Point Park beats rival Carlow twice in its last at-bat, 5-3, 8-7, to sweep DH
April 9, 2013 at 11:15 p.m. ET
Gabi Vogt (11), pictured above, after a home run versus Carlow in last year's playoffs.
KENNEDY TWP., Pa. -- The Point Park University softball team beat Carlow University twice in its last at-bat to sweep a KIAC doubleheader, 5-3 and 8-7, on Tuesday night at Lind Field.
Point Park (18-8, 11-3 KIAC) got a walk-off, two-run homer by Gabi Vogt to win the opener after facing an early, 3-0 deficit. The Pioneers tied things up a 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single from Taylor Geary, who was 3 for 4.
Senior Kristen Zelenka got the victory in Game 1 in seven innings. She shook off a 3-0 deficit after three innings and gave up only two of her seven hits the last four innings. Zelenka stuck out three, walked two and two of the three runs she gave up were earned.
Point Park built a 7-0 lead after three innings of Game 2. Geary was 3 for 4 again, and Ashley Morran and Danielle Dorunda had two hits apiece. Olivia Sorce delivered a big, two-run single in the second. The next inning, Lauren Fevola and Dorunda each stroked an RBI single for the 7-0 lead.
But Carlow got on the board for five runs in the fifth versus Point Park starter Kelsey Robertson, although all runs in the inning were unearned due to four errors in the frame. Although Robertson was able to get out of the fifth with still a two-run lead of 7-5, she ended up with a no-decision with five strikeouts, one walk and four hits in five innings.
Carlow was down to its last out with runners at second and third in the bottom of the seventh versus reliever Kate Reese. And the Celtics got the tying runs to come home after an infield miscue allowed both runners to come home on a dribbler.
With the game tied, 7-7, Game 1 hero Gabi Vogt led off the bottom of the seventh with a double down the line. Pinch runner Abby Mathieu was then sacrificed to third by Courtney Manovich. That allowed Mathieu to race home on a wild pitch to win the game.
Point Park now has a season-long win streak of six games. The Pioneers will host Notre Dame (OH) for a non-conference doubleheader on April 11 at 3 p.m. at Lind Field.
Tuesday's games versus Carlow were a rematch of last year's American Mideast Conference Tournament Finals games won by Carlow, 10-2 (6) and 10-9 (9). Now, both teams are in the KIAC as the AMC folded.
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