LOUISVILLE, Kentucky-- The Mount St. Joseph softball team traveled to take on the Golden Eagles of Spalding University and it would be a historic evening for the Lions. As two Mount career records would fall on the evening, all while the Lions dominated both games of the double-header.
In a double header where everything went right for the Lions, one player was rewarded for years of hardwork and dedication. The Mount's centerfielder and leadoff hitter Morgan Kain (Batesville, IN/Batesville) broke two career records in the double header. The first record to fall would be the stolen bases record. Morgan singled into left field with one out in the 6th. Then quickly she stole second base, the 87th steal in her Mount career, breaking a record previously held by Erin Brogan. Then in the sixth inning of game two, Morgan led off with double to straight away centerfield. This was the 39th double in her career, breaking the record previously held by Robin Theising.
In game one the Lions jumped out to a quick lead scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. As Morgan Hoehn (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain) delivered an RBI double, and Savannah Sturgill (West Harrison, IN/East Central) hit a two-run homerun.
The continued to score early, as all of their runs came in the first three innings. In inning number two it Hoehn again drove in a run, this time with a sacrifice fly. Then in the third the Lions put up three more runs, this time on a 3-run homerun by Danielle Nichelson (Glencoe, KY/Gallatin Co.).
Starting pitcher Paige Kiesewetter (Piqua, OH/Miami East) took that lead to the mound, and was dominant. She threw a complete-game shutout, allowing only two hits and zero walks, while striking out eight Spalding batters. Helping the Lions to secure a 7-1 victory.
In game two the Lions would again jump ahead early, scoring one in the top of the first. As Kain led off the game with a triple, and was later driven in by Sturgill on a basehit to left field. The Lions would score one run in every inning up until the fifth. In the fifth inning they would up the ante by scoring two, as Brandy Bunch (Mason, OH/Mason) and Katie Tarter (Fairfield, OH/Fairfield) each delivered an RBI hit.
Then came the decisive sixth inning where the Lions offense exploded. As they delivered six runs on seven hits in the inning. Five different Lions delivered RBI hits in the inning, with Bri Kauf (Orrville, OH/Orrville) capping the inning with a two RBI basehit.
On the mound for the Lions in game two was Nichelson who got her ninth win on the season. She threw a complete game allowing five hits and two earned runs, while striking out seven. All told the Lions cruised to a 12-2 win.
The Lions again take the field as they travel to Terre Haute, Indiana to take on the Fightin' Engineers of Rose-Hulman. The double-header will kick off at 1:00 pm, check MSJsports.com for a live stats feed of the game.