Point Park beats Walsh twice at home, improves to 7-3 AMC
April 18, 2011
Teresa Davis homered and had an RBI double in the 3-2 win in game one.
KENNEDY TWP., Pa. -- Point Park University won both ends of an American Mideast Conference softball doubleheader with visiting Walsh University Monday at Lind Field to run its AMC record to 7-3. The Pioneers (17-14) won two close games by scores of 3-2 and 2-0 after getting three key home runs in support of good pitching and defense.
Teresa Davis, a freshman catcher from Vermilion, Ohio, had a solo homer and an RBI double in the first game, and she combined with Julie Campbell to provide all the runs the Pioneers needed. Davis got Point Park on the board with her home run in the second, and Campbell, a junior from Baldwin, Pa., tied things up at 2-2 with her solo shot in the fifth.
In the bottom of the sixth, Olivia Sorce doubled and scored on Davis' two-base hit as the Pioneers took the decisive lead, 3-2.
Walsh (13-14, 5-5 AMC), which had taken a 2-1 lead on Kendra Gerber's two-run homer in the fourth, got the tying one base in the top of the seventh, but Lindsey Inzana closed out the game in her second inning of relief.
Inzana (5-6) got the victory with no runs on two hits. She pitched the final two innings after starter Kelsey Robertson pitched the first five. Robertson gave up two runs on six hits, struck out two and walked one. Her only mistake was the two-run shot by Gerber.
In the second game, Point Park starter Kristen Zelenka improved to 6-1 with a complete-game shutout. The senior from Washington, Pa., gave up nine hits, but an errorless defense for the second time on the day helped strand nine Walsh runners.
Zelenka struck out five, walked none and left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh to preserve the victory. Zelenka now has 48 strikeouts compared to 11 walks on the year.
Nichelle Navarro, a junior outfielder who transferred this year from Golden West (CA) JC ripped the first home run of her Point Park career, a two-run bomb to deep left that accounted for the only runs of the game. The third-inning homer was the only black mark on the line of Walsh starter Kelsey Ford, who gave up only the two runs on four hits over six innings.
Trailing, 2-0, Walsh used three infield singles to load the bases with one out in the top of the seventh. But Zelenka struck out the next batter looking and induced a soft liner back to the mound to end it.
Ford's effort was the second strong pitching performance for Walsh, which got a complete-game, five-hitter from Erin Ebert in the opener. Ebert struck out six and walked one, and like Point Park, the Cavs did not make an error all day.
Point Park gets right back into AMC action Tuesday when its hosts Carlow for an conference doubleheader. Game time is 3 p.m. at Lind Field at Fairhaven Park. The Pioneers visit Seton Hill Wednesday (3 p.m.) before concluding AMC play versus Notre Dame (OH) at home Friday (3:30 p.m.).