Mount St. Mary's Softball Splits with Morgan State

Mount St. Mary's Softball Splits with Morgan State

Emmitsburg, Md. (April 17, 2013) -- The Mount softball team won game one of Wednesday's non-conference doubleheader against Morgan State, 8-0, before falling in game two, 13-8, at Our Lady of the Meadows Field. Senior Kelly Hickman led the Mount's offense with three hits and three RBIs on the afternoon. 

In game one, junior Nicole Pagano pitched her third-consecutive complete game for the Mount (13-27), allowing just two singles to Morgan State's leadoff hitter Shareday Christina while striking out five batters for her 11th win of the season. 

The Mount held leads in both contests and was able to hang on for the win in the first game but could not hold off the Morgan State (3-31) offense in game two. 

The Mount's offensive attack was aided by 14 walks by the Bears' starting pitcher, Jordan Eads, in game one. In the bottom of the first, leadoff hitter Rachel Gavigan doubled then stole third base. After Megan Baker followed with a walk, the Mount pulled off a double steal as Gavigan scored for a 1-0 advantage.

Two batters later, a passed ball allowed Baker to score from third for a 2-0 Mount lead. 

With two outs in the bottom of the third, Cat Clifford walked and her pinch runner Niki Powell took second on Erin Leddy's walk. Hickman knocked in Powell on a single to left field for a 3-0 score. Next batter Bre Lohman walked to load the bases before Alexa Tuck was hit by a pitch to force in the Mount's fourth run of the day. 

The Mountaineers were able to end the game in the sixth with four runs to complete the 8-0 victory. Gavigan recorded a leadoff double to left and scored three batters later on Clifford's sacrifice fly to center in the inning. 

With runners on first and second, Leddy earned a free pass to load the bases before Hickman's single as well as a Morgan State error allowed two runners to score for a 7-0 lead. 

Alyssa Silipino's walk re-loaded the bases and Casey Beck worked a walk to score the eighth run to end the game in the bottom of the sixth.  

Gavigan turned in a 2-for-3 performance at the plate and scored two runs in game one, while Hickman was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Mount looked on its way to a sweep with a 5-0 lead after one inning in game two. Gavigan led off with a walk before four consecutive Mount singles by Leddy, Christiansen, Clifford and Hickman led to a 3-0 advantage. Lohman was hit by a pitch to load the bases and the Mount got another run on a fielding error and Powell's RBI groundout. 

The Bears managed two runs in the second inning on a Mount error and took a 9-5 lead the following inning with seven runs on five hits. MSU sent 13 batters to the plate in the frame. 

The Mount's deficit ballooned to 13-5 as the Bears knocked in four more runs in the fourth off starter Hayley Stankan, who took the loss with 13 runs on seven hits. 

With runs on a Holly Buckel double to left center and Baker's bunt single, the Mount trimmed the Bears' lead to 13-7. Buckel singled up the middle in the bottom of the sixth to score Katy Bobbitt for the Mount's last run of the game. 

With one inning left to play, the game was called due to darkness.  

Buckel and Bobbitt both had two hits for the Mount in the nightcap.  

On Saturday, April 20, the Mount will host Northeast Conference opponent Monmouth at Our Lady of the Meadows Field for senior day beginning at 1:00 p.m.