Park 7, Olivet Nazarene 3:
Park 11, Aquinas 5:
Park 6, Dordt 0:
(TUCSON, Ariz.) The Park University softball team has made a habit of piling up wins at Lincoln Park in Tucson, and Monday (March 10), the Pirates got one of their biggest since joining the field four seasons ago in the Tucson Invitational Games, beating No. 10 Olivet Nazarene 7-3 for the first of three Monday wins, moving the Pirates' win streak to six games.
No. 22 Park (8-1) also came from behind to beat Aquinas (3-4), and the Pirates shut out Dordt (0-6) to end the day, 6-0.
"It was a big win, especially for the first game of the day," said Park coach Amy Reif. "We are just continuing to use this trip as our springboard in to conference season. Today was another step in the right direction."
Kelli Wenberg, Callie Beaver and Britanee Willard were each 2-for-3 against ONU and Emilee Vance was 2-for-4. Willard drove in a pair of runs and Wenberg scored twice, also appearing in the circle to improve to 3-0 on the year with two wins on the day. Megan Butler and Justine Phillips each had two hits for the Tigers, who fell to 0-2.
The Pirates struck in the first with a leadoff single for Beaver and a double to score her by Willard, and in the second inning Beaver joined Taylor Lipps with RBI singles as part of a three-run inning that had Park in front 4-0. Olivet Nazarene added two in the bottom of the second, but Park had single runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth, including another RBI single for Willard, who continued her day at the plate against Aquinas with an RBI and a run, while Beaver went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
Kim Breyfogle also came up big for the Pirates against Aquinas, knocking in two runs and going 2-for-4. The Pirates gave up two runs in the first but Shaya Kinsey erased the lead in the second, lifting a two-run homer to bring in Vance, who singled to begin the inning.
Park broke the game open when Willard and Lipps scored on Shae Boyd's two-run double, part of a five-run inning that put the Pirates in front 7-4. Aquinas got one in the seventh, but Park had already done enough damage, posting three more runs in the fifth and another in the sixth on Megan Palmer's RBI-triple, bringing in Brooke Kunkel after an RBI single.
The Pirates cruised to a sixth-straight win in the night game against Dort, striking for one in the first and two in the second, and in the fourth inning, Palmer, Kunkel and Kinsey had RBI hits to make it 6-0, preserving Allie Reynolds' seven-inning complete-game shutout. Reynolds struck out nine, improving to 4-0.
Park plays three more games Tuesday (March 11), taking on NCAA Division III Dickinson College before games against Purdue-North Central and Briar Cliff in the early evening at Tucson's Lincoln Park. To follow the games, visit Park's Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/parkpirates), which has been devoted to covering the Pirates this week in the Tucson Invitational Games.