Point Park beats Carlow in AMC Tournament, rematch on tap in Finals Sunday
April 27, 2012
Gabi Vogt (11) is greeted at home plate after her two-run HR made it 5-0 in the fourth. Photo by JP Pelc.
KENNEDY TWP., Pa. -- Point Park University beat Carlow University, 7-3, in the winner's bracket final of the American Mideast Conference Softball Tournament on Friday at Lind Field at Fairhaven Park, and will have a rematch versus the local-rival Celtics in the championship round Sunday.
Point Park (25-22, 11-3 AMC) got out to a 7-0 lead after six innings in Friday's win over Carlow (28-12, 8-6 AMC). The Celtics came back later in the day to defeat Houghton (4-30, 4-10 AMC), 4-1, to reach the finals out of the loser's bracket.
The AMC Tournament Finals are scheduled for Sunday, April 29 at Lind Field. First pitch is 1 p.m. A second game, if necessary, will be held at 3 p.m. Point Park needs one win for the title while Carlow has to knock off Point Park twice.
Sunday's championship game(s) will air live on internet radio on the Point Park student station WPPJ-AM 670. Listen Live on internet radio from your computer, tablet or smartphone at www.wppjradio.com. Live Stats will be available at http://livestats.pointpark.edu
Point Park clubbed three homers in the victory led by suprising freshman Gabi Vogt, who was 3 for 3 with a two-run homer. Vogt, from McKeesport, Pa., and South Allegheny High School, got the start at designated player and hit eighth in the order.
In what was just her 14th start in 47 games, Vogt dropped in a lead-off single to get the Pioneers' two-run third inning started. In the fourth, her two-run home run came two batters after Julie Campbell's solo shot and gave the Pioneers a 5-0 lead.
Danielle Dorunda, a junior third baseman from Warren, Pa., belted her sixth homer of the year to stretch the lead to 7-0 after six. Campbell's long ball was her third on the season.
As a team, Point Park collected 10 hits versus three Carlow pitchers. Point Park had only three earned runs in the game -- which happened to be from the three home runs -- as Carlow made three key errors.
With the score still 0-0 and Carlow starter Emily Pritts cruising along, Vogt dropped in her first single and Zoe Hughes reached on a bunt single to start the third. The runners moved up to second and third with no outs, but Pritts seemed like she was going to get out of it as she struck out the next two batters.
It really seemed that way when she got ahead in the count 0-2 versus the next batter, Amanda Ardinger. But Ardinger put together a great at bat and drew and walk to load the bases.
Then Ashley Morran ripped a ground ball that got through the third baseman and went for an error, allowing two runs to score. Pritts struck out the next batter to prevent further damage, but when Campbell led off the next inning with a deep shot to left-center field, her day was done with six strikeouts, one walk, three hits and three runs over three innings.
Carlow reliever Ashley Baughman gave up seven hits over two innings, and it didn't help that the first batter she faced reached on an infield error. Vogt followed with her homer, and Morran's RBI single later in the frame tacked on another unearned run.
The 7-0 cushion was more than enough for winning pitcher Kelsey Robertson (13-8), who went the distance for Point Park. The junior right-hander from Frostburg, Md., tallied nine strikeouts and three walks. She scattered eight hits, and only one of the runs she gave up was earned.
Carlow got to Robertson with three runs in the sixth as the Celtics had four of their eight hits in the rally. But Robertson got out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth and allowed only a harmless, one-out double in the seventh to finish things off.
Point Park is in the AMC Tournament Finals for the second year in a row. Point Park came up short in that game a year ago to Notre Dame (OH) but will look to reverse the trend Sunday.
The AMC Tournament champion will not get an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship because the league falls short of the required six teams for an invite. Instead, the conference winner will play in an Uaffilated Group best-of-3 series versus the champion of the NAIA Gulf Coast Athletic Conference May 4-5 at neutral site Troutville, Va.
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