Glenville State battled the first place WV Wesleyan Bobcats Wednesday night in Buckhannon, and may have opened some eyes around the WVIAC. Since a sloppy start in league play, the Lady Pioneers have rebounded nicely, to fight their way back into the race for a regular season crown, or at worst, a first round bye come tournament time at the end of the month.
On this night the Lady Pioneers would overcome a hostile environment, to improve their mark to 21-22 overall, and 9-5 in WVIAC play. The 9-5 mark currently has Glenville at sixth in the standings.
Senior hurler Mandy Parkulo pitched 15 excellent innings Wednesday night, pushing the conference front runners to the brink of collapse. In game one Parkulo allowed just two runs off a pair of defensive miscues, with six hits, and struckout five as Glenville protected an early 3-0 lead, and hung onto win 3-2.
At the plate it was a two run double in the second inning from Senior Leanne Harris, that stretched Glenville’s advantage to 3-0 at the time. It was just a sign of things to come for Harris. Stacy Mack drove in the other GSC run with a corkscrew single in the first inning.
In game two, Glenville overcame an early one run deficit to take a 4-2 lead in the fifth off yet another two run double for Harris. On the day Harris went four-for-eight with a pair of extra base hits, and four RBI’s. Also at the plate, in game two, freshman Meagan Lesser homered for the third time this season, and the second time in four games. Lesser is now tied with Meagan James for the team lead in long balls this season.
Glenville carried a one run lead into the bottom of the seventh before a lead off double spoiled the fun, as Wesleyan tied the contest 4-4. On the same hit that scored the tieing run, Center Field Brittney Handley gunned down the winning run at the plate for the first out of the inning. After the great throw by Handley, and the great tag by catcher Brooke Foster, Parkulo would work out of the seventh, and force extra innings.
In the eighth GSC had runners at second and third with one out, but failed to score a run, and lost the game in the bottom of the inning, 7-4. Glenville seems to be gaining steam, and will face rivals from the north Fairmont State University Saturday afternoon at two and four PM in Fairmont.