MOUNT ST. MARY'S (10-24, 2-8 NEC) vs. CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE (20-9, 10-0 NEC)
Breast Cancer Awareness Game
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 1:00 p.m. (DH)
Our Lady of the Meadows Field, Emmitsburg, Md.
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (10-24, 2-8 NEC) vs. SAINT FRANCIS U (18-16, 1-3 NEC)
Sunday, April 14, 2013, 12:00 p.m. (DH)
Our Lady of the Meadows Field, Emmitsburg, Md.
MOUNT UPDATE: Nicole Pagano became the Mount St. Mary's career strikeout leader on April 9 against George Washington. The junior from Winslow, N.J. now has 401 strikeouts and is the first player in school history to reach the 400 mark. The Mount dropped both games of the doubleheader with the Colonials by scores of 8-2 and 5-1. Rachel Gavigan currently leads the Mount with a .324 batting average and 10 multi-hit games. Cat Clifford is sitting in second among NEC batters with seven home runs this season, while Pagano is fourth in the conference with 121 strikeouts.
ABOUT CCSU: After starting the season 1-3, the Blue Devils have strung together 19 wins over their last 25 games. Central Connecticut is a perfect 10-0 in Northeast Conference play and is currently riding a 12-game winning streak. The team's last loss occurred on March 17 in a 10-2 defeat at the hands of UConn. Following three home runs and eight RBIs in CCSU's 4-0 weekend, sophomore outfielder Kat Malcolm earned NEC Co-Player of the Week honors. Malcolm leads the team with seven home runs and 39 hits. Malcolm ranks second in the NEC with a .398 batting average, followed by Evie Rentzel in third at a .397 clip.
ABOUT SAINT FRANCIS U: The Red Flash swept a non-conference doubleheader with Cleveland State on Thursday. The wins ended a drought that saw Saint Francis lose nine of its last 10 games, including three out of four to begin NEC play. SFU's top pitcher Ketarah Devries has logged more than 63 percent of her team's innings with 143 on the season. She has accumulated 105 strikeouts, but has given up 17 home runs. The Red Flash feature five players with a batting average of .318 or better with a team-high .351 from Chelsy Cosentino.
LAST TIME WE MET: The Mount and Blue Devils split a pair of games on April 1, 2012 in New Britain, Conn. Liz Christiansen hit an eighth-inning home run and Cat Clifford smacked a solo home run earlier in the game as the Mount won game one, 3-1. CCSU took game two by a 9-2 final. Against Saint Francis U on April 14, 2012 in Loretto, Pa., the Mountaineers took game one, 5-3, before falling by a score of 11-2 in the nightcap.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Mount and Central Connecticut State have played twice every year since the 1999 season. The all-time series is tied, 14-14. The Mount holds a 22-43 all-time record with the Red Flash entering the weekend series. The series dates back to 1987.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: On Saturday, the Mount will hold Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Players will wear pink shirts during warmups and batting practice before the game, then sport pink headbands and shoelaces during the doubleheader with Central Connecticut State.
RECORD BOOKS: Nicole Pagano broke the Mount's career strikeout record on April 9 in game two of a home doubleheader against George Washington. She also checks in at fourth in school history with 32 wins. Liz Christiansen, who already holds the Mount's career home run and RBI records, ranks in the top 10 in other career offensive categories including tied for second in walks (63), tied for second in total bases (237), tied for fifth in doubles (27) and tied for sixth in hits (136). Other Mount players in the top 10 are Erin Leddy, who is tied for fourth for walks (56) and seventh for runs (75) and Cat Clifford is tied for fourth in home runs (14).
RBI LEADER: Liz Christiansen recorded her 103rd career run batted in during game two against Canisius on March 30 to pass Amanda Burk for the most in school history.
30-WIN CLUB: Nicole Pagano's complete game four-hitter in game one against FDU on March 24 was her 30th career win. She joins elite company as Zena Edwards, Jamie Fowler and Maria Lutz are the only other players to accomplish the feat in their Mount careers. Edwards holds the school record with 46 career victories.
DEFENSIVELY SOUND: The Mount's starting outfield of senior Erin Leddy in center, sophomore Kendra Hayward in right and freshman Megan Baker in left has committed a combined one error this season. Leddy has started all 34 games with just one error, while Hayward has 23 starts to her name, and Baker has started 31 games without an error. Junior Bre Lohman has also made 13 starts in right field with zero errors.
FIVE-GAME WINNING STREAK: The Mount's five-game winning streak, which was snapped against Bryant on Saturday, March 23, was the second-longest winning streak in the program's Division I history. The longest in team history was 21 games in 1987 and the six-game run in 2006 was the team's longest since joining Division I in 1988-89.
HEAD COACH ANNA NAGRO: Anna Nagro is the eighth head coach in Mount St. Mary's softball history. She has compiled a 42-89 overall record, including 15-35 in the NEC. Last season's eight wins in NEC play tied for the third most in the Mount's single-season history.
OUR LADY OF THE MEADOWS FIELD: During Anna Nagro's tenure, the Mount holds a 14-26 record at home at Our Lady of the Meadows Field. The Mountaineers are 4-6 at home this season after a 3-9 record last season and a 7-11 mark in 2011.
2012 ALL-CONFERENCE: Liz Christiansen and Nicole Pagano each garnered All-Northeast Conference honors last year. Christiansen was First Team All-NEC after leading the Mount in average (.320), hits (47), doubles (9), home runs (9), RBIs (34) and total bases (83). She hit .355 in NEC play with five home runs and 15 RBI. She finished the season as the Mount's all-time leader with 24 career home runs and was second with 96 RBIs. Pagano was a Second Team All-NEC selection at the pitcher spot. Pagano went 11-11 with a 1.47 ERA and 147 strikeouts in 151.0 innings of work. She had a perfect game on March 16, 2012 against Rhode Island while adding her second no-hitter of the year against UMBC.
PRESEASON PICKS: The Mount was picked to finish ninth in the annual Northeast Conference preseason coaches poll. Robert Morris was tabbed as the favorite with six first-place votes, followed by defending tournament champion LIU Brooklyn, who was picked second with five first-place votes. Central Connecticut was picked third, while Monmouth and Bryant round out the top five. Quinnipiac was voted sixth, followed by Sacred Heart, Saint Francis U, Mount St. Mary's, Wagner and Fairleigh Dickinson.
UP NEXT: The Mount will continue its homestand with a doubleheader against Morgan State on Wednesday, April 17, at 3:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Meadows Field.