Mount St. Mary's Softball Splits Northeast Conference Doubleheader at Wagner

Mount St. Mary's Softball Splits Northeast Conference Doubleheader at Wagner

Staten Island, N.Y. (March 30, 2019)—Mount St. Mary's opened Northeast Conference play with a split in Saturday's doubleheader at Wagner.  The Mount had 15 hits in a 10-2 win in five innings in the opening game, but Wagner came back with a 4-0 shutout victory in game two.

Game 1:  Mount St. Mary's 10, Wagner 2 (5 inn.)

Mount St. Mary's scored eight times in the top of the fifth inning to break the game open in a 10-2 five-inning win in game one.  The Mount offense pounded out 15 hits in the game, led by Shelbee Holcomb's 4-for-4 effort.

The Mount (13-16, 1-1 NEC) opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning.  Kaylee Stoner singled to lead off the game, and moved to second on a Mariah Godde sacrifice bunt.  Morgan Alisauckas singled to put runners on the corners, and Lindsay Heinze was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Holcomb followed with a single to left to put the Mount on the scoreboard.

The Seahawks scored twice in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Alicia Van Orman and a Kaila Smith run-producing double.  The Mount evened the score in the third when Heinze walked, Holcomb singled and Kaia Bonshock singled to load the bases.  Emilee Kirk followed with a sacrifice fly to knot the score at 2-2.

The score remain tied until the top of the fifth when the Mount scored eight times to secure the win.  Heinze singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Lexi Donovan to open the inning.  Holcomb followed with an infield hit to put runners on first and second.  The runners moved up on a groundout, and Kirk gave the Mount the lead with an RBI bunt single on a squeeze play.  Jessica Nines followed with a double to left center field to push the Mount advantage to 4-2.  Kate Wade added an RBI bunt single to give the Mount a three-run lead, and she stole second base to put two runners in scoring position for Stoner, who singled to right field to make it 7-2.  Godde reached on an error, and Alisauckas tripled to plate two more runs for a seven-run lead.  Heinze's RBI groundout completed the scoring in the eight-run inning.

Holcomb, who leads the Mount in batting, went 4-for-4 at the plate as all nine starters recorded at least one hit in the game.  Stoner went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI while Alisauckas was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the win.

Amanda Berkley picked up the win, allowing two runs and six hits in the five-inning complete game.

Game 2:  Wagner 4, Mount St. Mary's 0

Kayla Hooks scattered eight hits in a complete-game shutout to lead Wagner to a 4-0 win in game two.  Heinze went 2-for-3 at the plate to pace the Mount offense in the game.

Wagner (8-16, 1-1 NEC) grabbed the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning.  Alexis Silinonte was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and Karen Prihoda reached on an error that put runners on second and third with one out.  Lauren Serrato doubled to plate both runners to put the Seahawks on top, 2-0.  Van Orman followed with an RBI single to make it a three-run advantage.

The Mount had a rally thwarted in the top of the sixth.  Heinze and Holcombe each singled and Bonshock walked to load the bases with one out.  Kayla Hooks was able to get out of the jam with a strikeout and a popout to keep the Mount off the scoreboard.

Kyleigh Norris added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with a pinch hit RBI single to give Wagner a 4-0 advantage.

Wade reached on an error to open the top of the seventh, and Stoner followed with a two-base hit to put runners on second and third with no outs.  Mariah Godde then flied out to left, and Wade was cut down at the plate trying to score for a double play, and Hooks completed the shutout by retiring the final batter on a popout.

Starting pitcher Avery Neuhart allowed three runs (two earned) in 3.1 innings with Katie Olson allowing one run in 2.2 innings of relief. 

UP NEXT:  Mount St. Mary's heads to Sacred Heart for a doubleheader tomorrow with the first game beginning at 12:00 p.m.