March 8, 2006

Grove City finishes trip 3-3

ORLANDO, Fla. The Grove City College softball team split a pair of games against both Bethel (Ind.) and Seton Hill last week during its trip to Disney's Wide World of Sports complex, as the Wolverines finished the week with a 3-3 record.

Last Thursday, March 2, the Wolverines fell to NAIA Bethel, 11-0, in Grove City's lone game of the day. Grove City managed just three singles in the game. Junior pitcher Lauren Carlson (Meadville, Pa./Meadville) took the loss, allowing 10 earned runs in 2 1/3 innings. Senior Jes Flick (Boyers, Pa./Moniteau) fired 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Friday, Grove City bounced back with a 7-4 win over Bethel. Junior center fielder Paula Rice (Fredericksburg, Ohio/Waynedale) tripled, doubled, singled and drove in three runs to help spark the Grove City offense.

Freshman shortstop Amy Fisher (Streetsboro, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) and sophomore Kristen Hughes (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) both doubled while junior second baseman Andrea Settle (Pylesville, Md./Harford Christian) roped a pair of singles. Settle and Hughes both scored twice while Hughes also knocked in two runs.

Senior pitcher Sarah Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) earned the win by striking out seven in seven innings. She took a shutout into the sixth inning.

Saturday night, Grove City split a doubleheader with NAIA Seton Hill. Grove City opened the night with an 8-0 loss to the Griffins but bounced back for a 3-0 win in the nightcap. In Game Two, Smith (2-1) fired a five-hit shutout. She struck out six and did not issue a walk.

Grove City scored all three runs in the bottom of the third on just one hit. Carlson went 2-for-3 while junior catcher Kristy Bogusz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) doubled and scored.

Flick took the loss in Saturday's opener, pitching 5 2/3 innings. She allowed four earned runs.

Grove City will host Penn State Altoona March 21 in a non-conference doubleheader at 3 p.m.

Bethel Game One Box Score                Bethel Game Two Box Score

Seton Hill Game One Box Score           Seton Hill Game Two Box Score

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