Fairfax, Va. (April 20, 2016)—Rachel Heinze broke the Northeast Conference single season home run record in helping lead the Mount St. Mary's University softball team to a split in its non-conference doubleheader at George Mason on Wednesday. Heinze's three-run homer, her 17th of the season, sparked a seven-run third inning in the Mount's 8-3 win in the opening game of the twinbill. George Mason captured the second game, 8-0.
Trailing 2-0 heading to the top of the third, Shea McFarland and Jessica Greenewald each singled to put runners on second and third with one out to set the table for Heinze, who deliver by belting a line drive homer to center field to give the Mount (12-28) a 3-2 lead.
Lindsay Heinze followed with a base hit, and after a pop out, Rachel Gavigan's single put runners on first and third. Marian Ruf then came through with a two-run double to give the Mount a 5-2 advantage. Emilee Kirk singled and McFarland walked to load the bases for Marisa Mayes, who singled to push the lead to 6-2. Greenewald then walked with the bases loaded to force home the Mount's seventh run in the frame.
Heinze's home run is her 17th of the season, breaking the NEC single-season mark of 16 set by Wagner's Andrea Lazzari in 2009. Earlier this season, Heinze broke the Mount St. Mary's single-season home run record of 11 set by Liz Christiansen in 2010. Heinze now has 24 career home runs, just one shy of matching Christiansen's Mount St. Mary's career record.
George Mason (20-19) got a run back in the fifth on a Casey Price RBI single to cut the Mount lead to 7-3. The Mountaineers got the run back in the top of the sixth. Lindsay Heinze singled up the middle to plate Rachel Heinze, who reached on a fielder's choice and stole second base.
Greenewald, Lindsay Heinze, Gavigan and Kirk each had two hits for the Mount in the first game. Ruf earned the win, allowing three runs with four strikeouts in a complete-game effort to move to 6-9 on the season.
Mount St. Mary's hosts NEC rival LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, April 23, for a noon doubleheader at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus.