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Goulart tallies four hits, but Bryant falls twice to Mount St. Mary's Saturday

Chris Hook Photo
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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Junior Kaleigh Goulart (Marion, Mass) collected four hits on the afternoon, but the Bryant University softball team was defeated in both ends of a doubleheader by Mount St. Mary's Saturday on Senior Day at Conaty Park.

Senior Robyn Ukegawa (Carlsbad, Calif.) drove in a pair of runs, while Goulart homered and went 4-for-8 in the doubleheader.

GAME INFORMATION

Game 1: Mount St. Mary's 5, Bryant 1
Game 2: Mount St. Mary's 7, Bryant 4

Records: Bryant (12-29, 6-8 NEC) | Mount St. Mary's (16-21-1, 6-6 NEC)
Location: Conaty Park (Smithfield, R.I.)

Game 1 - W|L: Amanda Berkley (6-4) | Sarah McKeveny (3-9)
Game 2 - W|L: Katie Olson (5-4) | Logan Paul (5-5)

KEY MOMENT (Game 1)

  • The Mountaineers jumped ahead 3-0 in the top of the first behind a two-run double and run-scoring passed ball.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Game 1)

  • Mount St. Mary's scored three runs in the first with a two-run double getting the Mountaineers on the board. Another run came across on a passed ball.
  • The Mountaineers added to the lead in the second inning on a Morgan Alisauckas homer and in the fourth on an RBI groundout to lead 4-0.
  • Junior Jessica Gradillas (Nogales, Ariz.) chipped into the deficit with a sixth-inning RBI single to score Goulart for the lone Bulldog run of the opener.

STATS (Game 1)

  • The Bulldogs tallied five hits in the opening game with two from Goulart.
  • Senior Logan Paul (Shaker Heights, Ohio) pitched 5 1/3 innings of relief, holding the Mountaineers to one unearned run.

KEY MOMENTS (Game 2)

  • The Mountaineers lead 3-0 after 1 ½ innings off Alisauckas' second homer of the afternoon.
  • Bryant loaded the bases with nobody out in the sixth, but were only able to push across one run before adding a seventh-inning homer.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Game 2)

  • The Mount collected two runs on four hits in the top of the first to jump ahead.
  • An Alisauckas homer in the top of the second pushed the Mountaineer lead to 3-0, but an Ukegawa sac fly in the bottom of the frame scored Gradillas to make it 3-1.
  • A leadoff homer in the third and an unearned run in the fourth gave the Mount a 5-1 advantage.
  • Sophomore Gabrielle Ermish (Pottstown, Pa.) tagged a double off the wall to plate senior Rachel Monroe (Southwick, Mass.) and bring Bryant back within 5-2.
  • A pair of sixth-inning RBI groundouts extended the Mount cushion to 7-2.
  • After loading the bases to begin the sixth, an Ukegawa RBI single in the bottom of the inning scored Monroe, but Bryant stranded the remaining three to trail 7-3 heading to the seventh.
  • Goulart homered in the final inning for the 7-4 final.

STATS (Game 2)

  • Seven of the nine Bulldogs in the starting lineup picked up at least one hit, with Goulart collecting two.
  • Ukegawa was 1-for-2 with two RBIs including the sac fly.
  • Monroe, the lone starting Bryant position player not to record a base hit, walked twice.
  • Gradillas was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

GAME NOTES

  • Bryant drops to 9-9 all-time against Mount St. Mary's.
  • The Bulldogs collected eight or more hits for the eighth time in 14 NEC games.
  • All six Bryant seniors - Brandi Burgin (Santa Clarita, Calif.)Hannah Crofut (Buffalo, N.Y.), Monroe, Paul, Gianna Pizzano (Saugus, Mass.) and Ukegawa appeared in at least one game Saturday.

UP NEXT

Bryant returns to action Wednesday as the Bulldogs take the trip up to Brighton, Massachusetts, to face Boston College at 4 p.m.