Mount Softball Drops Two to Monmouth in Home Finale

Mount Softball Drops Two to Monmouth in Home Finale

Emmitsburg, Md. (April 20, 2013) -- The Mount dropped both games of a home doubleheader to Monmouth on Saturday by scores of 16-3 and 7-3 on Senior Day at Our Lady of the Meadows Field. Playing their final home games, Liz Christiansen and Kelly Hickman hit home runs for the Mount. 

In the first game, Monmouth (26-13, 12-4 NEC) jumped out to a 5-0 lead entering the fifth inning. After two more runs in the fifth made it 7-0, the Mount (13-29, 4-12 NEC) got one back in the bottom of the inning when Rachel Gavigan singled up the middle to score Kendra Hayward from second base. 

The Hawks put up two more runs in the sixth for a 9-1 edge. In the home half of the sixth, the Mount loaded the bases on singles by Cat Clifford, Erin Leddy and Hickman. Next batter Bre Lohman reached on a fielder's choice and the Mount score its second run of the game on a Monmouth throwing error to cut the lead to 9-2. 

Monmouth added seven runs on four hits and five walks to put the Mount's deficit at 16-2. The big hit came off the bat of Raelynn Galindo, who recorded a pinch hit grand slam. 

Christiansen's RBI groundout in the bottom of the seventh to score Gavigan was the Mount's final run of the 16-3 defeat. 

Clifford picked up two of the Mount's six hits in game one, as the Mount was outhit 14-6.  Monmouth pitcher Lauren Sulick allowed one earned run on six hits with six strikeouts for the win. 

The momentum began with the Mount in game two as Christian extended her school record total to 25 home runs with her first of the season in the bottom of the first. Her two-out knock over the right field fence gave the Mount a 1-0 lead. 

In the bottom of the second, Hickman made it 2-0 in favor of the home side with her second career home run and first of the season. 

The Hawks took control of the game with five runs in the top of the third on a two-RBI single by Kayle Weiser followed by an RBI single by Vanessa Cardoza and a double to score two off the bat of Kate Kuzma. In the fifth, Monmouth tacked on two runs on Cardoza's sacrifice fly and Christine Scherr's RBI double for a 7-2 lead. 

In the seventh, the Mount put together a two-out rally with Lohman hitting a single to center then advancing to second on Alexa Tuck's walk.  Gavigan followed with a double to right field to allow Lohman to score, but the Mount's rally fell short at 7-3.  

The Hawks outhit the Mount in the second game by a 12-6 margin. Weiser's three hits led the Monmouth offense. 

The Mount will conclude the season with road doubleheaders at Sacred Heart on Saturday, April 27, at 1:00 p.m. and at LIU Brooklyn on Sunday, April 28, at noon.  

NOTE: In between games, the Mount honored Liz Christiansen, Kristen Collins, Kelly Hickman, Erin Leddy, Bre Lohman and Alexa Tuck before they played their final home games.