April 27, 2013

Grove City falls in conference finale

LATROBE, Pa. -- The Grove City College softball team closed its Presidents' Athletic Conference schedule Saturday by dropping both ends of a league doubleheader at Saint Vincent. Saint Vincent earned a 4-3 win in Game One and then decisioned Grove City 9-0 in the nightcap.

Grove City charged out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of Game One by combining six hits with two Bearcat errors. Sophomore catcher Sarah Morris (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) highlighted the outburst with a run-scoring single that drove in sophomore shortstop Kelsey Shirey (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia). Sophomore second baseman Allison Rayburn (New Kensington, Pa./Valley) and senior pitcher Lauren Clarke (Lower Burrell, Pa./Burrell) also scored in the inning.

Saint Vincent scored single runs in the second and fourth innings before taking the lead with a pair of fifth-inning runs.

Shirey went 3 for 4 with a triple to lead Grove City's nine-hit attack. Clarke pitched 3 1/3 total innings and allowed two earned runs. Freshman Emily Rothbard (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) yielded two runs in 1 1/3 innings and took the defeat. Senior Faith Jentsch (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park) threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

In Game Two, Saint Vincent (12-18, 5-13 PAC) posted four first-inning runs and then broke open the game with five runs in the third. Shirey doubled while freshman left fielder Megan Lynskey (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) went 2 for 2.

Jentsch allowed four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings. Clarke finished out the third inning while Rothbard threw one scoreless inning.

Grove City (9-21, 4-14 PAC) will host Allegheny Monday at 3:30 p.m. in a non-conference doubleheader. 

Game One Box Score            Game Two Box Score

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