Point Park too much for Houghton in pair of 9-0 win in five innings
March 30, 2012
Olivia Sorce was 3 for 4 with a HR, four RBIs and five runs in Saturday's doubleheader. Photo by Alice Fevola.
KENNEDY TWP., Pa. -- The Point Park University softball team overwhelmed Houghton College on Friday by winning both ends of an American Mideast Conference doubleheader by identical scores of 9-0. Both games ended after five innings due to the mercy rule.
Point Park (13-11, 2-0 AMC) battered the the first-year Houghton (0-16, 0-4 AMC) ball club for a total of 18 runs on 17 hits in its eight times at bat on the day. Houghton, a longtime AMC school, is in its first year of sponsoring a softball program.
Point Park hosts Houghton for two more games on Saturday. The AMC twinbill begins at 12 p.m. at Fairhaven Park, and the start time was moved up one hour earlier than originally scheduled.
WPPJ-AM 670 will broadcast live on internet radio both games on Saturday. Listen live at www.wppjradio.com from your computer or smartphone.
Kelsey Robertson (7-3) got the win in Friday's opener. She gave up only one hit in the five-inning shutout. Robertson struck out eight and walked two. Also tossing a complete game shutout was game-two winner Ashlie Kuhn (1-4), who gave up five hits in five innings. Kuhn struck out five and walked none.
Point Park broke open game one with eight runs in the second inning to make the score 9-0. Olivia Sorce belted a first-inning, solo homer to deep center field before the flood gates opened in the second.
Sorce was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs. Sorce and Ashley Morran, who was 3 for 3 with two RBIs, did the most damage. Ashlie Kuhn was the only other Point Park player with a multi-hit game as she went 2 for 3 with an RBI.
The eight-run second inning featured a total of six hits and two errors. An error, a walk and a single by Kuhn loaded the bases for Sorce, who ripped a two-run single. Morran followed two batters later with a two-RBI base hit of her own. Before the inning was through, Julie Campbell, Sara Guffey and Kuhn each added a run-scoring single.
Point Park had a modest lead of 4-0 when it came to bat in the bottom of the fourth inning. The score was still 4-0 when the Pioneers had two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth. That's when Amanda Ardinger and Morran put the game out of reach and inacted the mercy rule.
Ardinger smashed a pinch-hit, three-run double to deep left field -- the deepest part of the ball park -- and Morran followed with a two-run homer to make it 9-0. Then Kuhn retired Houghton in order in the fifth to close things out. Kuhn retired the last six batters she faced.
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