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Lions' softball team splits HCAC doubleheader at Bluffton University

Sunday, April 06, 2014
by Dane Neumeister

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.

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