Pioneers rally past Clarke, 9-8, lose to Bellevue, 6-4, on Day 2 of Florida trip
March 4, 2013 at 9:45 p.m. ET
Lauren Fevola scores on a wild pitch during the 5-run sixth inning vs. Clarke. Photo by Lauren Jones.
CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Point Park University softball team rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to beat Clarke (Iowa), 9-8, on Monday at the Dot Richardson NTC College Spring Games in Clermont, Fla. But the Pioneers (3-1) could not complete their comeback from a 6-1 deficit in losing its second game of the day, 6-4, to Bellevue (Neb.).
In the win over Clarke (2-1) the Pioneers' five-run sixth inning had only one hit in the frame -- a three-run double by junior second baseman Ashley Morran. A native of Washington, Pa., Morran was 3 for 4 with three RBIs.
The fifth inning also included five walks, an error and a wild pitch by Clarke. The Pioneers took advantage of eight walks in the game, and their nine total runs came on six hits.
Freshman Hannah Harley got the victory in two innings of relief. The Indiana, Pa., native gave up one run (unearned) on one hit and worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning to preserve the 9-8 victory. She came on for starter Kate Reese (no-decision), who was down 7-4 after five innings.
In the second game of the day, Point Park made five errors versus Bellevue (5-2), and it was too much to overcome, even for a Point Park team that has made a habit of big comebacks in the early part of the season. The Pioneers were down, 6-1, and Morran's three-run homer in the top of the sixth made it a two-run game, 6-4.
But Bellevue brought in reliever Taylor Mohler, who retired all six batters she faced in the sixth and seventh innings, to get the save. Bruins' starter Shelby Kindelin racked up nine strikeouts over the first six innings. Point Park did manage seven hits -- two each by Olivia Sorce and Amanda Ardinger -- but Kindelin limited base runners with only one walk.
Two errors, a walk and a hit batter turned into a three-run third inning and a 4-1 lead for Bellevue. In the fourth, Amanda Neumann belted a two-run homer with no outs to make it 6-1 versus Pioneers' starter Kristen Zelenka. A senior right-hander, Zelenka went all six innings, and only two of the six runs she gave up were earned. She struck out two, walked four and yielded four hits.
Play continues for the Pioneers on Tuesday at 11 a.m. versus Cornerstone (Mich.) and at 1 p.m. versus Lourdes (Ohio).
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