Pioneers open 2011 home schedule with sweep of SUNY-Canton
March 20, 2011
KENNEDY TWP. Pa. – Point Park University opened its 2011 softball home schedule Sunday by sweeping non-conference SUNY-Canton at Lind Field at Fairhaven Park. The Pioneers (7-4) squeaked out a 3-2 win in 10 innings to take the first game before scoring six runs over the last two innings to stretch out the nightcap into a 9-2 victory.
Point Park was playing for the first time in nine days and the first time since its spring trip to Florida ended on March 11. The Pioneers had been scheduled to play a couple of twin bills earlier in the week, but both were postponed due to weather.
The Point Park offense took a little while to shake off the rust in game one versus SUNY-Canton (1-11). The Pioneers found themselves down, 2-1, going into the bottom of the seventh, but they put together a rally to force extra innings. With Larissa Banks at first via a fielder’s choice, Amanda Ardinger and Nichelle Navarro delivered consecutive base hits to produce the tying run.
Under the international softball extra-inning rule, each extra frame starts by placing a runner in scoring position at second base. Despite that being the case, neither team was able to score the first couple of extra frames.
Point Park scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th when junior first baseman Julie Campbell delivered a two-out, RBI single. She drove in Danielle Dorunda, who was placed at second to start the inning.
SUNY-Canton was blanked the final four innings by winning pitcher Kelsey Robertson, who did not give up a hit or a run in four innings of relief. The sophomore from Frostburg, Md., struck out seven and walked one.
Point Park had 11 hits, and SUNY-Canton had just two hits as Robertson and starting pitcher Kristen Zelenka silenced the Kangaroos’ bats. Zelenka got a no-decision in six innings. She struck out five, walked three and both of the runs she gave up were unearned.
Leadoff hitter Amanda Ardinger was 5 for 5 to account for five of Point Park’s 11 hits. The Pioneers left 14 runners on base, which was three more than SUNY-Canton.
The second game featured 12 more hits by Point Park, and Lindsey Pesanka led the attack by going 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Dorunda and Ashley Morran each had two hits and two RBIs, and Olivia Sorce had two doubles.
The Pioneers scored three times in the fourth for a 3-0 lead. Sorce doubled to get things going, and that was followed by consecutive RBI base hits from Dorunda, Morran and Pesanka. Point Park extended things to 9-2 with five runs in the seventh. Pesanka, Teresa Davis and Courtney Manovich strung together run-scoring singles to lead the outburst.
Freshman Lindsey Inzana started game two for Point Park and got the victory in five innings of work. The righty from Chesapeake, Va., improved to 3-1 with five strikeouts, three walks and three hits. Both of the runs she gave up were unearned. Junior Abbie Heigel, from DuBois, Pa., worked the last two innings to get the save. She gave up no runs on three hits.
Although playing on its home field, Point Park batted first in game two. Leading 4-2, Point Park had five runs in its seventh time at bat. Point Park continues non-conference play Tuesday at Geneva.