CINCINNATI, Ohio-- The Mount St. Joseph softball program opened up up Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, hosting the Spartans of Manchester University at the Kinder Morgan Softball Complex. The Lions dropped game one 7-3 before storming back in to take game two 8-3.
The Lions sent Sarah Miller (Fischers, IN/St. Theodore Guerin) to the mound to start game one. The freshman would struggle with her command in this one. She opened by allowing a single, followed by a homerun, putting the Lions behind from the start. All told Miller went 4.1 innings allowing 5 earned runs, while allowing 8 baserunners to reach via the walk.
Offensively the Lions managed only four hits in the game, with two of them coming off the bat of Alehia Tucker (Covington, KY/Holy Cross). The Mount fell by a score of 7-3.
The second game was much better for the Lions. They again fell behind in the first thanks to a first inning homerun for the Spartans. In this game it came with Olivia Burger (Cleves, OH/ Taylor) on the mound for the Lions. Burger's line was not stellar, but she did give the Lions an opportunity to win the game. For the game she went 2.2 innings allowing 4 hits, and allowed 3 earned runs before being relieved by Miller. Miller was much sharper in this one pitching 4.1 innings of shutout 1 hit ball, while striking out 6 Spartans.
The Lions were much better in the batters box in this one as well, as they banged out 12 hits. Eight of the nine Lions starters registered hits in the game with the big blow coming off the bat of freshman Gracie Woodyard (Plainfield, IN/Avon). In the bottom of the second inning, with the Lions trailing 2-0, Woodyard drilled an absolute bomb of a homerun to straight away left field. There were two Mount batters aboard, so Woodyards first career homer was a 3-run shot that put the Lions ahead. They would dent the plate five more times enroute to a 8-3 victory.
Mount St. Joseph will return to the field on Wednesday, as they welcome the Panthers of Hanover College to Kinder Morgan for another HCAC double-header.