April 23 - GROVE CITY, Pa. – After being shut out 6-0 in the opening game, the Bethany College softball team bounced back with 10 hits in taking a 7-4 victory over Grove City to salvage a split of the PAC doubleheader Tuesday afternoon.
The Bison (18-18, 9-7) nearly took the lead in the first inning of game one, but they had a runner was thrown out at the plate. The Wolverines (7-19, 4-12) used that momentum to score twice in the first and second innings to build a 4-0 lead. Grove City would complete the scoring with solo tallies in the fifth and sixth innings and BC was held to just three hits in the loss.
Game two had a vastly different start for the Green and White, as they struck for three runs in the first inning. Senior Maria Vallone (Rochester, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) belted an RBI double and sophomore Emili Garretson (Winfield, W.Va.) and junior Mindy Bierhals (right - Cabot, Pa./Knoch) had RBI singles.
The BC margin grew to 5-0 by the end of the third, as senior Emily Jump (Milford, Del./Polytech) doubled in one run in the second and freshman Taylor Solomon (Beltsville, Md./Elizabeth Seton) brought in one with a single in the third. Grove City scored once in the sixth inning, but that drew an immediate answer from the Bison, as Bierhals homered to lead off the bottom of the sixth and Vallone hit an RBI single to make it a 7-1 Bethany lead. The Wolverines scored three runs in the seventh inning to make the final margin closer.
The Bison bats finished the nightcap with 10 hits, including two each for Vallone, Bierhals, Garretson and freshman Kayla Kelly (Pasadena, Md./Institute of Notre Dame), who also scored twice. Earning the victory in the circle was Jump, as she tossed a complete game. She allowed four runs, one earned, on seven hits and struck out one while walking two as she improved to 9-7 this year.
Bethany will complete its home and PAC schedule Saturday when it hosts Westminster at 1 p.m. The Bison will need at least one win to remain in the hunt for a berth in the PAC Tournament.