Point Park makes short work of Alice Lloyd, Reese throws no-hitter in Game 1
April 26, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. ET
Kate Reese tossed a no-hitter in Game 1 vs. Alice Lloyd (Ky.) on Friday. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
KENNEDY TWP., Pa. -- Sophomore Kate Reese threw a no-hitter in the first game to highlight a KIAC softball sweep of visiting Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College on Friday at Lind Field as Point Park University won both games, 12-0 and 10-2.
Both games ended after five innings due to the mercy rule, and Point Park (27-11, 20-6 KIAC) has now won a season-high seven games in a row. The last five of those games have all come via the mercy rule.
Now with 27 wins on the year, the Pioneers have the most wins they've ever had under seventh-year head coach Michelle Coultas. Point Park closes out the regular season with a pair of KIAC home games on Saturday at 11 a.m. for Senior Day versus Brescia (Ky.). WATCH LIVE on the Point Park Sports Network at www.iHigh.com/PointParkSportsNetwork.
With Friday's wins over Alice Lloyd (6-25, 3-23 KIAC) and also IU Southeast's two wins over Midway, Point Park will be the No. 2 seed in the KIAC Tournament May 3-4 at Asbury. The Pioneers (20-6 KIAC) cannot catch first-place IU Southeast (23-3 KIAC) with only two conference games left on its schedule.
Reese, a right-hander from Cresson, Pa., struck out four and walked none in her five-inning no-hitter. She improved her record to 10-3 to increase her team-high win total. The only two bases runners she allowed reached via error, and no runner got past first base.
Point Park had 13 hits in each game, and Alice Lloyd had only three hits total on the day. Hannah Harley threw a five-inning complete game for the Pioneers in the nightcap with only three hits allowed. She struck out three and walked none.
Point Park broke open the first game with seven runs in the second inning for a 7-0 lead. There were six hits in the inning with the first four in a row -- singles by Gabi Vogt, Courtney Manovich, Danielle Dorunda and Lauren Fevola -- producing a one run. After LeAnne Blaser was hit by a pitch to force in a run, Taylor Geary delivered a two-run double, and another run scored on an outfield error. Ashley Morran closed out the rally with a two-run single.
The Pioneers built a 10-0 lead when Olivia Sorce blasted a three-run homer in the third. Blaeser, a junior right fielder, added a two-RBI single in the fourth for a 12-0 lead and finished the game 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Vogt, Manovich and Dorunda were all 2 for 3 with two runs.
Point Park's lineup was mainly backups in game two, but it still put up 10 runs. Teresa Davis and Morran were both 3 for 3 with two RBIs, and Abby Mathieu was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Vogt was 1 for 3 with two RBIs, including a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth that inacted the mercy rule at 10-2.
Davis had a big, RBI double in the second as the Pioneers built a 2-0 lead after two. Morran's solo homer, her ninth of the year, and Brea Magnone's RBI single made it 4-0 after three. Two more runs came home in the fourth thanks to a run-scoring double by Morran followed by an RBI base hit from Davis.
Torrie Lee Chapman's base knock brought home the first of four runs in the clinching fifth inning. Mathieu came up next with the second of her two bunt hits that each brought home a run. Vogt's walk-off single followed that.
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