NEWBURGH – The Mount Saint Mary College Softball team returned home for the first time since March 29 on Saturday and suffered 7-4 and 4-1 Skyline Conference losses to visiting Manhattanville. Riley Norwood drove in two runs in game one with Grace MacDonald striking out six and recording two hits in game two.
Mount Saint Mary falls to 9-13 overall and 2-2 in conference playing following Saturday’s results, while Manhattanville improves to 16-4 over a perfect 4-0 against league rivals.
Game 1: Manhattanville 7 – Mount Saint Mary 4
The Valiants raced out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the third after getting an RBI single from Jayleen Torres and a two-run base hit from Sarah Harker. Harker later scored on a sacrifice fly to close out the scoring in the inning.
Mount Saint Mary got on the board in the home half of the third when Samantha Bendig came home when Alicia Killeen was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded.
Leading by three runs, Manhattanville put three more runs on the board in the sixth to open a 7-1 advantage.
The Valiants plated two runs on an error in the inning in front of another run scoring hit from Torres.
The Knights battled back in the seventh with the final three runs of the game.
Bendig singled home Melanie McClinchey to open the scoring in the inning ahead of a two-run single off the bat of Norwood.
The Mount had the tying run in the on deck circle with two outs, but Manhattanville’s Charli Shinstine got a groundout to end the threat and move to 10-0 on the season.
For The Knights
Norwood finished the opener 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.
Bending had a hit, RBI and scored two runs.
Jenna Cedeno and Killeen each finished with a hit in the game.
Bridget Morris suffered the loss in the circle after allowing four earned runs on seven hits.
Morris walked just one and struck out seven over 6.0 innings of work.
Dana Donnelly worked a scoreless inning of relief, fanning two.
Game 2: Manhattanville 4 – Mount Saint Mary 1
Mount Saint Mary got out to a one-run lead when Norwood crossed with the team’s lone run following a wild pitch.
The Knights held the advantage until the fifth when Manhattanville plated a pair of runs.
Olivia Fasce knotted the score with a run scoring single and later scored the eventual tying run on a single from Samantha Walsh with two outs in the inning.
The visitors pushed in front 4-1 with the final two runs of the game in the top of the sixth.
Melissa Lopez delivered the team’s third run with a double down the right field line before Torres tripled to left center and came home on a misplay on the relay.
Following a nearly 90 minute lightning delay, the Knights would manage just one base runner of their final two at-bats.
For The Knights
At the plate, MacDonald went 2-for-3 with a double.
In the circle, MacDonald worked a complete game and allowed three earned runs on eight hits. She fanned six against just one walk.
Olivia Ferara, Cedeno and McClinchey supplied the other hits for the Mount.
Norwood drew a walk and scored the team’s lone run.