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Pioneers lose a pair of non-conference games at Ohio Dominican

April 18, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Point Park University could not solve the top of the Ohio Dominican batting order Sunday and lost a pair of non-conference softball games on the road.

BOX SCORE 1 , BOX SCORE 2 

Ohio Dominican (24-21) won the first game, 6-3, after the top of its batting order produced three-run outbursts in the first and fifth innings.  In the second game, the Panthers scored all of their runs in the bottom of the first and went on to win, 3-1.

Point Park is 16-8 overall, and the Pioneers have lost a season-high four games in a row. Point Park used the non-conference games Sunday to get all four of its pitchers some work.

Cain batting 2009

The Pioneers are 5-4 in the American Mideast Conference, and they return to AMC play Tuesday at Carlow. The doubleheader begins at 3 p.m. at Lind Field, and Point Park will be celebrating its Senior Day.

In the first game, Ohio Dominican got things started in the bottom of the first with a base hit and a bunt single. After a double steal, the third batter of the inning walked to load the bases. Cleanup hitter Kylee Crislip followed with an RBI single, and No. 5 hitter Chelsea Archer drove in a couple of runs with a single.

Point Park cut the deficit to 3-1 when Courtney Cain (Homestead/Steel Valley) hit a solo home run in the fourth. Cain (pictured left) was 3 for 5 with three runs on the day.

Ohio Dominican’s first two hitters, Erin Sutter and Jennifer Baker, started the fifth with a pair of singles. Two batters later, a run scored on an infield throwing error. After an RBI groundout, a run-scoring single from Cassandra Weitz made it 6-1.

Point Park made the score 6-3 in the sixth on a two-run double from Zoe Hughes (Butler/Knoch). The inning started with Danielle Dorunda (Warren/Warren) and Cain each drawing a walk. Hughes was stranded at third for one of the eight runners left on base by the Pioneers.

Point Park had a couple of great scoring opportunities early on. The Pioneers had three of its eight hits in the first inning, but the inning ended with a runner being thrown out at home. The Pioneers left a runner at third in the second and left two on in the third.

Erica Sutter (8-10) got the victory for Ohio Dominican with two strikeouts and three walks. Sutter gave up seven hits. Shana Etter pitched the seventh inning and gave up one hit on her way to getting the save.

Point Park starter Kristen Zelenka (Washington/Trinity) went five innings and took the loss. Zelenka (6-5) had three strikeouts and one walk, and seven of the eight hits she gave up were to the first four batters in the Ohio Dominican order.

Cain was 2 for 2 including her third homer of the year, and she also scored two runs.  Teammate Amanda Ardinger (Moon Twp./Moon Area) also had two hits.

The second game started much like the first with Erin Sutter and Baker reaching on singles, and the Panthers had runners at second and third for No. 3 hitter Samantha Wolfe, who ripped a two-run single. Three batters later, a run came home a sacrifice bunt to make it 3-0.

Point Park got on the scoreboard in the fourth. After Christie Schroeder (Baldwin/Baldwin) ripped a one-out double, she came around to score when Ardinger pushed a bunt single through the left side.

The Pioneers were in business in the fifth after a leadoff single and a sacrifice bunt, but the inning ended with a double play on the next batter. Point Park had runners at second and third with one out in the sixth, but could not get a key hit. In the seventh, the Pioneers had the tying on at first base with two outs, but the game ended with runners at the corners.

Point Park starter Abbie Heigel (DuBois/DuBois Central Catholic) took the loss, and she was the first of three pitchers to work two innings each. Marlena Carnicella (Patton/Cambria Heights) and Kelsey Robertson (Frostburg, Md./Mountain Ridge) also saw action on the mound. The trio of pitchers combined to give up eight hits.

Ovarian Cancer Game Photo

The Point Park softball team joined Ohio Dominican in raising awareness for Ovarian Cancer during Sunday's non-conference softball games. As part of their participation, the Pioneers created tye-dyed t-shirts that were teal in color. The team is pictured above.