April 21, 2018--The Mount St. Mary's softball team split a Northeast Conference doubleheader with visiting LIU Brooklyn at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus on Saturday. The Mount dropped the opening game, 11-2, in five innings, but rebounded to capture a 5-4 victory in game two. The Mount's record now stands at 11-22-1 overall and 2-6 in the NEC.
GAME 1: LIU Brooklyn 11, Mount St. Mary's 2 (5 inn.)
LIU Brooklyn scored six times in the top of the third inning to take control of the game en route to an 11-2 victory in five innings in the opening game of the doubleheader. The Mount's Morgan Alisauckas went 3-for-3 at the plate in the loss.
After LIU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a Patricia Griffin triple to right, the Mount responded with a run in the bottom of the frame. Alisauckas led off with a double, moved to third on a passed ball, and came home to score on a wild pitch. LIU's Evie Clausell homered in the second to make it 2-1, but the Mount answered back in the bottom of the inning on an Alisauckas RBI single to right.
The Blackbirds (16-25, 5-6 NEC) scored six times in the top of the third to break the game open. Victoria Zamora's two-run double plated the first two runs, and Neddie Gutierrez added a two-run homer to make the score 6-2. Katie Hinkle's two-run single rounded out the scoring in the inning as LIU had seven hits in the third inning alone. The Blackbirds scored three more runs in the fourth to complete the scoring. The Blackbirds finished with 18 hits in the game.
Alisauckas went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored to pace the Mount offense. Katie Olson started for the Mount and took the loss, allowing seven runs in 4.2 innings of work.
GAME 2: Mount St. Mary's 5, LIU Brooklyn 4
The Mount scored all five runs in the bottom of the second while Amanda Berkley retired the final 10 batters she faced as the Mount posted a 5-4 victory in game two. In addition to her complete-game victory, Berkley also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double.
LIU scored twice in the top of the second to take an early 2-0 lead. With two outs and nobody on base, Ryleigh Bermea and Angie Vazquez each singled, and Claussell then doubled to left center to bring home two runs for the Blackbirds. The Mount answered with a big five-run second inning to take the lead. Berkley singled up the middle and Emilee Kirk had a base hit to left to start the inning. Kaylee Stoner then reached on a bunt single to load the bases, and Kirsten Mumma's RBI single to left plated the Mount's first run. Alisauckas evened the score with a sacrifice fly to deep center field with the runners moving to second and third on the play as well. Shea McFarland then executed a perfect squeeze bunt for an RBI single to give the Mount a lead that chased LIU starter Erynn Sobieski. The Mount then took a 4-2 advantage with a double steal with runners on the corners. Lindsay Heinze then laced a double to center field to push the advantage to 5-2.
The Blackbirds got a pair of runs back in the top of the fourth. Gutierrez doubled to open the inning, and after a Bermea walk, Vazquez doubled to right center to score pinch runner Schae Dickson, cutting the Mountaineer advantage to 5-3, and giving the Blackbirds runners on second and third with no outs. Berkley got a strikeout, and LIU's Alina Castillo followed with a sacrifice fly to left to make it a one-run game. A Mount error put runners on the corners again, but Berkley ended the threat with a strikeout.
From there, Berkley was in control, retired LIU in order in each of the final three innings to earn her fourth win of the season. Berkley allowed six hits while striking out three in the complete-game win. Berkley and Stoner each went 2-for-3 at the plate while McFarland was 2-for-4 in the win as the Mount posted 10 hits in the game.
NOTES: This is the second consecutive season that the Mount and LIU have split doubleheaders...Berkley is 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA over her past two starts...Alisauckas is hitting .500 (9-for-18) over the past six games...The Mount is now 2-3-1 at home this season.
UP NEXT: The Mountaineers host Wagner at noon tomorrow for Senior Day at Our Lady of the Meadows Field. The Mount will honors seniors Alisauckas, Devon Hutchins, McFarland and Marian Ruf with a pre-game ceremony that will begin at 11:40 a.m.