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Lions' softball team drops home doubleheader to HCAC-leader Anderson University

Saturday, April 26, 2014
by Dane Neumeister

HCAC-leader Anderson University scored 20 runs and collected 25 hits as they posted a doublheader sweep over the Lions on Friday evening at Kinder Morgan Complex. The Mount, 6-24 overall, 3-11 in the conference, will conclude their 2014 season on April 26 with an away conference doubleheader at Franklin College.

Game one against the Ravens saw the visitors post an 11-3 winning score in five innings. Anderson scored six times in the first inning, posting five hits. The Mount got two runs back in the bottom of the inning, with Becky Owens (Cincinnati, OH/Dater) and teammate Alli Lenos (Middletown, OH/Madison) each recording an RBI. Anderson added another run in the second and four more runs in the third inning, to jump out to a 11-2 lead. Owens added her second RBI of the game in the fifth inning, on a single, scoring Paige Norton (Cincinnati, OH/Reading) to end the scoring.

Norton had two runs scored in the first game, while Mallory Wright (Germantown, OH/Valley View) collected two of the Lions five hits in the game. Megan James (Villa Hills, KY/Dixie Heights) started and suffered the loss for the Mount. She was relieved by both Sierra Sydnor (Dry Ridge, KY/Grant County) and Ashley Moore (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest).

Lenos produced an RBI on a groundout in the first inning of game two, giving the Lions a 1-0 lead, but the Ravens tied the game at one-all in the second inning. Anderson went ahead 4-1 in the fourth inning off Mount starter Jessica Davis (Wilmington, OH/Clinton-Massie). Lenos connected on a solo home run in the fourth, to cut the deficit to 4-2, and the Ravens answered that with a run in the fifth to forge ahead, 5-2. The Mount tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to a two-run double by Norton, and a run-scoring hit by Morgan Kain (Batesville, IN/Batesville), who plated Norton. Anderson, however, would score four times in the top of the seventh inning, to go ahead 9-5. Norton scored Wright with a single in the bottom of the frame, but Anderson retired the last three Lions' batters in order to complete the twin-bill sweep with a 9-6 win.

Norton had three of the Mount's 10 hits in the night-cap, while Wright and Kain each chipped in two hits. Norton also had three RBI. Kain also had two stolen bases. Davis tossed a complete game in the loss.

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