WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – After earning wins in each of their last two outings, Mount Ida College was unable to hold a lead in their first game on Wednesday morning, falling 5-3 to Monmouth College (Ill.) and then couldn't mount a comeback against SUNY Potsdam, dropping a 6-3 decision as they wrapped up their time at the Spring Games at Foundation Academy.
Game One: Monmouth 5, Mount Ida 3
After being held hitless into the fourth inning and trailing 2-0 after the top of the first, Mount Ida put together a three-run fifth inning to take the lead, but saw the Scots come back with two runs in the top of the sixth and an insurance tally in the seventh.
The Mustangs were issued 11 walks in the game, and finally capitalized when Victoria Russo (Revere, Mass.) singled home a run with the bases loaded to score Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) who had started the inning with a clean single through the left side, only the second hit of the day for Mount Ida.
Second baseman Johnna Schultz (Spring Valley, Ill.) was 2-4 for Monmouth (4-2) with a pair of runs scored. Schultz drove in the first run of the game with a double down the left field line and then scored on a single to center field by pitcher Kaylee Kurtz (Delavan, Ill.), who was handed a no-decision after allowing three earned runs on three hits with ten walks and five strikeouts through four and two-thirds innings.
Schultz led off the top of the sixth with a triple and she and Kurtz each scored thanks to a sacrifice bunt by Angela Schaumburg (Colona, Ill.) and a Mount Ida fielding error.
Another miscue by the Mustangs led to an unearned run in the seventh and junior Nicole Handzel (Palmer, Mass.) dropped to 2-2 on the year despite striking out eight batters over seven innings. Handzel walked just one batter and allowed six hits and three earned runs.
Kaila Dunfee (Annawan, Ill.) earned the win to improve to 2-0 after getting the final out of the fifth inning, and Liz Hippen (Toulon, Ill.) earned her second save of the season with two innings of scoreless one-hit relief with two strikeouts.
Game Two: SUNY Potsdam 6, Mount Ida 3
The Bears (3-5) looked like they would run away with the game with runs in each of the first four innings, but Mount Ida shut the door after the fourth and plated three runs in the sixth inning to get themselves back in the contest.
MacDonald went 2-4 with a run scored, and Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.) and Microulis each scored runs at the top of the lineup.
The 3, 4, and 5 batters each collected an RBI apiece, with Kelsey Weston (Hampstead, N.H.) drawing a bases loaded walk, Jenni Jackson (Marlboro, Mass.) hitting a sacrifice fly to left field, and Sam Laferriere (Tewksbury, Mass.) singling home Microulis, with all of Mount Ida's runs being unearned thanks to two Potsdam errors.
SUNY Potsdam saw six different players score runs and got two hits apiece from left fielder Sami Hubinsky (South Glens Falls, N.Y.), who smacked a triple, and pitcher Meghan Dougherty (East Greenbush, N.Y.), who improved to 2-2 after allowing just one hit in five and a third innings.
Katie Marsman (Wantagh, N.Y.) got things started with an RBI single in the first inning, and the Bears scored twice in the second and twice in the third thanks to two Mustang fielding errors, a groundout by Brooke Faision (Brockport, N.Y.) and an RBI single by catcher Lauren Brace.
Hubinsky's triple in the fourth scored Carina Chirinko (Fairport, N.Y.), who started as the designated player and then came on to pitch the final one and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief.
Handzel struck out ten more batters but dropped to 2-3 on the year.
Mount Ida (2-6) returns home and rests up for the next ten days before travelling to Regis on March 20th for a non-conference doubleheader with the Pride at 12:00 PM.