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Lady Wolverines get first sweep in two years 

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- It took 712 days, but the Grove City College softball team finally picked up a doubleheader sweep.

Saturday afternoon, Grove City (6-8, 2-0 PAC) grabbed the early lead in the Presidents' Athletic Conference with a pair of victories over visiting Waynesburg (8-8, 0-2 PAC). Grove City won the first game 3-0, then held on for a 3-2 win in the nightcap.

It is Grove City's first doubleheader sweep since April 23, 2001, when Grove City also swept Waynesburg.

Junior pitcher Allison Atwood (Warren, Pa./Warren) fired a two-hit shutout in the opener. Atwood fanned a dozen batters for the second consecutive game and improved to 2-5 on the season. In the nightcap, Atwood pitched the final three innings to record her first career save in relief of winning pitcher Sarah Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington).

In game one, Grove City grabbed the win with single tallies in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. With one out in the fourth, sophomore right fielder Steph Briggs (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) roped a triple to right and scored on a single from senior third baseman Elena Cecchini (Avella, Pa./Avella). 

Junior left fielder Sarah Babb (Cranberry, Pa./Cranberry) led off the fifth with a walk and moved to third on singles by sophomore catcher Kelly Cozad (Franklin, Pa./Franklin) and senior Ellie Smith (Grove City, Pa./Grove City). An Atwood groundout scored Babb. In the sixth, senior first baseman Rachel Russell (Shelbina, Mo./South Shelby) cracked a two-out single and eventually scored on a Cozad hit. 

Smith and Cozad both had two hits in the game.

Grove City fell behind 1-0 in the nightcap but tied the game in the third as Ellie Smith singled, advanced 60 feet on an Atwood single and then scored on an error. Waynesburg reclaimed a 2-1 lead in the fourth but the Lady Wolverines took the lead for good in the fifth. 

With one out, junior Katie Gaskill (Sarver, Pa./Knoch) walked. Atwood and sophomore Rachel Romance (East Springfield, Pa./Northwestern) each singled, loading the bases for Briggs. Briggs drew a four-pitch walk to score Gaskill. Atwood, who went 3-for-4 with a double in the nightcap, would then score the eventual game-winner on an error. 

Sarah Smith allowed two unearned runs in four innings while Atwood struck out three in three innings.  

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