March 3, 2013
Clermont, Fla. - The Grand Valley State softball team opened the 2013 season with a split on Sunday afternoon (Mar. 3) at the NTC Spring Games. GVSU knocked off Wayne State (Neb.) by a 4-3 final before dropping a five-inning affair to Gannon, 10-2.
In the season opener against Wayne State, the Lakers jumped on the board first, with three runs in the first three innings. The first run of the season came off the bat of senior Emily Jones, who smacked a one-out solo home run to right center field in the bottom of the second inning.
With one out in the third inning, senior Katie Martin doubled to left field, which was followed by a walk from junior Tonya Calkins. Two batters later, Jones notched a triple down the right field line, scoring Martin and Calkins for a 3-0 lead.
In the circle, senior Hannah Santora was cruising, not allowing a hit over the first five innings. Wayne State was able to get within a 3-2 score after a pair of run-scoring singles, but Santora left a pair of runners stranded after inducing a groundout. In the bottom of the inning, junior Brittany Taylor scored on a bases loaded wild pitch, giving the Lakers a two-run cushion.
The Wildcats looked to take the lead in the top of the seventh, pushing a run across the plate and loading the bases with just one out. Santora, however, forced a pair of infield popups, getting out of the jam and ending the game in nail-biting fashion.
After tallying 24 wins last season, Santora moves to 1-0 on the new year, tossing a complete game six-hitter. She allowed three runs (two earned), while walking three and striking out three. Jones led GVSU with a 3-for-3 performance, which included the triple, a homer, and three RBI. Senior Nellie Kosola went 2-for-3 with a walk.
Game two - against Gannon - started off well, as the Lakers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second frame. Taylor started the inning with a bunt single and came around to score later after Kosola reached on an error in the outfield. Senior Kayleigh Bertram followed with a run-scoring infield single that plated catcher KC Christopher, who also reached on an infield base hit.
From that point, it was all Gannon. The Golden Knights scored five runs off of freshman Sara Andrasik in the bottom of the second inning, while adding another run in the third inning, and two more in both the fourth and fifth frames. Andrasik (0-1), making her collegiate debut, gave up six runs on six hits in 2.2 innings. Only three of the runs were earned, as the Laker defense committed three errors in the game.
Jones was the lone GVSU player to record a multi-hit contest, going 2-for-3 with a double. Bertram, Christopher, and Taylor also recorded base hits.
The Lakers return to the field on Monday (Mar. 4) at 9:00 a.m. against Dowling before an 11:00 a.m. game versus Georgian Court.