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Softball splits conference doubleheader

Photo by Tiana Lecker
Sophomore pitcher Jaylyn Mullenax pitching against the Midway Eagles on March 24.

Point Park softball faced off against a top RSC Opponent, the St. Mary-Woods Pomeroys. The Pioneers were bouncing between the third and fourth spot in the RSC East, while The Pomeroys were second in the RSC West. Point Park came off a dominant victory against Carlow, winning 16-1 in a two game series. 

Point Park’s starting pitcher for game one was Jaylyn Mullenax, while the Pomeroys’ had Marin Jacobs take the mound. Mullenax entered this matchup with a 4-7 record, compared to Jacobs with a 6-3 record. 

The second inning was the start of something special for The Pioneers. Point Park went on to score three runs in that inning. Bella Magliocco hit a single to center field to advance Mia Arndt to third and bring in Sydnie Reese for the team’s first run of the game. 

Haley O’Neil went up to plate and hit a single to the pitcher’s mound, reaching first safely. Magliocco advanced to third, and Arndt came home for the second run. The third and final run of the second inning came from Remi Koi who hit a sac fly to center field to bring in Magliocco. 

For the Pomeroys, Jasmine Kinzer was the only batter to get an RBI. Kinzer hit a homerun in the fourth inning, and a single to center field in the sixth inning for two total RBIs. These were only runs for St. Mary-Woods. 

The Pioneers’ fourth and final run of the game came from pinch hitter Breanna Pies. Pies hit a single to right field to bring Arndt home. This was Arndt’s second run of the game.

Mullenax was still on the mound looking to accomplish the complete game victory. Mullenax was marked for giving up ten hits, but she got out of a few tough situations with the help of good fielding. This added a victory to the win column. 

Mullenax finished with five strikeouts and two earned runs allowed  against 31 batters. On the hitting side, Arndt stepped up to the plate three times, and every at-bat for Arndt was a hit. Magliocco also had a perfect game at the plate, going two-for-two at the dish. 

Freshman outfielder Mia Arndt hitting against Midway last weekend.

The Pioneers prepared for the second game right after, getting a chance to win both games of the home series against the Pomeroys. Savannah Lee would start on the mound for Point Park, and St. Mary-Woods would send out Summer Rocha, the Morgan State University transfer. 

Arndt got on base in her first at-bat of the game, continuing her hot streak. In that first inning, Lee, who was pitching, showed off her bat skills to bring in the first run of the game. Pioneers strike first.

The game continued to be quiet, until the fourth inning where the Pomeroys got on the board to tie the game after a Jaselyn Conn solo shot. In the fifth and sixth innings, the Pomeroys scored four more unanswered runs to extend the lead to a score of 5-1.

The Pioneers would get back on the board. Arndt would get on base again, and Lee would drive her in on a groundout. Pies hit a single to right field in that same sixth inning to make the score 5-3. 

The top of the seventh inning was the dagger for the Pomeroys. St. Mary-Woods got four more runs, and the Pioneers could not answer. This resulted in a 9-3 loss for Point Park.

The Pioneers won game one, and game two went to the Pomeroys. Mia Arndt stood out in the series as she went five-for-six at the plate. The Pioneers are now 11-13, and 5-9 in the conference. The Pioneers will be traveling to West Liberty on April 2 and will face Brescia on April 5.

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