April 27, 2007

Grove City earns split at Waynesburg

WAYNESBURG, Pa. -- The Grove City College softball team earned its first Presidents' Athletic Conference victory of the 2007 season Friday afternoon, splitting a PAC doubleheader at Waynesburg. Grove City pulled out a 6-5, 11-inning victory over Waynesburg in the opener. However, Waynesburg rebounded to pull out a 4-1 win in the nightcap.

Grove City scored twice in the top of the 11th to take a 6-4 lead. Sophomore Rachael Risbon (Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum) singled in senior Kristy Bogusz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian), putting in Grove City ahead. Junior DH Kristen Fritz (Sykesville, Md./South Carroll) later scored on an error, extending the lead to 6-4. Waynesburg scored once in the bottom of the 11th but left the tying run on base.

Grove City trailed 2-1 entering the seventh but senior center fielder Paula Rice (Fredericksburg, Ohio/Waynedale) belted a two-out triple. Sophomore pitcher Amy Fisher (Streetsboro, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) followed with a game-tying single that scored Rice.

Rice went 2 for 6 with three runs scored. Fritz and Risbon both singled twice while junior Kristen Hughes (Volant, Pa./Grove City) doubled.

Fisher earned the win by allowing three earned runs in 11 innings. The 11-inning game is Grove City's longest since a 5-4, 11-inning win over Waynesburg April 25, 2003 in the PAC Championship Tournament.

In the nightcap, Waynesburg grabbed a 4-0 lead in the second and held on for the win. Grove City loaded the bases in the seventh but could not score. The Wolverines stranded 10 runners in Game Two.

Senior pitcher Lauren Carlson (Meadville, Pa./Meadville) took the defeat despite allowing just one earned run in seven innings.

Bogusz led Grove City with a run-scoring double and two singles while freshman third baseman Laura Miller (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield) went 2 for 2.

Grove City (8-18, 1-9 PAC) will host Bethany Saturday at 3 p.m. in a PAC doubleheader.

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