March 9, 2015

Wolverines go 6-3 in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The Grove City College softball team opened the 2015 season last week by winning six of nine games in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Grove City opened the trip March 2 with a 6-0 victory over Gwynedd-Mercy. After dropping a 9-4 decision to King's (Pa.) later that day, the Wolverines rebounded the following morning to blank Anna Maria, 2-0. Wilkes edged Grove City, 4-3, in the second game March 3.

Grove City closed the week by winning four of its final five games. The Wolverines topped John Jay, 6-1, in their lone game March 4. One day later, Grove City swept a doubleheader with Neumann, 2-1 and 11-1. On Friday the 5th, Grove City downed Rosemont, 6-5, before dropping a 6-4 decision to No. 22 Rowan.

Sophomore pitcher Erika Aughton (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) posted a 3-1 record in the circle in six appearances during the week. She also recorded one save and posted a 1.81 earned run average. Aughton opened the trip with a six-hit shutout against Gwynedd-Mercy and then fired a two-hitter in the 2-0 win over Anna Maria.

Sophomore pitcher Katie Watts (Sandy Lake, Pa./Lakeview) also went 3-1 in five starts for Grove City. Watts walked just two batters in 30 innings and recorded a 2.32 ERA.

Offensively, Aughton scored a team-high nine runs during the week and also had a team-high nine hits, including five doubles. She hit .346 and posted a .514 on-base percentage.

Senior shortstop Kelsey Shirey (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) hit .348 in nine games, including a home run and a team-best nine runs batted in. Shirey also became Grove City's career leader with 141 hits Saturday against Rowan.

Sophomore third baseman Alaina Kunselman (New Bethlehem, Pa./Redbank Valley) and freshman infielder Breanna Lent (Pittsburgh, Pa./Hampton) each hit .368 (7 for 19) during the trip. Kunselman also knocked in six runs. As a team, Grove City hit .278 for the week.

At 6-3, Grove City is off to its best start since the 2004 team won seven of its first nine games.

The Wolverines will open the northern portion of the schedule March 17 at Franciscan University. The home opener is scheduled for March 18 against Mount Aloysius.

Gwynedd-Mercy Box Score            King's Box Score            Anna Maria Box Score            Wilkes Box Score            John Jay Box Score

Neumann Box Score (Game One)            Neumann Box Score (Game Two)            Rosemont Box Score            Rowan Box Score

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