April 1, 2014

Wolverines fall twice at Bethany

BETHANY, W.Va. -- Playing for the first time in 12 days, the Grove City College softball team managed just three hits in each game as the Wolverines dropped their first two Presidents' Athletic Conference games of the season at Bethany on Tuesday afternoon. The Wolverines (4-9, 0-2 PAC) dropped game one 6-2 before falling 8-1 in the nightcap.

In game one, Bethany (7-11, 3-1) used a big third inning to break the game open, compiling five hits and taking advantage of Grove City miscues to record six runs in the frame.

The Wolverines answered with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Junior center fielder Erica Gmuer (Gibsonia, Pa./Hampton) started things with a two-out single, and a throwing error allowed junior second baseman Allison Rayburn (New Kensington, Pa./Valley) to reach base and Gmuer to move to third.

Gmuer would come home to score when junior Caitlyn Vidovic (North Ridgeville, Ohio/Lutheran West) singled to right field, and junior Kelsey Shirey (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) followed with an RBI-single to left center, scoring Rayburn to close the gap to 6-2.

That would be all the scoring for Grove City, as Bethany's Kelsey Bish didn't allow another hit the rest of the way.

Freshman Erika Aughton (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) took the loss on the mound, allowing nine hits and six runs (five earned) while striking out four over six innings.

In the second game, it was the Wolverines, batting in the bottom of innings as the home team, who struck first. After a Rayburn single and walks by Shirey and junior catcher Sarah Morris (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) loaded the bases, freshman pitcher Katie Watts (Sandy Lake, Pa./Lakeview) got Grove City on the board with an RBI-single that scored Rayburn and gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.

Bethany would plate four runs in the top of the third to take the lead and added three in the sixth and one in the seventh. Grove City, however, would manage just one hit over the remaining six innings - a Vidovic single to lead off the third inning.

Watts dropped the decision in game two, allowing 10 hits and seven runs while striking out three over five and two-thirds innings. Freshman Aimee Wootton (Weiser, Idaho/Weiser) allowed one run on two hits in one and one-third innings of relief.

The Wolverines are scheduled to host Hiram in their home opening doubleheader on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Game One Box

Game Two Box

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