March 11, 2009
CONTACT: Van Zanic
Sports Information Director
SUNNY SPLITS, TREND CONTINUES FOR GENEVA SOFTBALL
Kissimmee, FL – The trend of splitting doubleheaders continued on Wednesday for the Geneva softball team. The difference on this day was that the Golden Tornadoes won the first game of the day and then dropped the night cap. Geneva opened its day with a 3-2 victory over Beloit College. In the night cap, the Golden Tornadoes dropped a 7-3 decision to 25th ranked Trine University. The split moved Geneva’s overall record to 3-3.
Ariel Lilly made her collegiate debut on the mound in game one and pitched four strong innings in picking up the victory. Lilly allowed three hits and two runs in her four innings of work. Lilly left the game tied at two each, but the Golden Tornadoes got the eventual game winner in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Geneva opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the first inning. Amy Pearce delivered a two-run single in the opening frame to get the Golden Tornadoes off and running. Beloit managed single runs in the third and fourth innings to tie the score. Leanne Abate came up with an RBI single in the fourth inning for the game winner. Rebekah Wahl pitched three scoreless innings to earn the save. Wahl allowed just one base runner and struck out four in three innings.
Geneva again took an early 2-0 lead in the night cap on an RBI double from Martha Adams and a run scoring single from Pearce. Trine quickly answered with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Trine extended its lead with a run in the second and two more tallies in the sixth. Ashley Archer was handed the loss in six innings of work. Geneva had ten hits including a perfect 3-3 day from Adams in game two.
After a day off on Thursday, Geneva will face Hiram and the US Coast Guard on Friday morning in Kissimmee.
Geneva engineering students compete in national competitions including the Solar Splash, Steel Bridge Building and the Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Competition.