Mount Softball Splits Twinbill at Robert Morris

Mount Softball Splits Twinbill at Robert Morris

Moon Township, Pa. (April 28, 2019)—Mount St. Mary's closed out the regular season with a doubleheader split at Robert Morris on Sunday.  The Mount won the opening game, 9-1, in five innings, before falling, 7-4, in the second game.

The Mount finishes the regular season with a 25-26 overall record and a 9-7 mark in the Northeast Conference.  The Mountaineers will now wait for the rest of the NEC regular season to conclude next weekend to see if they qualify for their first NEC Tournament since 2006.  LIU Brooklyn leads the league with a 10-2 record, followed by Bryant (7-4), Sacred Heart (8-5), Saint Francis U (8-6), the Mount (9-7) and Robert Morris (5-7).  The top four teams qualify for postseason play.

Game 1:  Mount St. Mary's 9, Robert Morris 1 (5 inn.)

Mount St. Mary's scored eight times in the top of the fourth inning to break open the game en route to a 9-1 win in five innings in the opening game of the doubleheader.

The Mountaineers opened the scoring in the top of the third when Kate Wade tripled, and Mariah Godde brought her home with a two-base hit.

The Mount then scored eight times in the top of the fourth to take control of the game.   Shelbee Holcomb led off with a single to left, and a Robert Morris error on a Kaia Bonshock grounder to second put two runners on board with no outs.  After a fly out, Emilee Kirk came through with a double to right center field to plate both runs for a 3-0 lead.  Wade then singled to put runners on the corners, and then stole second to put two runners in scoring position for Kaylee Stoner.  Stoner took advantage by hitting a single to center field to score both runners to give the Mount a five-run lead.  That led to a pitching change, and Godde greeted reliever Dana Vatakis with a single to put runners on the corners.  Morgan Alisauckas followed with a bunt single to load the bases, and an RMU error allowed Stoner to score.  Holcomb then singled, her second hit of the inning, to drive home Godde.  A wild pitch allowed the final run of the inning to come home.

The Colonials got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth when Abrielle McCartney doubled and Natalie Higgins singled her home.

Berkley improved to 14-13 on the season by allowing just the one run and four hits in five innings of work.  Wade went 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored in the win while Godde and Holcomb each added a pair of hits.

Game 2:  Robert Morris 7, Mount St. Mary's 4

Robert Morris scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to earn a 7-4 win in the second game of the doubleheader.

The Mount broke out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  Stoner singled and stole second, and Godde followed with a base hit to plate Stoner with the first run of the game.  Godde advanced on a groundout, and Lindsay Heinze reached on a fielder's choice to put runners on the corners.  Holcomb then reached on an error with Godde scoring for a 2-0 lead.

Robert Morris answered with a run in the bottom of the first when McCartney led off with a solo home run.  The Colonials loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, but Wade came through with a diving catch in left field to preserve the Mount's narrow 2-1 lead.

Mount St. Mary's loaded the bases in the top of the fifth with no outs when Stoner doubled, Godde reached on an error, and Alisauckas singled to left.  Heinze the lined the ball to the second baseman, who had it tip off her glove and hit the ground.  She then threw home to get the force at the plate, and RMU completed the double play when the catcher threw to third to get the force there.  The Colonials were able to escape the jam to keep the score at 2-1.

Robert Morris then took the lead with six runs in the bottom of the fifth.  Brittney Seibert and Natalie Higgins led the inning off with back-to-back singles, and the runners moved up on a Brianna Bunner groundout to second.  Taylor Bartlow singled to left to tie the score, and Erika Bell's pinch hit single to left gave the Colonials a 3-2 lead.  Taryn Miller singled to load the bases, and a Madison Shiderly sacrifice fly gave RMU a two-run lead.  Krystina Mala's RBI double pushed the lead to 5-2, and a McCartney single and a Mount error made it a six-run inning.

The Mount got two runs back in the top of the sixth.  Jessica Nines reached on an error, and Kirk followed with a two-base hit.  Wade brought home Nines with an RBI groundout.  After Stoner grounded out to third, Godde singled and Alisauckas walked to load the bases for Heinze, who was hit by a pitch to force home Kirk.  RMU escaped the jam without further damage by getting Holcomb on a strikeout to end the inning.

The Mount had the tying run on base in the top of the seventh.  With two outs and no one on base, Kirk walked, Wade reached on an error, and Stoner walked to load the bases.   RMU pitcher Vatakis was able to retire Godde on a pop out to short to end the game.

Berkley started for the Mount, allowing one run in one inning of work.  Katie Olson allowed four runs in 3.1 innings of relief to take the loss, while Avery Neuhart allowed two runs (one earned) in 1.2 innings for the Mount.

Stoner and Godde each went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Mount in the game.  The Mountaineers left 13 runners on base in the game.

NOTES:  The Mount's 9-7 NEC record is the team's first winning record in league play since the 2009 team finished 10-8…It is just the fourth time the Mount has had a winning NEC record since joining the league in 1990…The Mount went 14-6 in 2006, 11-7 in 1999 and 10-8 in 2009…The Mount's 25 wins this season are tied for the second most in program history behind the 2006 squad that finished 31-25…The Mount went 25-25 in 2010.

UP NEXT:  The Mountaineers have concluded the regular season, and are awaiting the completion of the NEC schedule to see if they qualify for the NEC playoffs for the first time since 2006.