In their home opener, Mount Softball (6-14) took a loss and a win against the University of Buffalo (4-22) on a windy afternoon. The double header featured a 5-3 win for the Mount and a 13-0, Mount shutout, for Buffalo.
In Game 1, the Mount came back from 3 runs down to clinch the victory with a 5 run in the sixth inning.
Buffalo got on board first with a triple RBI in the top of the third inning to make it a 1-0 game. After the Mount was unable to respond in the bottom half, the Bills gave the Mountaineers a scare with, a bases loaded-one out, situation in the fourth.
After Buffalo’s lead-off batter got a single, the lead-off got greedy and tried to steal second, but Senior Catcher, Rachel Heinze, quickly responded to spoil the steal and claim the out.
However, Senior Pitcher, Sam Lichtner could not get the next two batters out as they singled and doubled respectively, to fill third and second. She then walked the fourth batter with a 4-0 count to load the bases.
In a one-run game, the Mount was able throw the third base runner out off a technicality. As the base runner was heading for home, she made contact with the incoming ball and was ruled out.
Though, with second and first still occupied, Lichtner was able to force the next hitter to ground a ball towards first, for the third out. The Mountaineers were unable to ride this momentum as they went down, 3 for 3 in the bottom of the fourth.
After scoring 2 runs in the fifth inning, Buffalo continued to keep the Mount’s hitters in check, keeping the Mountaineers scoreless.
However, in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Mountaineers were able to rally back and take the lead for good. First years, Shelbee Holcomb and Kaylee Stoner managed to get on base after Holcomb singled and Stoner doubled, to fill, third and second.
Then, Senior Jessica Greenwald smacked a double down the right field line, to bring in both Holcomb and Stoner, to make it a one run game, once again.
Heinze then followed up with her own single past first base to advance Greenwald to third. However, a pitch later, Greenwald was thrown out after attempting to steal home. Meanwhile, in the commotion that ensued, Heinze advanced to second.
Sophomore, Lindsay Heinze then got onto first base after a fielding error by Buffalo and then continued towards second base on the same play. The fielding error allowed Rachel Heinze to cross home plate and make it a tied game.
Sophomore-R, Morgan Alisauckas then hit a single to bring in the second base runner and give the Mount their first lead of the game. Like Rachel Heinze, Alisauckas took advantage of the confusion during the play to move to second base.
The Mount was not done with their rally yet though, as Emilee Kirk joined in the scoring fest with her own single down the middle to bring in Alisauckas and make it a 5-3 game.
The Bills managed to record the last out soon after, but the Mount’s recent rally would be too much for Buffalo to battle against. It ended with Lichtman striking out the last buffalo batter for the victory.
In Game 2, Buffalo adjusted to the Mount’s tempo and shutdown the Mountaineer’s offense for a 13-0 victory in 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Head Coach, Anna Nagro, believed her group’s ability to rally in the face of adversity was key during Game 1.
“They never give up and it doesn’t matter what the score is” she commented. Relating to the first game, she added, “They just zoned in and got some balls put in play and scored some runs.”
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