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Lions' softball team drops hard-fought extra inning game to #1-ranked Montclair State University, 3-2

Friday, March 15, 2013
by Dane Neumeister

The College of Mount St. Joseph softball team pushed top-ranked Montclair State University to the limit today, eventually losing 3-2 in the eighth inning on an unearned run. The Lions, who dropped an 8-0 decision to the University of Mount Union later in the day, finished their 2013 Florida Spring Break trip with a 3-5 mark. The Mount returns to action on March 20 with a doubleheader at Wittenberg University.

In game on on Friday, the Lions jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first inning against Montclair State, thanks to two, bases loaded walks. Montclair State would tie the game at two-all with an RBI groundout in the top of the second inning. The game would stay tied throughout the next 4 1/2 innings, as the Mount would leave one runner on base in the fourth inning and two runners on base to end the fifth inning. The Redhawks then pushed across their courtesy runner (due to the international tie-breaker rule) in the top of the eighth inning, moving her to third base on a wild pitch and scoring, after one was out, on a Mount infield error.

The Lions had their courtesy runner, Paige Norton (Cincinnati, OH/Reading), placed on second, but stranded her there when the next three Mount batters made outs against Montclair ace Alex Hill, who relieved in the game. The win enabled Montclair State, which lost last season in the national semifinals of the NCAA Division III National Championships to the eventual national champion Pacific Lutheran University, with a 9-0 record for 2013.

Taylor McElhinny (Crestwood, KY/Oldham County) pitched a complete game for the Mount, allowing seven hits, three runs (one earned), with two walks and three strikeouts. Tanya Sefton (Vevay, IN/Switzerland County) had two hits in the game while Mallory Wright (Germantown, OH/Valley View) and McElhinny each recorded a hit. Kim McElhinny (Crestwood, KY/Oldham County) and Pam Wisniewski (Florence, KY/Boone County) each collected an RBI.

In the day's second game, the University of Mount Union plated a run in the first inning, and added three runs in each of the second and third innings en route to an 8-0 shutout over the Mount in five innings of action. Hausfeld once again was the Lions' starting pitcher, going 3 1/3 innings and allowing just one earned run with four strikeouts. The Lions were hampered by commiting five errors in the game, and were held to two hits, as Megan James (Villa Hills, KY/Dixie Heights) and Claire Wehby (Mason, OH/Mason) had singles. Mount Union improved to 8-2 on the season.

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