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Lions' softball team ends Florida play with two, one-run losses

Saturday, March 15, 2014
by Dane Neumeister

The College of Mount St. Joseph softball team ended 2014 play at the Central Florida Rebel Spring Spring Games on Friday afternoon, falling to Geneva (PA) College, 3-2 and Westminster (PA) College, 4-3. The Lions, 2-8 on the season, will be back in action on Mar. 20 when they host Thomas More College in a doubleheader.

The Mount opened the day's play on Friday jumping out to a 2-0 lead after two innings, thanks to a RBI groundout by Makayla McClurg (Aurora, IN/SOuth Dearborn) and a run-scoring double by Megan Erdman (Ft. Mitchell, KY/Dixie Heights). Geneva, however, would tie the game at two-all in the bottom of the third off of Mount pitcher Megan James (Villa Hills, KY/Dixie Heights), recording a two-run single. Geneva would grab the lead, 3-2, in the fifth inning when they plated a run with a sacrifice fly. The Lions stranded seven runners on base in innings four through seven. The game ended with the potential tying run on third base for the Mount.

Erdman led the offense with two hits, while four teammates collected a hit each. Sierra Sydnor (Dry Ridge, KY/Grant County) started and pitched two shutout innings, allowing three hits.

The second game of the day saw the Lions lead Westminster, 2-1, after their first inning at-bat. Paige Norton had the key hit in the inning, driving in two. Westminster tied the game at two-all in the top of the second inning, and grabbed the lead 3-2 in the fourth, only to see the Lions bounce back and tie the game at three-all in the bottom of the fourth. McClurg drove in Ashley Moore (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) with a single for the team's fourth run. The two teams were blanked over the next two innings, before Westminster scored the go-ahead run in the seventh off Moore. Once again, the game ended with the potential tying run on third base in the bottom of the seventh inning. Moore tossed a complete game for the Lions. Becky Owens (Cincinnati, OH/Dater) had two hits for the Mount in the game.

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