Softball reaches end of win streak, starts another

Team improves to 13-14 overall and 8-4 in River States Conference

Written By Allison Schubert, Co-Sports Editor

Photo by Robert Berger
Junior Katie Tarr picked up two wins while setting a career-high 17 strikeouts against Asbury last weekend.

The softball team traveled to Kentucky this past weekend looking to extend their six-game win streak with four scheduled River States Conference (RSC) games.

Their first foe was Asbury University. Last year while hosting the Eagles, Point Park racked up two shutouts. This year was no different.

Senior Ashley Iagnemma and junior Katie Tarr both pitched a two-hit shutout in the first and second games, respectively.

Iagnemma led the team to a five-inning win in the first game, tossing three strikeouts and giving up just two hits.

The upperclassmen dominated the offense with senior shortstop Chandler Krelow leading the Pioneers, going three-for-three with a double and four RBI.

Senior catcher Delaney Baumis followed up, going one-for-one with two RBI and adding a sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly. Junior third baseman Amber Cook tallied two runs and went one-for-three with an RBI.

Going into the fifth inning Point Park was up 4-0, but three hits, a walk, and an error gave the Pioneers five additional runs and ended the game prematurely. Point Park had extended their win streak to seven games.

Looking to rally off the first victory, Tarr took the mound for the second game. Like Iagnemma, Tarr only gave up two hits, but she also threw a career-high 17 strikeouts. The ball was only put into play a total of six times throughout the entire game.

This time, the underclassmen stepped up to the plate as well, with freshmen Taylor Goldstrohm and Hailey Leitner going three-for-four with a run and two-for-four with two runs, respectively. Krelow had another big offensive output, going three-for-four with a double.

As a team, the Pioneers totaled 13 hits.

After leading for most of the game 1-0, Point Park lit it up in the seventh-and-final inning with five runs.

The Pioneers ended the doubleheader with two shutouts and an eight-game win streak.

The next day, Point Park headed to Midway for two more RSC games.

Iagnemma started the first game yet again, throwing five strikeouts and one walk in a complete-game 6.0 innings.

Midway started things off for the game, gaining a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Eagles scored again in the fifth and held off the offense of the Pioneers to end Point Park’s win streak and collect a 3-0 win.

Senior Tiffany Edwards led Point Park with two of its four hits, with junior Courtney Blocher and freshman Carissa Scekeres notching one hit apiece.

The Pioneers bounced back in the second game, this time taking a 1-0 lead in the first when Goldstrohm reached base on a single and scored on Leitner’s RBI double.

Tarr had the nod to the mound, totaling 11 strikeouts and no walks while giving up just three hits.

Scekeres scored the second run for the Pioneers on a passed ball in the fifth inning. Goldstrohm and Scekeres would be the only runners to reach home the whole game, with Point Park getting the shutout win 2-0.

With the win, Tarr has won five-straight games, pitching complete games and notching double-digit strikeouts in all of them.

The Pioneers are now 13-14 overall and 8-4 in RSC play, placing them third in the conference right now.

After two non-conference games on Wednesday against Slippery Rock, Point Park will host RSC opponents WVU Tech on Friday and Rio Grande, who is receiving votes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Top 25 Poll, on Saturday.