Point Park softball gets another split on Day 2 of Florida trip
March 7, 2011
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Point Park University softball team split two games for the second day in a row Monday at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Pioneers (2-2) shut out Indiana Wesleyan, 5-0, to start the day. Then, NAIA #14 Marian (IN) scored seven unanswered runs to rally past Point Park, 7-3.
Point Park opened its season on Sunday by losing to Ursinus (PA), 4-0, and beating Waynesburg (PA), 3-0. The Pioneers have six more games on their annual spring trip beginning with a matchup against Culver-Stockton (MO) Tuesday at 1 p.m. Point Park faces Indiana Wesleyan again Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Lindsey Inzana, a freshman from Chesapeake, Va., got her first career start and was the winning pitcher versus Indiana Wesleyan. Inzana went five innings with four strikeouts and one walk. She combined on the shutout with sophomore Kelsey Robertson, who pitched the final two innings.
Point Park got out to an early lead over Indiana Wesleyan with three runs in the second inning. Three errors and two passed balls allowed the first two runs to score. Destiny James, a freshman from Cumberland, Md., then followed with an RBI single for a 3-0 lead.
The Pioneers added a run in the fourth when Maeve Gallagher singled and then came all the way around to score after an error followed her swipe of second base. In the fifth, consecutive doubles by Amanda Ardinger and Teresa Davis made the score 5-0.
The Pioneers led #14 Marian, 3-0, after two innings but could not hold the lead. Point Park got two runs on the board in the first as Nichelle Navarro came home on a double steal. Danielle Dorunda followed with an RBI single for a 2-0 lead.
In the second, Sara Guffey reached on an error and pinch runner Gallagher was sacrificed to third by Larissa Banks and Navarro. Then Lindsey Pesanka delivered a run-scoring base hit to manufacture the run.
Marian tied things up thanks to three runs on three hits and an error in the fourth. A solo home run gave the Knights the lead for good in the fifth. They added three more runs in the sixth via four hits, two of which were doubles.
Senior Kristen Zelenka got the start on the mound for Point Park. The Washington, Pa., native struck out one, walked none and gave up three runs in four innings. Abbie Heigel (1-1), a junior, pitched the last two innings and gave up four runs to take the loss. Heigel struck out three and walked none.
Marian was 42-6 last year, which was the main reason why it was ranked #14 in the NAIA Top 25 Preseason Coaches’ Poll in November. The Knights (1-1) started their season Monday with a 1-0 loss to AMC member Walsh.