MOUNT ST. MARY'S (12-26) vs. MORGAN STATE (2-30)
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 3:00 p.m. (DH)
Our Lady of the Meadows Field, Emmitsburg, Md.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount completed a 2-2 weekend with splits in home Northeast Conference doubleheaders against Central Connecticut State and Saint Francis University. On Saturday, the Mountaineers handed CCSU its first NEC loss this season as Erin Leddy hit a home run in both games of the doubleheader. In the victory, Nicole Pagano tied a season high with 14 strikeouts in a complete game. Cat Clifford and Leddy knocked home runs the following day to lead the Mount to a 5-2 victory in game one against Saint Francis. Pagano again went the distance for her 10th win of the season.
ABOUT MORGAN STATE: The Bears enter the mid-week showdown searching for their first win since March 8. MSU has lost 18-consecutive games, including a three-game sweep at the hands of Norfolk State last weekend. Tiffany Rubin's .274 batting average leads the team, as do her three home runs. Pitchers Jordan Eades and Nicole Holguin have both started 13 games this season with Eades posting a 9.44 ERA and Holguin checking in at 10.05.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Mount holds an 11-10 all-times series lead over the Bears dating back to the first meeting in 1996. The Mountaineers have won eight of the last 11 meetings between the two schools.
LAST TIME WE MET: The Mountaineers and Bears played two doubleheaders in 2009 with both teams winning two games. The Mount won the first game of the first doubleheader by a 6-2 score, then came away an 8-0 winner in the last game of the home-and-home.
MOUNT VS. STATE OF MARYLAND: In two games against Maryland-based schools this season, the Mount is 2-0 with 29 runs scored and zero runs allowed. On March 13, the Mount shut out UMBC, 19-0, in five innings. To open up the April schedule, the Mount took down Towson by a 10-0 final behind Nicole Pagano's one-hitter.
MOUNT VS. THE MEAC: The games against Morgan State will be the team's fifth and sixth against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2013. Since a 4-3 loss to Florida A&M on March 1, the Mount bounced back to beat FAMU the next day then defeated Howard and Delaware State in mid-March.
RECORD BOOKS: 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 second in walks (65) and total bases (239), fifth in doubles (28) and tied for fifth in hits (137). Other Mount players in the top 10 are Erin Leddy, who is fourth for walks (57) and seventh for runs (79) and Cat Clifford is tied for fourth in home runs (15).
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.
PAGANO MAKING HISTORY: 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. She is currently fourth in school history with 34 wins. Her 10 wins this season are the sixth-most in single-season history. On April 9, Pagano broke the Mount's career strikeout record in game two of a home doubleheader against George Washington.
DEFENSIVELY SOUND: The Mount has primarily used four outfielders this season in senior Erin Leddy, sophomore Kendra Hayward, freshman Megan Baker and Bre Lohman. The four have combined to make just three fielding errors this season.
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 44-91 overall record, including 17-37 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 16-28 record at home at Our Lady of the Meadows Field. The Mountaineers are 6-8 at home this season after a 3-9 record last season and a 7-11 mark in 2011.
UP NEXT: The Mount will host Monmouth on Saturday, April 20, for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Meadows Field. Saturday will also mark the senior day celebration in the team's final home series of the season.