April 29, 2006

Wolverines sweep Bethany

BETHANY, W. Va. The Grove City College softball team earned its first sweep of Presidents' Athletic Conference rival Bethany since 2000 Saturday afternoon as Grove City took both ends of a doubleheader against the Bison. Grove City won the opener, 4-2, then pulled out a 5-4 win in the nightcap.

In the opener, Grove City (11-15-1, 3-8 PAC) broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning as junior center fielder Paula Rice (Fredericksburg, Ohio/Waynedale) roped a two-run double that scored sophomore Kristen Hughes (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) and senior pitcher Sarah Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington). Smith singled and Hughes doubled prior to Rice's eventual game-winning hit.

Smith earned the pitching victory for Grove City, allowing one earned run in seven innings. Smith (5-5) scattered 11 hits and did not walk a batter.

Freshman shortstop Amy Fisher (Streetsboro, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) went 2-for-3 in the win while junior second baseman Andrea Settle (Pylesville, Md./Harford Christian) and freshman Julia Coulombe (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) each had run-scoring singles.

In the nightcap, Grove City trailed 4-3 in the fifth but rallied to take the lead with a pair of runs in the inning. Rice doubled and eventually scored on an error while Settle singled in sophomore catcher Abby Greiner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson). Greiner doubled earlier in the inning.

Rice led off the game with a solo homer, her second of the season. Junior Kristy Bogusz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) and Fisher followed with back-to-back doubles. In the third, Fisher singled and scored on a Settle single. Fisher went 3-for-3 while Settle finished 2-for-3 with two runs batted in.

Coulombe earned the win by allowing three earned runs in seven innings. She is now 4-5 on the season.

Grove City will wrap up the 2006 season with a single game at Thiel Tuesday, May 2.

Game One Box Score        Game Two Box Score

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