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Softball Picks Up First Win of the Season

McKeesport, Pa- The Greater Allegheny softball team opened its 2012 season with two double-headers over the weekend.  After being swept by Carlow on Saturday- 11-1 in game 1, 14-0 in game 2- the Lady Lions bounced back to split a PSUAC double-header with Penn State Worthington Scranton.  They won game 1 5-3, before falling 13-5 in game 2.

  In the double-header with Carlow, freshman Taylor McCallister (Norwin, PA) went 2-4 with a double, and scored the lone GA run.  

  In game 1 against Worthington Scranton,  Greater Allegheny got on the board right away in the first.  Taylor McCallister doubled to left field and then advanced to third on a passed ball.  Freshman Kelli Hall (McKeesport, PA) followed with an RBI single, putting GA up 1-0.

  After two straight scoreless innings, Worthington Scranton tied the game in the top of the fourth with back-to-back hits to lead off the inning.  Greater Allegheny struck back in their half of the inning when a double from Theresa Gionta (Mission Viejo, CA) plated sophomore Sydney McMullen (Trinity, PA), who had reached on a single.  

  GA would extend its lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two runs via a home run by sophomore Casey Naylor (South Allegheny, PA);  they now led 4-1.

  The teams exchanged runs in the sixth, and despite giving up a seventh inning run, GA starting pitcher, freshman Kristen Popp (McKeesport, PA), closed the door on a Worthington Scranton comeback- GA held on to win, 5-3.

  Popp earned the win on the mound, giving up 3 runs on 9 hits, through her 7 innings of work.  She would also strike out 5, while walking 3.  Taylor McCallister, freshman Audra Besnak (Steel Valley, PA), and Theresa Gionta all had 2 hits.  Casey Naylor led GA with 2 RBI's, both coming off her 2-run homer.

  Game 2 did not go as well for Greater Allegheny, as they trailed 13-2 after the first three innings.  GA would tack on three more runs in the game's last two innings, but still fell 13-5.  Taylor McCallister again had 2 hits, while also driving in 2 runs. 

  Following the busy weekend, the Greater Allegheny softball team owns a 1-3 record overall, and is 1-1 in the PSUAC.  They will return to the diamond next Saturday, April 7 for a home double-header against Carlow.  First pitch is set for 12 PM.