March 31, 2005

Wolverines sweep Penn State Behrend

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College softball team extended its win streak to three Thursday afternoon with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Penn State Behrend at College Field. Grove City (3-7) pulled out a 2-1 win in the opener, then earned a 12-2, 5-inning win over the Lions in the nightcap.

In the opener, senior second baseman Abby Moose (New Wilmington, Pa./Mercer) opened the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff triple to right. Moose then scored the game-winner on a run-scoring single from sophomore center fielder Paula Rice (Fredericksburg, Ohio/Waynedale). Rice went 2-for-4 in the opener while senior shortstop Rachel Romance (East Springfield, Pa./Northwestern) tripled and scored in the fourth inning.

Junior left-hander Sarah Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) earned the victory, allowing just three hits in seven innings. Smith, who retired the first 12 batters of the game, struck out three and did not issue a walk.

Grove City broke the nightcap open with a 10-run third inning, the Wolverines' largest one-inning outburst since 1997. Senior right fielder Steph Briggs (Grove City, Pa./Grove City), this week's Presidents' Athletic Conference Player of the Week, opened the inning with a double while Romance followed with a walk. Junior pitcher Jes Flick (Boyers, Pa./Moniteau) belted a two-run triple that extended Grove City's lead to 4-1.

Freshman catcher Abby Greiner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) and Rice each doubled in the inning while Flick capped the inning with an opposite-field three-run homer that scored Briggs and sophomore Kristy Bogusz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian).

Grove City took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second on a two-run triple from Rice that scored freshman third baseman Kristen Hughes (Volant, Pa./Grove City) and junior first baseman Alicia Stefanak (West Middlesex, Pa./West Middlesex). Rice finished the game with four runs batted in while Hughes and Briggs were both 2-for-3.

Flick earned the victory, allowing two runs in five innings. Grove City's 13 hits in the nightcap match a season high while the six extra-base hits are a season-high. The Wolverines will open PAC play Saturday at defending conference champion Bethany.

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