Softball Splits Doubleheader in Final Bracket at NFCA Leadoff Classic in Florida

(PANAMA CITY, FL)--  Mount Union softball team, seeded fourth in the gold bracket of the NFCA Leadoff Classic Tournament won game one against Ithaca (NY) 12-4 in six innings and lost game two against Christopher Newport (VA) 5-3 in eight innings.

In game one, the Purple Raiders did what they do best and jumped out to an early lead with two back to back two run home runs from junior second baseman Alex Lucak (Maple Heights/Trinity) and senior shortstop Meghan Simons (Minerva/Minerva). 

Mount Union added to their lead in the second inning with a string of singles from sophomore left fielder Ashley Henriques (Canton/GlenOak), freshman Rachel Jesso (Mt. Pleasant, PA/Mt. Pleasant) and senior third baseman Anna Horning (Cuyaoga Falls/Woodridge).  Errors made by Ithaca and smart base running by the Purple Raiders made the score 9-0.

Ithaca got on the board in the fourth inning by scoring three runs on four hits, making the score 9-3.

In the fourth inning, more errors by Ithaca allowed for two more Purple Raider runs to come home, making the score 11-3.

Two Purple Raider errors allowed for Ithaca to score one more run making the score 11-4.  The Raiders answered back in the sixth inning after a series of long fly balls which allowed for junior catcher Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) to score the run which would close the books on Ithaca.

Freshman Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) picked up the win for Mount Union.

Later, in game two against Christopher Newport, Mount Union gave up two runs in the first inning and left them unanswered until the third and fourth innings when the Raiders would score one run in each to tie the game at 2.

Both teams would score in the fifth which tied the game at 3.  The game went to extra innings and the Purple Raiders would give up two more runs in the eighth inning making the final score 5-3. 

The Purple Raiders are 0-2 when they do not score first.

Mount Union plays Saturday morning at 8:30 am (CST) against Moravian College at the Frank Brown Complex in Panama City Beach, Florida.