Point Park pounds Asbury (Ky.), 9-1 and 10-0, in KIAC home doubleheader
April 19, 2013 at 11:50 p.m. ET
Freshman center fielder Taylor Geary was 6 for 7 with 5 RBIs in the doubleheader Friday. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
KENNEDY TWP., Pa. -- Point Park University pounded Asbury (Ky.), 9-1 and 10-0, in a KIAC softball doubleheader at home Friday night at Lind Field at Fairhaven Park. The Pioneers clubbed a total of five home runs on the night, and their pitchers gave up only one run on three hits in the doubleheader.
Point Park (23-11, 16-6 KIAC) continued its hot streak and took the season series from Asbury (12-22, 9-11 KIAC), four games to none. The Pioneers have now won 11 of their past 14 KIAC games. Point Park gets right back into conference action on Saturday at 1 p.m. with a home doubleheader versus third-place Midway (Ky.) (13-19, 10-8 KIAC).
Point Park further asserted itself as the second-place team in the KIAC with Friday's wins but still trails conference-leading and NAIA No. 25 Indiana Southeast (27-5, 17-1 KIAC) for the division lead.
Freshman Taylor Geary and junior Teresa Davis were the hitting stars in Friday night's games, which were delayed one hour to a 6 p.m. start due to rain in the area throughout the day. Geary was 3 for 4 with four RBIs in the first game, which included a three-run homer and a walk-off base hit in the fifth that put into effect the 8-run mercy rule for the 9-1 win.
Geary followed that up by going 3 for 3 with a solo homer in the nigtcap. Davis clubbed two homers in the second game, including a walk-off grand slam in the fifth that ended the game at 10-0 on the mercy rule. Both of Davis' home runs were mammoth shots that cleared the concession stand building beyond left field at Lind Field. The first bomb gave the Pioneers are 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Amanda Ardinger was 2 for 3 with a homer and three RBIs in the first game. She belted her home run in the third inning for a 3-0 lead. The next inning, Geary's three-run shot was follwed up by Ardinger's RBI single and Ashley Morran's RBI double as the Pioneers scored five runs in the fourth for an 8-1 lead. Morran was 2 for 3 with two doubles and an RBI.
Courtney Manovich had a pair of singles, including one to start the fith. A walk and a groundout moved Manovich up to third, and she scored on Geary's game-ending base knock through the right side.
Point Park out-hit Asbury, 11-2, in the opener, and it was winning pitcher Kelsey Robertson who held the Eagles to one run on two hits over five innings. She got the win with six strikeouts in the complete-game effort to improve to a perfect 5-0 in eight starts.
Point Park's Game 2 starter, Kristen Zelenka, was also excellent with the victory in five shut-out innings. She allowed only one hit, an infield hit to shortstop, and racked up seven strikeouts against no walks. Asbury had hit only one ball out of the infield -- a liner to center in the fifth. Zelenka had the Eagles totally off balance with five groundouts and two pop outs to the catcher to go along with the seven punchouts.
Davis's two-run long ball in the second and Geary's solo home run in the third were all the offense that Point Park had in Game 2 until it erupted for seven runs -- five unearned -- in the fifth inning. The offensive explosion finished the game off, although Asbury starter Summer Ratliff had only made a couple of mistakes before that.
Ratliff struck out nine and walked one before falling victim to five unearned runs in the fifth. A couple of dropped fly balls kept the inning going, and the Pioneers made them pay. Olivia Sorce ripped a two-run single and later scored on the first dropped pop fly. With two outs, Davis clinched the game with her second towering shot.
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