April 4, 2009

Wolverines now 6-0 in PAC

WAYNESBURG, Pa. -- The Grove City College softball improved to 6-0 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Saturday afternoon by taking both ends of a doubleheader at Waynesburg. Grove City (14-9) earned a 3-0 victory in the opener, then rolled to a 9-0, 5-inning win in the nightcap.

In Game One, sophomore pitcher Lauren Pennell (Zelienople, Pa./Seneca Valley) fired her second straight two-hit shutout. Pennell struck out five and allowed one walk. She faced just 24 batters in seven innings.

Grove City broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth as freshman shortstop Amanda Furmage (Conneaut, Ohio/Conneaut) scored on a sacrifice fly from freshman DH Elizabeth Covatto (Beaver, Pa./Beaver). The Wolverines then added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth as senior second baseman Amy Fisher (Streetsboro, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) and sophomore third baseman Christine Slater (Aliquippa, Pa./Center) both roped run-scoring singles.

Fisher also doubled in the victory while Furmage went 2 for 4 with a pair of runs scored.

Grove City broke Game Two open early as the Wolverines generated five runs in the bottom of the second. Senior right fielder Rachael Risbon (Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum) ignited the inning with an RBI single while junior center fielder Heidi Lohr (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) followed with a two-run double.

The Wolverines added a pair of runs in the third inning as Lohr stroked a two-run single. Sophomore left fielder Brittany Young (Wellsboro, Pa./Wellsboro) followed with a two-run homer, her second round-tripper of the season.

Lohr went 3 for 4 while Young also singled. Lohr, Risbon and Young all scored twice.

Pennell picked up her 13th win of the season by tossing another shutout. She permitted just four hits in five innings. Pennell fanned three and did not walk a batter. For the week, Pennell went 5-0 with four shutouts. She posted an 0.70 earned run average and allowed just 23 baserunners (19 hits, 4 walks) in 30 innings.

Grove City's 14-9 overall record is the program's best since the 2004 team finished the season with a 14-9 record.

The Wolverines will play a PAC doubleheader at Thomas More Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Game One Box Score        Game Two Box Score

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