KIAC Softball Tournament Central for Point Park: Recaps, Results & Schedule
Updated May 4, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. ET
KIAC Softball Tournament -- May 3-4 at Danville, Ky. (Millenium Park)
Admission -- $7 for adults, $3 seniors & students on May 3; $5 adults, $2 seniors & students May 4
Friday, May 3, 2013
First Round -- No. 2 Point Park def. No. 7 Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 8-0 (6 inn.) Box Score
Second Round -- No. 2 Point Park def. No. 3 Berea (Ky.), 5-1 Box Score
Winner's Bracket Final -- No. 1 IU Southeast def. No. 2 Point Park, 6-2 Box Score
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Loser's Bracket Final -- No. 3 Berea (Ky.) def. No. 2 Point Park, 7-4 (Point Park Elim.) Box Score
Championship Round -- No. 1 IU Southeast (35-7) vs. No. 3 Berea (Ky.) (23-18), 12:15 p.m.
Championship Round Gm 2 (if necessary) -- No. 1 IU Southeast vs. No. 3 Berea (Ky.), 2:30 p.m.
Game Recap -- Berea 7, Point Park 4 -- KIAC Tournament (Loser's Bracket Final)
May 4, 2013 at 12:50 p.m. ET -- BOX SCORE
DANVILLE, Ky. -- No. 3 Berea (Ky.) College continued to streak through the loser's bracket of the KIAC Softball Tournament and knocked off No. 2 Point Park University, 7-4, in the loser's bracket final on Saturday morning.
Berea (23-18), which is now 4-1 in the tournament and 3-0 in the loser's bracket after losing to Point Park, 5-1, on Friday, moves on to the tournament finals Saturday afternoon versus No. 1 Indiana Southeast (35-7).
Point Park was eliminated with the loss and ends the year at 31-13 overall and in third place in the KIAC Tournament. There were three teams left as Day 2 of the tournament began on Saturday. The Pioneers were sent to the loser's bracket late Friday night with a 6-2 loss to IU Southeast.
For Point Park, its seven seniors had their careers come to an end. The Pioneers have reached the final day of the conference tournament each of the last three years but came up short. The 31 wins were the most ever under seventh-year head coach Michelle Coultas.
A rainy day at Millennium Park in Danville, Ky., led to sloppy field conditions, and Point Park struggled with a total of six errors in the game. Berea made two errors, neither of which played a big factor. The Pioneers' miscues led to four of Berea's seven runs being unearned.
Berea was up, 4-0, after its first four times at bat. All of Point Park's runs came in the fourth inning to tie it up. Senior Sara Guffey had the big hit with a two-run homer to make the score 4-4. The rally started with a single by Olivia Sorce, a walk to Amanda Ardinger and an RBI double by Ashley Morran. Ardinger had come home on a passed ball.
But that was all the offense the Pioneers got versus two Berea pitchers, who combined to give up four runs on seven hits and leave seven runners stranded on base.
Sorce and Guffey were both 2 for 4, and Ardinger was 2 for 3. Morran was 1 for 3 with an RBI, and the only hits the Pioneers got came from those four -- the No. 2-5 hitters in the order.
Sophomore Kate Reese (11-4) went all seven innings and took the loss. She was charged with seven runs on 12 hits with three earned runs. She kept a good-hitting Berea team off the scoreboard the first two innings, but a pair of two-out hits by Kari Kviten and Hayley Catron gave the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead after three.
Berea got another couple of runs in the fourth as three Point Park errors contributed to one of the runs being unearned. After Point Park tied the score at 4-4 with Guffey's heroics, a couple of errors in the Berea fifth kept things going for Haycroft's RBI single and a 5-4 lead.
The Mountaineers stretched the lead to 7-4 with Catron's two-run homer with two outs in the sixth. Catron, the cleanup hitter who was 2 for 4, made the Pioneers pay after an error kept the inning alive for the two-out shot.
With two outs and nobody on in the Point Park seventh, Sorce and Ardinger both singled to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Ashley Morran. Morran, who leads the KIAC with 13 homers, was walked to load the bases, and a groundout came next to end the threat and the game.
Game Recap -- Indiana Southeast 6, Point Park 2 -- KIAC Tournament 3rd Rd
May 3, 2013 at 10:45 p.m. ET -- BOX SCORE
DANVILLE, Ky. -- No. 1 seed Indiana Southeast struck for three runs in the first inning and never trailed in its 6-2 win over No. 2 Point Park University in the KIAC Softball Tournament winner's bracket final on Friday night.
Indiana Southeast (35-7) moves on to the championship round on Saturday afternoon while Point Park (31-12) will have to win in the loser's bracket final on Saturday at 10 a.m. versus No. 3 Berea (Ky.) in order to reach the finals for a rematch with Indiana Southeast.
Point Park, which had its 11-game win streak snapped in Friday night's loss, will have to win three games on Saturday for the KIAC Tournament title, including having to beat IU Southeast twice in the finals. Point Park is 0-5 versus the Grenadiers this year. The KIAC champion will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament.
Point Park fell behind, 3-0, as IU Southeast struck for three runs (one earned) on one hit, two walks, a hit batter and a key error that allowed two runs to score in the bottom of the first. The Pioneers responded with their only runs of the game the next half inning to cut the score to 3-2 on Kristen Zelenka's two-run double.
But Point Park was never able to draw even the rest of the way as winning pitcher Jenna Swain held it to two runs on four hits in a complete game. The Pioneers had just one hit and two base runners the last five innings after cutting it to 3-2 in the second. Point Park had three of its four hits that inning, and Courtney Manovich finished 2 for 3.
IU Southeast's 3-0 lead after one gave early momentum to the big-hitting Grenadiers even though they didn't hit a ball out of the infield in the inning. A bases-loaded walk and the error brought the runs home. Point Park starter Kristen Zelenka settled in after that and kept the deficit within reach.
IU Southeast did make it 4-2 in the fourth when Jade Detzer doubled for one of her two hits and scored on Summer Sanders' RBI single. With the Point Park bats silent, the 4-2 lead was comfortable for Swain, who got two more runs to work with when Brookelyn Visker and Whitney Estes delivered RBI base hits in the Grenadiers' sixth.
Zelenka gave up nine hits in the six-inning complete game, struck out two and walked two. She was charged with six runs, four of which were earned.
Berea, which is 1-4 versus Point Park this year including a 5-1 loss on Friday morning, had to play four games on Day 1 of the tournament. The Mountaineers have won two games in the loser's bracket -- 12-11 over No. 5 Midway in 11 innings and 2-1 over No. 4 Asbury in its final at bat.
Follow the KIAC Softball Tournament on Twitter with the Point Park team @PPUsoftball and host Asbury University @Asbury_Eagles.
Game Recap -- Point Park 5, Berea (Ky.) 1 -- KIAC Tournament 2nd Rd
May 3, 2013 at 4:25 p.m. ET -- BOX SCORE
DANVILLE, Ky. -- Second-seeded Point Park won again Friday afternoon at the KIAC Softball Tournament downing No. 3 seed Berea (Ky.), 5-1, to advance to tonight's winner' bracket final. With the win, the Pioneers are 31-11 overall and 2-0 so far in the seven-team, double-elimination tournament.
Point Park will next meet No. 1 seed Indiana Southeast (34-7, 23-3 KIAC) in tonight's winner's bracket final at 7:15 p.m. Indiana Southeast defeated No. 4 Asbury (Ky.), 7-2, on Friday afternoon. IU Southeast swept Point Park, 4-0, in the regular season series.
Point Park's Kelsey Robertson (7-0) pitched a complete game in the win over Berea with six strikeouts and one walk. She held Berea (20-18) scoreless the first five innings, and the Mountaineers didn't get on the board until back to back doubles in the sixth to cut the Point Park lead to 5-1. Robertson scattered seven hits and stranded two runners to end the game.
The game was tightly contested in the early going with no score through three innings. The Pioneers struck first with Ashley Morran's 13th homer of the year -- a solo shot to left with two outs in the fourth.
The Pioneers added on to their 1-0 lead in the fifth scoring four runs with two outs. With two outs and the bases empty, Danielle Dorunda walked, ane LeAnne Blaeser singled to set things up.
Taylor Geary, who was 2 for 3, followed with an RBI double, and the next batter, Olivia Sorce, came up with an RBI double of her own. Amanda Ardinger capped off the outburst with a run-scoring single for one of her two hits.
Each team had seven hits, but Point Park was able to get the key RBIs on offense and key outs in the field when it needed them. The Pioneers are now 4-1 on the year versus Berea, which drops to the loser's bracket versus No. 5 Midway (Ky.) tonight at 5 p.m.
Robertson worked out of a couple of jams along the way, including the third inning when she got a strikeout to leave two runners aboard and keep the score 0-0. Point Park managed only three hits the first four innings although one of them was Morran's homer.
The Point Park-Indiana Southeast winner will advance to the championship round on Saturday and will need only one more victory of the tournament title and the automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament. The loser will have to beat the loser's bracket champion in order to reach the finals.
For KIAC Softball Tournament updates and results on Twitter, follow the Point Park team @PPUsoftball and host Asbury (Ky.) University at @Asbury_Eagles.
Game Recap: Point Park 8, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) 0 (6 inn.) -- KIAC Tournament 1st Rd
May 3, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. ET -- BOX SCORE
DANVILLE, Ky. -- No. 2 seed Point Park beat No. 7 seed Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 8-0, this morning in the first round of the KIAC Softball Tournament at Millennium Park in Danville, Ky. The game ended after six innings due to the mercy rule.
The Pioneers (30-11) move on in the winner's bracket for a second-round game versus No. 3 seed Berea (Ky.) (20-17), a 12-4 winner over No. 6 Brescia (Ky.), later today at 2:45 p.m. The winner of that game will move on to the winner's bracket final tonight at 7:15 p.m.
Point Park was scoreless with Alice Lloyd (Ky.) (6-28) through three innings of Friday morning's game. But the Pioneers exploded for four runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth for a 7-0 lead. The game ended in the sixth when Ashley Morran doubled home Amanda Ardinger for the walk-off win on the mercy rule.
Freshman Taylor Geary led the hitting going 3 for 4 with an RBI. Cleanup hitter Ashley Morran was 1 for 1 with the game-ending double, but she was walked her other three times -- the first two of which were intentional.
But Gabi Vogt and Courtney Manovich made Alice Lloyd pay by each going 2 for 3 with an RBI hitting behind Morran. Amanda Ardinger also had two hits, and the Pioneers totaled 13 as a team. Daneille Dorunda and LeAnne Blaeser each drove in a run.
Kate Reese (11-3) got the start for Point Park and earned the win in five innings. She allowed only two hits, struck out four and walked one. Hannah Harley pitched a scoreless sixth inning with the 7-0 lead.
For tournament updates, follow the Point Park softball team on Twitter @PPUsoftball and tournament host Asbury (Ky.) University @Asbury_Eagles.
KIAC Tournament Preview: Point Park takes No. 2 seed in Danville, Ky., May 3-4
Posted May 2, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. ET
DANVILLE, Ky. -- Point Park University is the No. 2 seed in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Tournament, which will be held May 3-4, 2013 in Danville, Ky. The seven-team, double-elimination tournament is being hosted by Asbury (Ky.) University, and the winner will receive the KIAC's automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament.
Point Park (29-11, 22-6 KIAC) has won nine games in a row and 17 of its past 20 KIAC games to take the No. 2 seed in the tournament. The Pioneers face No. 7 seed Alice Lloyd (Ky.) (6-27, 3-25 KIAC) in the first round May 3 at 10 a.m.
The tournament will be played entirely over two days with all games being held at Millennium Park in Danville, Ky. Point Park will have to play at least three games -- maybe four -- on Friday, May 3 in order to advance to Day 2 of the tournament, which will have the semifinals and finals on May 4.
Day 2 will feature the semifinals at 12:00 p.m. and the finals at 2:15 p.m. A second championship game, if necessary, will be at 4:30 p.m. There will be only three teams left after four are eliminated on Day 1.
If Point Park can come out on top after the busy, two-day tournament, it will earn the first NAIA national tournament appearance in program history. The Pioneers have fallen one game short of that destination the last two years having lost in the finals of the American Mideast Conference Tournament each of the past two seasons.
Now in its first year in the KIAC, Point Park will try to break through to the national stage out of a new conference, and its seven seniors are looking to extend their playing careers beyond this weekend.
With five seniors in the starting batting order and two more at the top of the pitching rotation, the Pioneers have the experience to make a run under seventh-year head coach Michelle Coultas. Point Park has already set a team record for wins during the tenure of Coultas, but it will be looking for its first conference championship under her as well.
If Point Park advances to the latter stages of the tournament it will likely have a showdown with KIAC Regular Season champion Indiana Southeast. The Grenadiers (33-7, 23-3 KIAC) are the No. 1 seed and handed Point Park four of its six KIAC losses on the year.
Indiana Southeast was the only team to sweep the Pioneers in the four-game, season series, and they lead the KIAC in every major statistical category. Point Park ranks second in all the main areas.
If Point Park gets by its first-round opponent Alice Lloyd -- the Pioneers won all four games by a combined score of 53-7 this year -- it will face the winner of No. 3 Berea (19-17) vs. No. 6 Brescia (12-25) at 2:45 p.m. May 3. Starting out the tournament 2-0 would put the Pioneers in the winner's bracket final, likely versus IU Southeast, May 3 at 7:15 p.m.
Even with the seven seniors all playing starting roles, the Pioneers' best player is a junior -- second baseman Ashley Morran. The Washington, Pa., native hits cleanup for Point Park and is a KIAC Player of the Year candidate hitting .395 with 12 home runs and 53 RBIs. She also has 14 doubles and two triples and is slugging .814.
Freshman center fielder Taylor Geary, from McKeesport, Pa., has set the table as the lead-off hitter with a team-best .427 average to go along with five homers and 27 RBIs. Senior left fielder Amanda Ardinger joins Geary and Morran as a leading hitter at .354 with three hom runs and 26 RBIs. Ardinger, from Moon Twp., Pa., hits No. 3 in the order.
Point Park hits .329 as a team and scores 6.68 runs per game, both of which rank second in the KIAC to IU Southeast. The Pioneers put six .300 hitters in their regular lineup with others being senior first baseman Courtney Manovich (.339), from Murrysville, Pa., senior third baseman Danielle Dorunda (.310), from Warren, Pa., and senior shortstop Olivia Sorce (.301) from Verona, Pa.
Other starters are third baseman Gabi Vogt (.263, 2 HR, 16 RBIs) and catcher Sara Guffey (.277, 1 HR, 17 RBIs), who can both be counted on for RBIs and extra-base hits, and No. 9 hitter LeAnne Blaeser (.224, 17 RBIs), a right fielder who turns the lineup over.
On the mound, Point Park's team ERA of 3.34 is second in the KIAC only to IU Southeast, as is the opponent's batting average of .261. The top two pitchers are both seniors -- right-handers Kelsey Robertson (6-0, 1-93 ERA) and Kristen Zelenaka (9-3, 2.88 ERA). Sophomore righty Kate Reese has a 2.63 ERA and a team-best for wins at 10-3 and has been used as as starter and a reliever.Admissission on May 3 is $7 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. Admission on May 4 is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.