Sunday, April 06, 2014
In their first HCAC action of the 2014 season, The College of Mount St. Joseph softball team got a doubleheader split on Saturday at Bluffton University, winning the first game 9-8 and dropping the second game – in five innings – 9-1. The Mount, 3-11 overall, 1-1 in the conference, in back in action on April 10 when they host Thomas More College.
The Beavers jumped out to a 8-0 lead after four innings, but saw the Lions’ cut the deficit to 8-5 in the fifth inning, thanks in part to a three-run home run by Makayla McClurg (Aurora, IN/South Dearborn). Run-scoring hits by Paige Norton (Cincinnati, OH/Reading) and Pam Wisniewski (Fliorence, KY/Boone County) in the sixth inning helped the Mount knot the score at eight-all. In the seventh inning, Mount leadoff batter Megan James (Villa Hills, KY/Dixie Heights) ripped a double, and was replaced by pinch runner Morgan Hoehn (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain). Hoehn was moved over to third base and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Mallory Wright (Germantown, OH/Valley View).
The Lions pounded out 12 hits in the win, with Wright, Wisniewski and Morgan Kain (Batesville, IN/Batesville) collecting two hits each. Wright and Kain also scored two runs each. Ashley Moore (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) pitched seven innings, collecting her first win of the season.
Moore blasted a solo home run in the second inning of game two, staking the Lions to a 1-0 lead, but Bluffton rebounded to score three runs in the third inning and six runs in the fourth inning. The fourth inning outburst was paced by two doubles and a triple by the Beavers. Bluffton out-hit the Mount, 9-5 in the second game, which saw the Lions commit five errors. Moore had two hits in the night-cap, while McClurg had two walks. Mount starter Jessica Davis (Wilmington, OH/Clinton-Massie) absorbed the loss. She was relieved by James.