Softball sweep RSC rival Alice Lloyd College in home series double header, now 7-3 at home

Pioneers have won four of their last five, stand in second place in East behind Rio Grande

Written By Kayla Sterner, Co-Sports Editor

Point Park softball (8-8, 5-3 RSC) returned to their home diamond on Sunday for a double-header against Alice Lloyd College (7-17, 2-10 RSC). The Pioneers mercied the Eagles in the first game as they defeated them 12-1 in five innings. The home team also outlasted Alice Lloyd 5-2 in the second game.

Senior pitcher Angelee Beall pitched four innings and allowed six hits, one run and had one strikeout in 19 batters. Freshman pitcher Sam Lyle pitched one inning and had two strikeouts in three batters.

The offense was on fire for PPU. Sophomore infielder Melanie Taylor was two-for-three with two runs. Senior outfielder Cameron Meier was two-for-two at the plate with two runs and an RBI while Beall was two-of-three with two hits and five RBIs. As a team, Point Park had nine RBIs.

The Pioneers had two hits and scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the first thanks to errors by the Eagles. Meier opened up the gates with a double and scored after Beall reached first on error then advanced to second. Senior catcher Hailey Leitner smacked a single to push Beall over, who then scored after senior first baseman Alex Bondi reached first thanks to an error by the shortstop. Leitner crossed the plate to grab a 3-0 advantage after junior infielder Sydnie Reese reached first and pushed the runners over. 

Alice Llyod scored their sole run of the game in the top of the second inning on an error and PPU responded with four runs when they got up to bat. Taylor singled to the left and Meier walked to set up Beall for a three-run homer to clutch a 6-1 lead. Bondi scored after sophomore Bella Magliocco singled up the middle. 

Beall had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third to score Taylor and go up 8-1 against the Eagles. The Pioneers roped five hits in the bottom of the fourth to score four runs and lead 12-1, which proved to be the final score. 

Freshman Raigan Chavez pinch ran for Bondi and stole second before Reese doubled and advanced to third to score Chavez. Magliocco reached on error to score Reese and Taylor singled to the left side to push the runners over, which led to Meier’s sacrifice fly that scored Magliocco. Beall smashed another single to score sophomore outfielderRemi Koi, who also hit a single to get on base. 

Alice Lloyd was not able to muster up any runs in the top of the fifth to keep the game going, thus the Pioneers won game one.

Senior pitcher Jada Simon earned the win in the circle in the second game after she pitched all seven innings and only allowed four hits and two runs to score. Simon had one strikeout and one walk in 24 batters faced.

Simon had a day on the plate after she went two-for-three at the plate with a run and Reese was two-for-three in the box. Koi was zero-for-two at the plate with one run and two RBIs.

The Pioneers had two hits and three runs in the bottom of the first to get on the board and leave the Eagles defense in the field. Simon singled up the middle and Chavez ran for her. Freshman catcher Gianna Welsh reached first on an error by the third baseman to push Chavez over, who scored an unearned run after senior catcher Cristina Sargent reached first on an error by the pitcher. 

Sargent stole second on the next pitch and then advanced to third on a passed ball.  Senior infielder Mara Iagnemma was walked and then stole second. Koi grounded out to the shortstop to push Iagnemma to third and score Sargent. Iagnemma scored thanks to a single from Taylor with two outs to lead 3-0 heading into the third.

Alice Lloyd put up a crooked number in the third inning to cut the deficit to 3-2 and keep the game in arm’s reach. PPU left three runners on base in the bottom of the inning after three batters were walked. Point Park scored one unearned run in the bottom of the fourth to clutch a 4-2 advantage. 

Simon scored in the bottom of the fifth after a sacrifice fly from Koi. Neither team scored in the following two innings and the Pioneers left the diamond with a 5-2 victory. 

Point Park plays on April 3 at home against University of Rio Grande, but the results were not available at the time this article was written. The Pioneers next home games are set for April 6 against RV St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and April 7 against Oakland City University. Both games are double-headers.