Softball Drops Two Low Scoring Affairs
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury softball could not generate runs on Friday night, losing twice to KIAC foe Point Park. The Pioneers shut out the Eagles 1-0 in game one before taking 2-1 with a solo home run to lead off the seventh proving to be the difference.
Both teams are now 7-3 in league play after Friday’s action with a meeting in Pittsburgh scheduled in two weeks. The Eagles are 10-14 overall and have lost four straight. Point Park improves to 14-8 overall.
In both games Point Park scored a run in the top of the first inning as Asbury never led in either game. In game one Ashley Morran hit a two-out double to left to score Olivia Sorce for the game’s lone run. The Eagles had their chances as they left seven runners on base. In the fourth Asbury left the bases loaded and they left runners at first and second in the seventh. Point Park left eight runners on.
Asbury outhit Point Park 8-7 in game one despite the loss. AnnaBeth Hill picked up a pair of singles for the Eagles. Summer Rattliff struck out five over seven innings for the Eagles in the losing effort. She walked only one on the night. Kelsey Robertson picked up the win for Point Park with five innings of five-hit ball, striking out eight. Hannah Harley earned the save with two innings of relief.
In game two it was Morran again that knocked in the first run in the first inning, this time with a single through the left side to score Taylor Geary. Maris Harreld worked out of a jam to leave two runners stranded. Both teams collected seven hits in the game but Asbury left eight on base while Point Park stranded just five.
The Eagles answered Point Park’s run with a run of their own in the second. Sarah Patrick singled down the left field line with one out and Kateland Hunter followed with a hit down the right field line two batters later. Asbury had their best chance to take the lead in the third but left the bases loaded.
Harreld settled in after giving up five hits in the first three innings, retiring 10 straight batters starting with a double play to end the third. Harreld didn’t give up anything until the seventh when Courtney Manovich hit a solo home run to give PPU a 2-1 lead. Harreld finished with seven strikeouts over seven innings in the losing effort. Madi Adair picked up two hits in the game for the Eagles
Asbury will travel to Alice Lloyd for two games on Saturday starting at 1 pm. Asbury defeated ALC twice on Tuesday.