April 4, 2009
CONTACT: Van Zanic
Sports Information Director
GENEVA SWEPT ON HOME TURF FOR FIRST TIME, THIEL TAKES TWO
Beaver Falls, PA – It was going to happen sooner or later and on Saturday afternoon it turned out to be sooner for the Geneva College softball team. For the first time in the two year history of Geneva’s new softball field the Golden Tornadoes walked off their own field having dropped a doubleheader. Geneva fell to 2-1 in eight innings in game one to Thiel College then dropped an 8-4 decision in game number two. The doubleheader loss dropped Geneva’s overall record to 13-9.
Ashley Archer pitched her heart out in game one only to come away with a hard luck loss. The senior hurler went the distance and allowed just one earned run. She gave up five hits and struck out eight in the loss. The Golden Tornadoes put their only run up in the first inning when Michawn Rich scored on an Amy Pearce RBI groundout. The Golden Tornadoes had ten hits but twice left the bases loaded and left a total of 12 runners on base. Rich and Pearce had two hits each in game one.
Thiel jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first inning of game two. The Golden Tornadoes answered with a three run third to take the lead. Three consecutive RBI hits from Lyndsay Piette, Kara Zimmerman and Leanne Abate gave Geneva to the lead, but it was very short lived. Thiel picked up four runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to put the game away. Geneva’s Ariel Lilly picked up the loss after 3 1/3 innings of work and four runs allowed. Rebekah Wahl closed out the game for the Golden Tornadoes but also was saddled with four runs. Geneva had 12 hits in game two and left 14 runners on base. Kara Zimmerman had three hits while teammates Michawn Rich, Leanne Abate and Lyndsay Piette had two hits each.
Geneva will travel to New Wilmington on Tuesday for a doubleheader against Westminster College.
Geneva is one of only 118 colleges in the U.S. to be approved for membership in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), and is a founding member.