Point Park tops Fairmont State, 8-1, to earn doubleheader split
March 26, 2011
Point Park's Kristen Zelenka earned the win in game two vs. her former team, Fairmont State.
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Point Park University softball team won at Fairmont State, 8-1, Saturday to earn a split in a non-conference doubleheader. The Pioneers narrowly lost the opener, 1-0, and are now 8-7 on the year.
Sophomores Danielle Dorunda and Amanda Ardinger carried Point Park to the 8-1 victory, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Dorunda, a third baseman who bats cleanup, was 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Ardinger, a center fielder who hits leadoff, was 3 for 3 with three RBIs.
Those two accounted for six of Point Park’s 10 hits and seven of its eight RBIs. Point Park scored the final eight runs of the game to win going away.
Dorunda’s two-run single in the third put the Pioneers ahead, 2-1. An inning later, Ardinger knocked in two runs with a base hit. Dorunda and Lindsey Pesanka each doubled to produce a run in the fifth as Point Park was up, 5-1.
Point Park extended its advantage to 8-1 with three runs in the sixth as Ardinger drove in a run with a double, and Dorunda followed three batters later with a two-run single.
Kristen Zelenka, a senior right-hander who started her career at Fairmont State, went five innings in game two to earn the win against her former team. She struck out two, walked none and allowed just one run despite giving up nine hits.
Zelenka (1-0) handed over the 8-1 lead to reliever Abbie Heigel, who gave up one hit and no runs the last two innings.
Freshman Lindsey Inzana (3-3) took the loss in the opener. The righty from Chesapeake, Va., made only one mistake, a solo homer to Abbey Wilson in the first inning. The hard-throwing Inzana blanked the Fighting Falcons on hits three more hits the rest of the game, but the Point Park offense was shut down by winning pitcher Chelsea Cobb.
Cobb totaled eight strikeouts and zero walks and limited the Pioneers to four hits. Point Park had only one runner reach second base, and that was when Julie Campbell doubled with two outs in the fifth.
The Pioneers had the leadoff man on in the seventh, but a popped-up bunt and a double play ended the game.
Saturday’s doubleheader was the first of six for Point Park versus NCAA Division II competition. All of those doubleheaders are on the road.
The Pioneers continue non-conference action by hosting Penn State-Fayette for two games Sunday. Game time at Lind Field at Fairhaven Park is 1 p.m.