Softball sweeps weekend

Team improves conference to 5-3

Written By Robert Berger, Co-Sports Editor

Photo by Robert Berger
Shannon Davis hits a line drive in a 2018 game. Through 16 games, the right fielder has picked up four RBIs.

The softball team was victorious in two conference series this past weekend at home, sweeping both Ohio Christian University and Cincinnati University in a pair of two game series.

Thursday afternoon, Point Park got the win in game one with a 9-8 final score. Senior pitcher Ashley Iagnemma was on the mound and threw a complete game, allowing four earned runs.

With Point Park trailing 6-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, the team made their first offensive strikes scoring two runs off a two-run home run by freshman Hailey Leitner.

Point Park would continue the rally in the following inning by having six runs cross the plate. This effort included sophomore Maddie Horn knocking a single to right to score the first run of the inning. Point Park picked up their six runs on six hits with the Ohio Christian defense committing two errors.

Point Park picked up their final run in the bottom of the sixth inning after sophomore Courtney Blocher hit a sacrifice fly to center-field, scoring Horn. Horn reached previously on a triple to right field.

Point Parked picked up their second win by outscoring Ohio Christian 4-0 in seven innings. Junior Katie Tarr went pitched a complete game shutout, and racked up 13 strikeouts in the process. The Ohio Christian offense only picked up five hits through the contest.

On the offensive side, the Pioneers picked up all their runs in the bottom of the third inning with two outs against them. Hailey Leitner doubled to left-field which scored, freshman Taylor Goldstrohm, Horn, and Blocher. Senior Shannon Davis drove the next run in on a single to right.

The following day, Point Park was back at their home field picking up a pair of wins against Cincinnati Christian University. In game one, Point Park was victorious 3-2.

Horn scored all three runs in the contest, and the lead-off hitter walked in the first, stole second, and came home on two straight groundouts.

The following run came with Horn being knocked home on a single to the outfield by Goldstrohm. The third run for Point Park occured in the fifth after Blocher tripled and scored Horn once again.

Iagnemma made quick work of the Eagles and took a shutout into the seventh inning. She set down 12 of the first 14 batters she faced through the first five innings.

Cincinnati made comeback efforts in the seventh inning after a homerun and a pair of doubles by the offense. Tarr was brought in to finish the game and pick up the final out.

The final Point Park win featured a 4-1 score with Tarr again pitching a complete game. She totaled a career-high 15 strikeouts in the contest and set down eight of the nine batters in the Cincinnati lineup on strikes.

Point Park took control early, picking up three runs in the third inning. This began with a two-run home run as the second batter of the inning. Before the inning was over, another run was picked up with senior Tiffany Edwards hitting a sacrifice fly to score Blocher.

Point Park only allowed one run, coming in the seventh inning with two outs. Tarr gave up a home run off the bat of Cincinnati Christian’s Dawn Scribben.

After the weekend sweep, the team improved their conference record to 5-3. Boosting them to third place in the conference standings.

Point Park will continue conference play this coming weekend in Kentucky taking on Asbury University and Midway University in a pair of conference double-headers.