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Point Park softball loses twice Monday at NTC Spring Games in Florida

March 2, 2015

Karen Mao and the Pioneers are playing in the NTC Spring Games in Florida.


CLERMONT, Fla. – Point Park University softball dropped two games on Monday, 7-1 to Grace College (Ind.), 9-1 to Bethel College (Ind.) at the NTC Spring Games in Clermont, Fla.

Point Park (0-4) was within striking distances of both games, but the final scores were stretched out in the later innings. Grace broke open a 1-1 game with six runs in the sixth. Bethel scored four times in the fifth to widen the final margin.

Senior pitcher Megan Dyer (0-2) started on the mound in game one for Point Park. She went 5.2 innings, allowing five hits, two walks and recording two strikeouts. Grace’s sophomore pitcher Allison Franklin got the win with four strikeouts and two walks in six innings.

The Pioneer battled defensively but could not stop the onslaught of hitting by the Lancers.

Grace’s leadoff hitter, senior outfielder Brooke Shell, hit a triple to start the game and set the tone, later scoring the first run off sophomore outfielder Morgan Hutcheson’s single.

Grace’s big inning came in the bottom of the sixth when freshman infielder Ashley Kleinbub drew a walk. Sophomore Brittany Melzoni drove her in with an RBI triple to deep left. Melzoni advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on outfielder Samantha Johnson’s RBI single up the middle.

The top three of Grace’s batting order scored before Point Park senior Kate Reese came in in relief. She allowed one hit before a ground out to Becca Babincak ended the deluge.

The Pioneers scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth.

Senior Karen Mao started off the inning with a walk, followed by two quick outs. Natalie Zivic stepped up to the plate and drove in Mao on an RBI single through short. Freshman Carly Rosso grounded out to third to end the inning

Sophomore Taylor Geary went 2 for 4 with a single and a double in the effort.

Point Park faced Bethel College later in the day and lost 9-1.

Reese (0-2) got the start on the mound for the Pioneers. She gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits and walked two. Sophomore Sarah Urchek relieved Reese in the middle of the fifth and allowed four runs on seven hits.

Bethel scored first in the second inning and racked up four runs in the fifth. The bottom of the order put together a few hits to widen the lead to 9-0 in the top of the sixth.

Point Park answered with an RBI single from Mao that sent McMurtrie home, but it was too little, too late for the Pioneers.

Bethel College pitcher, senior Natalie Newell, shut down the Point Park offense with nine strikeouts, three walks and three hits over six innings.

Point Park has a day off tomorrow, but returns Wednesday with three contests. The Pioneers once again face Bethel College (Ind.) at 11 a.m., followed by back-to-back games against Muskegon Community College (Mich.) (1 p.m.) and Concordia College (Minn.) (3 p.m.).

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