Emmitsburg, Maryland (March 18, 2023)–Mount St. Mary’s split a pair of games in their home tournament Saturday at Our Lady of the Meadows Field on campus. The Mount opened the day with a 5-2 victory over UAlbany before falling to Lafayette, 4-2, in the second game of the day.
MOUNT ST. MARY’S 5, UALBANY 2
abigayle perry he hit a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to propel the Mount to a 5–2 win over UAlbany in the first game of the day. The Mount trailed 2-1 at half-time before rallying for the win. Maggie Kane and Tori Bowles each had two hits in the victory.
The Great Danes (4-8) took the lead on an unearned run in the top of the first inning. The Mount was able to even the score with a run in the bottom of the second. kassidy johnson she was hit by a pitch with one out, and went around all the bases on Bowles’ two-out double to tie the score 1–1.
After UAlbany’s Morgan Petty hit a home run to right center field in the top of the fourth to put the Great Danes back in front, Mount was able to score a run in the bottom of the inning to tie the score again. Kaia Bonshock he doubled to lead off the inning, moved to third on Johnson’s groundout, and scored on a wild pitch.
Perry put the Mount on top with a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the fifth. His drive down the left-field line held just right to give the Mount a 3-2 lead. Mount St. Mary’s (9-12) a couple of sure runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Mount had runners on second and third with one out after a couple of errors by UAlbany. Julia Vincent he followed up with a perfectly placed pressure bunt for an RBI single to make it 4–2, and Bowles added to the lead with an RBI single.
avery neuhart he improved to 3-2 on the season with a complete game effort. The graduate student allowed one earned run in seven innings of work, allowing five hits and racking up three strikeouts. Kane finished the game 2-for-2 at the plate while Bowles was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
LAFAYETTE 4, MOUNT ST. MARY 2
Lafayette scored four times in the top of the sixth inning and held on for a 4-2 victory over Mount in the second game of the day.
The game began as a pitching duel between the del Monte maddie coleman and Lafayette’s Kailee Sawai, as there was only one combined hit between the two teams in the first five innings. Lafayette’s Harlie Bickett led off the game with a batters hit, but was later obliterated on a caught steal. From there, Mount’s Coleman was in charge, retiring the Leopards so that over the next four innings they took a no-hitter into the top of the sixth.
Megan Coyle led off the sixth with a single up the middle to break Coleman’s no-hitter bid. After a strikeout, Grace Hausamann moved pinch runner Jasmine Nguyen to second on a sacrifice bunt. Bickett continued to drive the ball over the fence in left field to set up Nguyen with the first run of the game. The throw to second from the outfield went over the second baseman’s head and into right field, allowing Bickett to reach home plate for a 2-0 lead. Kylie Sweet was then hit by a pitch that ended Coleman’s day in the circle. Paige Sandidge then greeted the reliever olivia murphy with a two-run home run to make it 4–0.
The Mount finally got to Lafayette starter Sawai in the bottom of the sixth. Sawai allowed a bunt single to abigayle perry in the bottom of the first, but didn’t allow a hit over the next four innings to drive a hit into the bottom of the sixth. With two out and no one on base, Perry drew a walk and moved to second on a Maggie Kane ground hit. Kaia Bonshock he followed with a single to right center field to score Perry. The throw to home went to the top, but the Leopards were able to rally and throw out Kane at the plate to end the inning.
The Mountaineers rallied in the bottom of the seventh, but were unable to complete the comeback. Bowles doubled to lead off the inning and pinch runner zoe truxon moved to third in a Mariah Goddess ground hit. vanessa martin he then reached on an error by Lafayette’s second baseman to drive home Truxon and make the game 4–2. Lafayette brought in Morrigan Gardiner as a reliever, and with two outs, Julia Vincent hit an infield single to third base that loaded the bases for Perry. Gardiner was able to retire Perry with a fly out to right field to earn the save.
Coleman struck out eight and allowed three runs and four hits in 5.2 innings pitched. Murphy allowed one run in 1.2 innings of relief.
UNTIL NEXT TIME: The Mount Softball Tournament concludes tomorrow with three more games. Games were pushed back an hour with UAlbany and Lafayette starting the day at 11:00 a.m. The Mount will host UAlbany at 1:00 p.m. and close out the day against Lafayette at 3:00 p.m.