Monday, February 24, 2014
The Mount completed its two-day, four-game swing through the South on Sunday with a doubleheader at Tennessee Temple University, losing 8-5 and 11-8. The Lions, 0-4 on the season, will be idle until March 9 when they embark on their annual Florida Spring Break slate of games, opening with Muskingum University and Mitchell College in Winter Haven, FL.
Game one saw the Crusaders plate two runs in the second inning, and six more in the fourth inning, to take an 8-0 lead. The Mount bounced back with a four-run fifth, thanks to a grand slam by Makayla McClurg (Aurora, IN/South Dearborn). The Mount would add one more run, on a McClurg sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, plating Mallory Wright (Germantown, OH/Valley View), who had doubled earlier in the inning. The Lions had six hits in the game, with two each from Morgan Kain (Batesville, IN/Batesville) and Wright, but committed six errors, allowing two unearned runs. Ashley Moore (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) took the loss in a complete game pitching effort.
In game two the Mount jumped out to a 3-0 win after their at-bat in the first inning, but TTU cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the frame with two runs. The Crusaders would add four runs in the second inning and three more in the third, to take a 9-3 lead. THe Mount got one run back in the fourth inning, as Morgan Hoehn (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain) scored on the front end of a double steal attempt. The Lions would add three more run in the at-bat in the sixth inning, making the score 9-8, but would get no closer. McClurg connected for a two-run home run for the Mount in the inning, making the score TTU 9-7. The Crusaders would add two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, to push their lead out to 11-7. Hoehn doubled in a run in the seventh, for the Lions final scoring in the game. Wright paced the 12-hit attack with four hits, while McClurg and Hoehn added two hits each. McClurg also had three RBI. Megan James (Villa Hills, KY/Dixie Heights) tossed a complete game in the setback.