Mount Softball Heads to Delaware on Saturday

Mount Softball Heads to Delaware on Saturday

Mount St. Mary's (9-12) at Delaware (7-11)
Saturday, March 16, 2019, 12:00 p.m. (DH)
Delaware Softball Diamond, Newark, Del.

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The Mount softball team heads to Delaware for a doubleheader on Saturday.  The Mountaineers have won five of their past six games to improve to 9-12 on the season.  The Mount offense has been in high gear, averaging 8.0 runs over the six-game stretch.

MOUNT UPDATE: Mount St. Mary's stretched its win streak to six with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Maryland Eastern Shore on Wednesday.  The Mount rolled to an 11-0 win in the opening game before posting a 5-0 win in game two.  Jessica Nines hit three home runs in the doubleheader while Lindsay Heinze added a pair of long balls in the wins.  Amanda Berkley had a two-hit shutout in the opening game while Jordan Weaver tossed a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts in game two.  Shelbee Holcomb (.419, 10 RBI), Heinze (.382, 7 2B, 7 HR, 19 RBI) and Morgan Alisauckas (.368, 7 2B, 15 RBI) pace the Mount offense while Berkley (3-7, 3.14 ERA) and Katie Olson (2-1, 3.41 ERA) lead the pitching staff.

ABOUT THE BLUE HENS: Delaware enters Saturday's twinbill with a 7-11 record this season.  The Blue Hens lost three of four games at the UNCG Spartan Classic last weekend.  Delaware has played a pair of Northeast Conference opponents this season, losing twice to both LIU Brooklyn and Sacred Heart.  Anna Steinmetz (.354, 3 HR), Hanna Garber (.352, 14 R), Brooke Glanden (.328, 3 HR) and Brittney Mendoza (.308, 4HR, 18 RBI) lead the offense for Delaware.  Sarah Piening is the top pitcher, posting a 5-5 record with a 3.46 ERA in 54.2 innings of work.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES:  Delaware has won all 20 meetings in the all-time series with the Mount that began with a doubleheader in 1993.  Last year, the Blue Hens posted 8-1 and 4-3 wins at home against the Mount on May 2.  The Mount is 0-13 all-time on the road, 0-6 at home, and 0-1 at a neutral site against the Blue Hens.  Three of the past five matchups in the series have been one-run games.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Junior Shelbee Holcomb was been named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday. Holcomb paced the Mount with a .533 average (8-for-15) with two doubles, four runs scored and five RBI in five games.  She went 5-for-7 in the Mount's split at Hampton while going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI in the win over Morgan State.  She is the 10th Mountaineer all-time to earn a Player of the Week award, and the first since Lindsay Heinze won the award on March 5, 2018.

HEINZE BREAKS CAREER DOUBLES RECORD:  Senior Lindsay Heinze hit a pair of doubles in the Mount's 11-0 win over Maryland Eastern Shore on Wednesday to break the Mount's all-time record for two-base hits.  Heinze now has 40 career doubles, topping the mark of 39 that was set by Amanda Burk (2006-09).

NINES ON A ROLL:  Senior catcher Jessica Nines has hit a home run in each of the Mount's past three games (four total).  Prior to the power burst, Nines had hit one career home run for the Mountaineers.  Nines went 4-for-6 with three home runs in the Mount's doubleheader sweep of Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday.  She hit a pair of homers in the opening game of the twinbill before adding a two-run homer in game two.  Nines is on a six-game hit streak (8-for-16, .500, 4HR, 8R, 9 RBI) to improve her season average to .310.  She has a .431 on-base percentage and a .643 slugging percentage this season.  She has reached base in each of the past 10 games for the Mountaineers.

WEAVER STRIKES OUT 10:  Junior pitcher Jordan Weaver tossed a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts in the Mount's 5-0 win over Maryland Eastern Shore on Wednesday.  Weaver's 10 strikeouts match her career high.  She previously had 10 stikeouts against Buffalo on March 22, 2017.

OFFENSE IN HIGH GEAR:  The Mount is riding a four-game win streak heading to its twinbill at Delaware on Saturday, and has a 5-1 record over the past six games.  The offense has been in high gear over the six-game stretch.  The Mount is hitting .340 over the six games with 48 runs scored, 10 doubles and 10 home runs.  Individually, five players are hitting .400 or better over the six-game stretch.  Jessica Nines (.500, 4 HR, 8 R, 9 RBI), Shelbee Holcomb (.500, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI), Lindsay Heinze (.476, 3 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI), Morgan Alisauckas (.471, 5 R) and Kaylee Stoner (.400) comprise the group.

HEINZE AND ALISAUCKAS MOVING UP HOME RUN CHART:  Senior Lindsay Heinze and graduate student Morgan Alisauckas continue to move up the Mount's career home run chart.  Heinze has a team-high seven home runs this year, giving her 23 for her career.  She has moved into third place on the Mount's all-time home run list behind cousin Rachel Heinze (43, 2014-17) and Liz Christiansen (25, 2009-13).  Alisauckas has a pair of home runs this year, giving her 19 for her career, which is good for fourth all-time at the Mount.

MOUNT CAREER HOME RUNS

Name

Seasons

HR

Rachel Heinze

2014-17

43

Liz Christiansen

2009-13

25

Lindsay Heinze

2016-

23

Morgan Alisauckas

2015-

19

HEINZE MOVING IN ON CAREER RBI RECORD:  Lindsay Heinze is closing in on the Mount's career record for runs batted in.  Heinze has a team-high 19 RBI this season, moving her to 114 RBI in her career.  She is second on the all-time list behind cousin Rachel Heinze, who had 121 RBI from 2014-17.

PRESEASON POLL:  The Mount was tabbed to finish in seventh in the annual Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.  Sacred Heart was the unanimous pick to win it all, followed by LIU Brooklyn, Saint Francis U, Central Connecticut, Bryant, Fairleigh Dickinson, the Mount, Wagner and Robert Morris.  The Mount finished tied for sixth in the NEC standings last year with a 7-9 league record.

HEAD COACH ANNA NAGRO:  Nagro is in her ninth season at the helm of the Mount softball program, the longest tenure by a head coach in the history of the program.  Nagro has led the Mount to 37 wins over the past two seasons, including 20 in 2017, the most by a Mount team since the 2010 campaign.

UP NEXT:  The Mount heads back home to face Albany on Wednesday, March 20, with a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader.