Late runs give Point Park victory over Indiana Wesleyan, split on Day 3 of FL trip
March 8, 2011
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Point Park University softball team broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the seventh and held on to beat Indiana Wesleyan, 2-0, Tuesday at the Rebel Spring Games. The victory gave the Pioneers (3-3) a split for the day as they lost to Culver-Stockton (Mo.), 5-0, to open Day 3 of their Florida trip.
Tuesday was the third day in a row that Point Park won one of two games. After an off day Wednesday, the Pioneers finish off their 10-game week with two games each on Thursday and Friday.
After going hitless the first six innings versus Indiana Wesleyan, Point Park got its only two hits of the game in the top of the seventh. After Danielle Dorunda reached on an error, a passed ball allowed pinch runner Lindsey Pesanka to move to second.
Ashley Morran then singled home Pesanka, who was safe on a play at the plate. Morran moved to second on the throw home and later scored on a base hit by Olivia Sorce.
Point Park used two pitchers in the game, and freshman Lindsey Inzana (2-0) got the win after pitching the last two innings. The native of Chesapeake, Va., left runners stranded at first and third in the sixth as Dorunda’s snag of a hard liner to third ended the inning. In the seventh, Indiana Wesleyan had the tying run at the plate, but a double play killed the threat. Inzana blanked the Wildcats on one hit and one strikeout.
Kristen Zelenka, a senior from Washington, Pa., got the start for Point Park and put up five scoreless innings, but she did not figure in the decision. Zelenka, the Pioneers’ No. 1 starter the last two years, gave up two hits, struck out four and walked none.
Indiana Wesleyan pitcher Abbie Forman went the distance with eight strikeouts. She allowed two runs on two hits.
In the loss to Culver-Stockton, Point Park managed just four hits and committed five errors. Culver-Stockton got its five runs with just three hits. Freshmen Abby Mathieu and Teresa Davis each had two hits to account for the Point Park offense.
The Pioneers had the table set in a couple of innings, but could not get the big hit either time. Most notably, Point Park had the bases loaded with two outs in the second, but a groundout kept the game scoreless.
Culver-Stockton strung together all three of its hits in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. Leading, 3-0, Culver-Stockton took advantage of two errors and two passed balls to extend the lead to 5-0 in the fifth.
Junior Marlena Carnicella, from Patton, Pa., got the start for Point Park, and she lasted four innings. Carnicella was saddled with the loss after giving up three runs on three hits. She struck out two and walked one. Sophomore Kelsey Robertson, from Frostburg, Md., pitched the last three innings while striking out two and walking two. Robertson gave up two runs and did not allow a hit.
Point Park continues play at the Rebel Spring Games with two games Thursday. The Pioneers have a rematch with NAIA #14 Marian (IN) at 9 a.m. followed by a date with Valley City State (ND) at 11 a.m.