Pagano Breaks Single-Season Wins Record to Help Mount Softball Split with Wagner
Emmitsburg, Md. (April 19, 2014) – Nicole Pagano added another accolade to her growing resume by breaking the Mount St. Mary's softball record for wins in a season, picking up her 15th victory in game one of Saturday's doubleheader versus Wagner at Our Lady of the Meadows Field. The Mount won game one, 2-1, before falling in the second game by a 3-1 final score in eight innings.
The Mount (19-17-1, 7-3 NEC) has won seven of its last nine games and improves to 8-4 at home in 2014. Wagner (17-21, 4-6 NEC) salvaged a split in game two in extra innings.
MOUNT 2 – WAGNER 1
Behind Pagano's complete-game performance with three strikeouts, while giving up one run on eight hits, the Mount used single runs in the second and fourth innings to pick up the victory.
Holly Buckel started the threat in the bottom of the second with a single up the middle. When the next batter, Lindsey Ruhle, grounded out to the shortstop, Buckel tried for third and a Wagner throwing error allowed her to score the game's first run.
Wagner was able to cut the Mount's lead in half in the top of the fifth by manufacturing a run. With runners on first and second, both players advanced on Kelsey Parker's sacrifice bunt before Brenda Bott's infield single allowed Brianna Tredway to score from third.
The Mountaineers also put a runner on third base in the third inning when Jessica Greenewald singled, took second on an error then stole third. The freshman was stranded at third, however, as Wagner's pitcher McKaleigh Goodale recorded the next two outs. Goodale pitched six innings, allowing six hits and two runs to take the loss.
Pagano worked out of jams in the second and third innings when Wagner put runners on third base but could not convert. Pagano won her 15th game of the season, passing the mark of 14, which she tied last year.
Offensively, Buckel and Heinze both went 2-for-3 at the dish for the Mount in game one.
WAGNER 3 – MOUNT 1 (8 Innings)
Game two was another low-scoring affair despite a combined 18 hits, including 10 for Wagner.
The Seahawks struck first with Hayley Sullivan's RBI double to left field in the top of the third to score Beth Lewis. The lead was short lived as Ruhle countered with her first career home run on a solo shot over the fence in left field to level the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth.
The game would remain knotted at 1-1 until the top of the eighth when Wagner's Abigail Beasley knocked a two-run home run after Parker led off with a single for a 3-1 win.
Despite taking the loss, freshman pitcher Sam Lichtner posted a solid outing with six strikeouts and just one walk while yielding 10 hits and three runs. For Wagner, Samantha Bedker allowed just the one run on eight hits in the victory.
Seven different Mount players recorded hits in game two, including Ruhle, who went 2-for-3.
The Mount plays its final home game of the season on Wednesday, April 23, versus Towson at 3 p.m.
GAME NOTE: Nicole Pagano surpassed the previous school record of 14 wins in a season set by Maria Lutz in 2006. The mark has since been tied by Jamie Fowler in 2009, Amanda Sadowl in 2010 and Pagano in 2013.