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Grove City settles for split against W&J

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GROVE CITY, PA, April 5, 2001--The Lady Wolverine softball team posted its fourth consecutive doubleheader split Thursday, taking the first game from visiting Washington & Jefferson, 1-0, but losing the second, 4-3, in nine innings.

Freshman P Allison Atwood (Warren, PA/Warren) tossed a four-hit shutout in the victory, striking out nine and walking none over seven complete. 

After six scoreless innings, senior RF Megan Wittenwyler (Des Moines, IA/Dowling) led off the bottom of the seventh with a single.   Senior LF Jessie Renaldo (Brookville, PA/Brookville) then reached on a fielder's choice as senior Kristina Dixon (Smethport, PA/Smethport), who ran for Wittenwyler, was erased at second base.  After a strike out, sophomore 1B Rachel Russell (Shelbina, MO/South Shelby) walked with two outs, advancing Renaldo to second.  Freshman Jennifer Neumann (Brookfield, OH/Kennedy Christian) then sent a ground ball to the hole between first and second which was fielded cleanly but thrown away, allowing Renaldo to sprint home with the game-winning run.

In the nightcap, junior P Laura LeVake (Faribault, MN/Faribault) surrendered just one earned run on six hits over 8-1/3 innings, fanning three and walking two. 

Grove City led 2-1 heading into the final frame, but the Presidents tied it with a run in the seventh.  Both teams plated a run in the eighth with a runner opening each at-bat at second base (international rule) before W&J won it with a run in the ninth.

Sophomore CF Ellie Smith (Grove City, PA/Grove City) collected four hits in the twin bill, giving her eight hits over the last four games.

The Lady Wolverines moved to 4-6 overall, 2-2 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference, while W&J went to 2-6 overall, 1-1 in the PAC.

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