Point Park softball loses pair of one-run games to Brescia (Ky.)
April 6, 2014
Karen Mao was 4 for 4 in Game 2 on Sunday. Photo by Lauren Jones.
By Zachary Weiss, Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant
KENNEDY TWP., Pa -- The Point Park University softball team was swept in Sunday’s KIAC double header against Brescia (Ky.) University. The Pioneers (13-11, 8-4 KIAC) lost 3-2 and 8-7 as Brescia (16-7, 16-6 KIAC) took three of four games in the weekend series.
The first game was a pitcher's duel between Point Park’s Sarah Urchek and Brescia’s Stacey Harbold.
Point Park broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning when, on a 1-2 count, Nikki Eagan stroked a two-run single plating Ashley Morran and Teresa Davis. Prior to the inning, Harbold had allowed only, but Morran led off with a single, and Davis reached on an error to start the rally.
Brescia responded in the top of sixth with three runs, all of which were unearned. The Bearcats had five consecutive batters reach base, including a key error to start the inning. The go ahead run was scored on Jenna Babb’s double which scored Allie Michel and Stefani Smith.
Point Park tried to rally in the seventh as Natalie Zivic single and Abby Mathieu singled to put runners at the corners with one out. But a strikeout and fly out ended the game.
Urcheck took the loss in 5.2 innings of work. She struck out two, walked two and none of the three runs charged to her were earned. Hannah Harley pitched the final 1.1 innings.
Megan Dyer started the second game for Point Park, however, Brescia's offense knocked her out after 2 2/3 innings. Dyer surrendered seven runs and eight hits.
Harley came on in relief with her second appearance of the day and surrendered a home run to Harbold. It was Harbold's second homer of the season and the series, and it had Point Park trailing, 8-1, in the fourth.
Point Park got within 8-2 on Teresa Davis’ sacrifice fly in the fourth. The deficit was still 8-2 when Point Park came to bat in the bottom of the seventh.
That’s when the Pioneers put together a big rally that came up just short. Davis led off with a walk and was doubled home by Zivic. After an error, Alyssa McMurtrie delivered a sacrifice fly to make the score 8-4.
Then LeAnn Blaeser had an RBI single, and following a walk to Vogt, Mao smashed a two-run double to cut the lead to 8-7. The rally came to an end when Morran flew out to right field on a 2-2 count.
Point Park will next play two games Tuesday against Carlow starting at 3 PM.
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