April 28, 2010

Grove City drops two

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College softball team dropped to 5-7 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Wednesday afternoon as visiting Waynesburg took both ends of a PAC doubleheader at College Field. Waynesburg (13-17, 6-8 PAC) won the opener 4-0 and then pulled out a 5-4 win in the nightcap.

Grove City (the designated visiting team) trailed 4-2 entering the top of the seventh of Game Two. However, the Wolverines rallied for a pair of runs. Senior center fielder Heidi Lohr (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) opened the inning with a triple. Lohr then scored on a double by freshman third baseman Amanda Sheppeck (Butler, Pa./Knoch).

Sheppeck scored the tying run when freshman pitcher Lauren Clarke (Lower Burrell, Pa./Burrell) singled to right.

Waynesburg secured the win in the bottom of the seventh when Amanda Baughman doubled in Kristen Lautenschlager with one out.

Grove City (12-21) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on back-to-back doubles by senior pitcher Lauren Pennell (Zelienople, Pa./Seneca Valley) and freshman right fielder Brittany Barrett (East Liverpool, Ohio/Beaver Local). Waynesburg tied the game in the fourth but the Wolverines inched back ahead in the fifth as Lohr scored on Sheppeck's first double of the day.

Sheppeck went 4 for 4 while Lohr went 2 for 3. The Wolverines out-hit Waynesburg 11-5. Grove City left seven runners on base, including six in scoring position.

Clarke started and allowed one hit through four innings. Sheppeck allowed an unearned run in 1 1/3 innings while Pennell yielded two unearned runs in 2/3 of an inning. Clarke returned to pitch the seventh and absorbed the defeat. Grove City committed five errors which led to the four unearned runs.

Baughman limited Grove City to two singles in the opener. Pennell allowed one earned run in four innings and Clarke pitched the final three frames. Both pitchers struck out three.

Grove City will host Thiel Saturday at 1 p.m. in both teams' conference finale.

Game One Box Score                Game Two Box Score

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