NEWBURGH – The Mount Saint Mary College Softball team continued a 14-game home stand Saturday with a non-conference split with Saint Elizabeth. Christen Hansen earned her eighth win in a 5-0 game won victory and Samantha Bendig homered in a 7-4 game two defeat.
The Mount’s win in game won was its ninth straight and the split moves Mount Saint Mary to 13-12 overall on the season. Saint Elizabeth pushes its overall record to 12-7.
Game 1: Mount Saint Mary 5 – Saint Elizabeth 0
Mount Saint Mary got all the scoring it would need in the opener with four runs in its first at-bat.
Jenna Cendeno pushed across Olivia Ferara with the game’s first run with a single.
Melanie McClinchey forced home a run after getting hit with the bases loaded and Victoria Santomauro drove in Sofia Gannon and Nicole Rosner with a two-out double.
The only other run to score came home in the home half of the third when Rosner crossed following a two-out error.
For The Knights
Rosner finished the opener 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Santomauro wrapped up the win 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
Alicia Killeen and Cedeno each finished with a hit with Cendeno scoring a run and driving in another.
Ferara and Gannon each finished with a run scored.
Hansen moved to 8-2 on the season with 6.2 innings of shutout work. She allowed four singles and struck out seven.
Bridget Morris recorded the final out via strikeout to complete the shutout.
Game 2: Saint Elizabeth 7 – Mount Saint Mary 4
Mount Saint Mary had another strong first inning in game two, plating four more runs in its first at-bat.
Bendig opened the scoring with a two-run home run, her second of the season, to get the Knights out in front 2-0.
Santomauro drove in her third run of the game with a single and McClinchey came home with fourth run on an error.
The Eagles for on the board for the first time on the day in the second, plating five runs on four hits and a pair of errors.
Alyssa Hampton doubled home a pair of runs in the inning with Mercedes Rivera and Jennifer Tinger each driving in runs with two-out base hits.
The lead grew to the final 7-4 advantage in the seventh when the Eagles got a pair of run scoring groundouts.
Mount Saint Mary put two runners on in the bottom of the seventh but was unable to push across a run.
For The Knights
Laura Dentato finished the contest 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Bendig closed game two 2-for-4 with a home run, run scored and two RBI.
Santomauro picked up two more hits and drove in a run.
Rosner doubled and scored a run.
McClinchey recorded a hit and scored a run.
Rosner suffered the loss in the circle after allowing just two earned runs and fanning four in 6.0 innings of work.
Morris worked an inning, allowing a run and striking out one.