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Pioneers take two from Cabrini on first day of season

March 1, 2010

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Point Park University softball team opened its 2010 season Monday by taking both ends of a doubleheader from Cabrini (Pa.) on the first day of the Fast Pitch Dreams Spring Classic at Myrtle Beach, S.C.


Point Park (2-0) won the first game, 4-3, in eight innings, and freshman second baseman Olivia Sorce (Verona/Penn Hills) had a hand in producing all four of the Pioneers’ runs.

Point Park won the second game, 2-1, as freshman starting pitcher Kelsey Robertson (Frostburg, Md./Mountain Ridge) gave up no runs and only one hit in five innings of work. Sophomore reliever Abbie Heigel (DuBois/DuBois Central Catholic) held off Cabrini (2-2) the last two innings to pick up the save.

The Pioneers trailed the first game, 3-0, when Sorce came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth. Playing in her first-career game, Sorce belted a three-run double to the fence in right center to tie the game.

The game went to extra innings, and according to international rules, the player who made the last out of the previous inning is placed at second base to start the extra inning.

At the start of the Point Park eighth inning, Sorce was the first batter, and junior Lindsey Pesanka (Baldwin/Baldwin) was placed at second base. Sorce laid a bunt down the third-base line, and a throwing error by the third baseman allowed Pesanka to come around with the winning run.

Point Park starter Kristen Zelenka (Washington/Trinity) earned a complete-game victory in the first game. The junior right-hander struck out 10, walked one and gave up eight hits in eight innings.

Cabrini, an NCAA Division III team, got three hits from its lead-off batter Sammy Thompson in game one. Thompson singled and scored on Angela Shookster’s double in the first inning. Thompson started the fifth inning with a single before Casey O’Connell and Cheri Johns each followed with an RBI double to give the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead.

But after Johns’ double to make it 3-0, Zelenka retired the last 12 batters she faced, including the 1-2-3 hitters of Thompson, O’Connell and Johns in the top of the seventh.

In the second game, Robertson got the start and teamed with Heigel in holding Cabrini to just three hits. Point Park had only two hits of its own with both coming during a two-run second inning.

Junior Nicole Kerestine (Brownsville/Brownsville) led off the Point Park second with a base hit, and she was sacrificed to second by sophomore Zoe Hughes (Butler/Knoch). Kerestine came around to score on Pesanka’s single. After stealing second, Pesanka scored when the next batter, Sorce, reached on an infielder error.

Robertson struck out four, walked one and turned a 2-0 lead over to Heigel in the sixth. Heigel, a sophomore right-hander, retired the side in order in the sixth, but she gave up two singles to start the seventh to set up runners at first and third with nobody out.

After an infield pop out, Cabrini cut it to 2-1 on an RBI groundout by Chrissy Squillace. And with the tying run at second base, Heigel punched out the next batter on strikes to end the game.

Point Park, which was 22-14 last season, will continue its eight-game schedule in Myrtle Beach with a doubleheader versus Bowie State Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.