CINCINNATI, OH - The Mount St. Joseph University Lions hosted the Mountaineers of Berea College in their first home double header of the season! The Mount clinched game one with the score 2-0 and the second game 11-1 in only five innings. The Lions win streak is now at eight games and they have no intention of that ending anytime soon.
Freshman Alaina Maddy(Cincinnati, OH / Northwest) would make her home field debut as she was the first Lion to take on Berea College. She would go on to pitch 5 innings and face 18 batters. The Mountaineers were only able to get 2 hits in 5 innings neither of with turned into a run for Berea. Maddy would head back to the dugout and let Sarah Miller (Fishers, IN / St. Theodore Guerin) come in and close out the game. Miller pitched the final 2 innings and faced 8 batters. Berea once again managed to snag 2 hits from Miller but she retired 5 batters off of strikeouts.
On the offensive side of the field both teams went scoreless in the first 2 innings on the game. The Lions would break that up in the bottom of the 3rd inning when they would earn their only pair of runs for the game. The first run came when Alehia Tucker (Covington, KY / Holy Cross) reached first base on a fielding error by the Mountaineers left fielder and was able to advance to second while Katie Tarter (Fairfield, OH / Fairfield) crossed the plate. The second and final run of the game came almost immediately after when Brooke Otto (Brookville, IN / Franklin County) singled to the shortstop earning herself an RBI once Tucker stepped on home plate. Both teams would go scoreless in the remaining 4 innings leading to The Lions being victorious with a final score of 2-0.
The twin dynamic duo of Kendall McCool (Brookville, IN / Franklin County) and Kamryn McCool (Brookville, IN / Franklin County) took the mound to face the Mountaineers in game two of the day. Ke. McCool started the game for The Lions, pitching 2 innings, striking out one batter and allowing the Mountaineers only run of the game, as they were able to hit a homerun over the left field wall in the first inning.
The Lions became an offensive powerhouse when they came up to bat in the bottom of the first inning. Alehia Tucker started the scoring off for The Lions, as she was able to score off of a Savannah Sturgill (West Harrison, IN / East Central) double down the left field line, tying the game 1-1. The Lions were then able to take the lead and run with it, as Sturgill was able to advance to third base off of a wild pitch before she made her way home off of a ground out by Sarah Miller. Gracie Woodyard (Plainfield, IN / Avon) was able to bring in Brandy Bunch (Mason, OH / Mason) off of a single out to left field. Katie Tarter was next to make it home for The Lions as she was able to score off of a Kennedy Miller (Aurora, IN / South Deerborn) single. Olivia Quick (Sunman, IN / East Central) earned herself a double off a hit down the left field line, bringing in Woodyard to score for The Lions and making the lead 5-1. The Lions final runs of the inning happened as Tucker made her way up to bat for the second time this inning. Tucker knocked the ball out to left field, recording her first homerun of the season as she was able to bring in Quick and Miller, making The Lions lead 8-1 at the end of the first inning.
The second and third inning went scoreless for both teams, as neither team was able to get into scoring position. Ka. McCool took over the mound from her sister entering the 3rd inning. Ka. McCool went on to pitch 3 innings, only allowing the Mountaineers 1 hit while striking out 4 batters.
The Lions found their second stride of offense in the fourth inning, as they were able to score three more runs. Sturgill was the first to score in the inning off of a throwing error by the center fielder. Miller was next to make it home for The Lions as she was also able to score from a throwing error, this time by the Mountaineers pitcher. Tarter earned the last run of the game, making The Lions lead 11-1 at the end of the fourth inning.
The game was called in the 5th inning, as The Lions were able to evoke the mercy-rule and defeat the Mountaineers of Berea College in game two by a score of 11-1. The Lions next games take place on Wednesday, March 20th against the Cardinals of Otterbein College. The Lions hope to keep earning wins and improve their winning streak to 10 as they take on the Cardinals in two games, with game one starting at 3PM and game two scheduled to start at 5:30PM. Continue to checkout MSJSports.com for more updates on the rest of The Lions 2019 season!