Baltimore, Md. (March 28, 2018)--The Mount St. Mary's softball team fell to UMKC, 6-4, on Wednesday afternoon in the final tuneup before the start of Northeast Conference play. The game was played at the UMBC softball field. The Kangaroos scored five times in the top of the sixth inning to rally for the victory.
After the teams played three scoreless innings, UMKC (9-22) took advantage of three walks to score the first run of the game in the top of the fourth. With one out, UMKC strung together three walks to load the bases, and Alyx Bloom drove in the first run of the game with an infield single to the second base hole. Katie Olson came on in relief, and was able to get the next two outs to get out of the jam.
The Mount finally got to UMKC starter Lynsey Conner, who retired the Mount in order in each of the first three innings. Morgan Alisauckas was hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth, and moved to second on a Shea McFarland sacrifice bunt. An error on a Lindsay Heinze grounder to third put runners on the corners with one out, and Marian Ruf followed with a base hit to bring home Alisauckas to tie the game.
Mount St. Mary's (8-14) took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Kate Wade homered to center field to lead off the inning for her first career home run. UMKC responded with a five-run sixth inning to take the lead. A single and a pair of walks had the bases loaded with two outs for Morgan Byrn, and she came through with a grand slam over the right field fence to make it 5-2. Olivia Fluehr followed with a solo home run to right to push the advantage to 6-2.
Heinze belted a solo home run to right center field to lead off the bottom of the sixth to cut the Mount's deficit to 6-3. It was Heinze's team-leading sixth home run of the season, and her second in as many days. Shelbee Holcomb led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to left field to make it 6-4. It is the first collegiate for Holcomb as well. Mariah Godde singled with one out, but Fluehr came on in relief to close out the win for UMKC.
Godde went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Mount, which had seven hits in the contest. Jordan Weaver started for the Mount, allowing one run in 4.2 innings of work. Weaver struck out three while allowing three hits and seven walks in the game. Olson pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.
The Mountaineers are back in action on Saturday, March 31, with the Northeast Conference opener at defending NEC champion Saint Francis U.