victory of the day despite allowing eight Mount St. Mary's hits. For the Mount, Hayley Stankan allowed four runs on one hit and three walks to take the loss.
The Mount will look to get back in the win column with a doubleheader at Quinnipiac tomorrow beginning at noon.