Game 1 Box Score
ABINGTON, Pa. - For the second straight time, Wesley College's softball team put up 30 runs in a doubleheader sweep. Victimized on St. Patrick's Day was Penn State-Abington as the Wolverines won the opener, 14-1, before taking the second game, 16-4 on Saturday afternoon.
In the opener, every player got at least one base hit, led by a 3-4 performance by Jessica Barranco. A junior from Topeka, Kan., Barranco finished a triple away from the cycle with three runs scored and three RBIs.
Helping her own cause in the circle was Meghan McGonigle who also recorded three hits with two runs scored and an RBI. Fellow freshmen Nicole Piscopo and Brynae Goodley both went 2-4 with a pair of runs batted in.
Wesley scored six runs in the first three innings, but after a scoreless fourth, the bats awoke for eight runs on seven hits to run-rule the Nittany Lions. Ashly Bendorovich was plunked by a pitch to start the inning and she advanced to third on a double by McGonigle. A single by Goodley scored Bendorovich and a double by Barranco scored both McGonigle and Goodley. Barranco then advanced to third on a passed ball and scored as Ashlyn Booth reached on an error. Nikki Barton followed up with a double to score Booth and Barton scored as Piscopo double to right-center.
Bendorovich, who started the inning, came up once again and doubled to right to score Piscopo and McGonigle recorded her second two-base hit of the inning to scored Bendorovich.
McGonigle was just as impressive in the circle as she was with the bat, as she allowed just one run on six hits while striking out three to earn the victory.
Unlike the first game, Wesley scored early in the second game to put the game out of reach with six runs in the first, one in the second and eight in the third. Booth recorded the first multi-home run game of her career but Bendorovich went 3-4 with a homer, two doubles and five RBIs.
Barranco led off the game with a walk and promptly stole second before scoring on Samantha Barker's double. Tamerra Starr then reached on an error to put two runners on for Booth who crushed her first home run of the afternoon. Barton then reached on an error, stole second and advanced to third on a flyout to right. Bendorovich then doubled to score Barton but she was tagged out at third on McGonigle's fielder's choice. McGonigle reached the opposite corner of the diamond after a pair of wild pitches and scored on Goodley's double for the sixth run of the inning.
After tacking on a run in the second to take a 7-0 lead, Bendorovich led off the third with a home run to put the mercy-rule in affect. The Wolverines would bat around once again and with the bases loaded, the sophomore from Levittown, Pa., cleared the bases with a three-run double.
Piscopo received the win after allowing four earned runs on six hits in 3.1 innings of work. McGonigle came in to close out the game pitched a perfect 1.2 innings to get Wesley back to the .500 mark on the season at 8-8.
On deck for the Wolverines is Gallaudet for a 3 pm doubleheader on March 20 in our Nation's Capital.