The Point Park pitching staff shut out Carlow, 5-0 and 8-0 in six innings, in the River States Softball Conference Game of the Week double header on Saturday afternoon, at Fairhaven Park’s Lind Field.
Ashley Iagnemma (JR/McKeesport, Pa.) fired a four-hitter in the first game to earn her team-leading fourth win of the season. She struck out 11 with no walks in seven innings of work.
Tiffany Edwards (SO/Deer Lakes, Pa.) threw the second gem, a one-hitter with four strikeouts, no walks and one hit batter in six innings of work, for her second win of the year.
The Pioneers (7-10/2-0 RSC) jumped on top right away when the day’s leadoff hitter Becca Babincak (Gibsonia, Pa.) singled and scored on a hit by Kim Corcoran (JR/Cheswick, Pa.). Celtics pitcher Nicole Hall (JR/Jeannette, Pa.) worked out of the two-on, one-out jam to limit Point Park to one run in the first inning.
But the Pioneers loaded the bases with one out in the second inning and pushed two more runs across on an infield error. Corcoran then cleared the bases with a 2-RBI double to give Point Park a 5-0 lead before the end of the frame.
Sydney Greece (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) took over in the circle for Carlow (5-4/0-2 RSC) in the third inning and halted the Point Park momentum. She pitched five shut-out innings, allowing six hits with two walks and one strikeout. However, the Pioneers already had all they needed.
Haley Stedeford (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) earned Carlow’s first hit of the game in the bottom of the third, and Marla Small (SR/West Mifflin, Pa.) followed it up with a double to the right field fence. However, a quick relay throw by Point Park right fielder Chelsea Rogel (SO/New Wilmington, Pa.) held Stedeford at third base and kept the Celtics off the scoreboard.
Kenzie Young (SR/Leechburg, Pa.) and Ashley Hoak (FR/Elizabeth, Pa.) singled, and Molly Patsch (SR/Rochester, Pa.) reached base on an error, but otherwise Iagnemma kept the Celtics off the base paths.
Corcoran led the Pioneers at the plate in Game 1, going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and three RBIs. Rogel was 3-for-4 with a run scored. Babincak added two hits and two runs scored.
Point Park struck early again in Game 2, this time taking a 5-0 lead by the third inning against Carlow pitcher Madison Miller (SO/North Huntingdon, Pa.).
The Pioneers used three hits, a sacrifice fly by Jessica Beitler (JR/McKeesport, Pa.), one walk and one Carlow error to score two runs in the first inning. They tacked on one more run on another RBI single by Corcoran in the second.
In the third inning, Shannon Davis (SO/West Mifflin, Pa.) reached on an error before Alyssa McMurtrie (SR/Coraopolis, Pa.) blasted a 2-run home run over the right field fence.
Again, the Celtics’ bats were cold until the third inning when Danielle Levato (SO/Beaver Falls, Pa.) earned their only hit of the game.
In the fifth inning, Levato took over pitching duties for Carlow with runners on first and third and one out. She worked out of that jam without any damage, but Point Park added three more runs in the sixth inning on singles by Beitler and Davis, a double by Brittany Ziegler (SO/McDonald, Pa.) and a 2-RBI double by McMurtrie.
In the second game, McMurtrie was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and four RBIs. Corcoran and Beitler were each 2-for-3 with an RBI. Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Babincak went 2-for-3 with a walk.
The Celtics next host Maine Presque Isle in a USCAA matchup at 3pm Monday. The Pioneers play at Waynesburg at 3:30pm Tuesday.