By Becky Brouse
For The Fayette Tribune
Sophomore third baseman Megan Blythe hit her second and third home runs of the season and the WVU Tech softball team swept a doubleheader against Ohio Christian University, 12-4 and 14-10, Friday to grab its first two wins of the 2014 season.
The Golden Bears improved to 2-9 during the action at Riverside High School, while the Trailblazers fell to 1-2.
Blythe enjoyed what was quite possibly the best two-game stretch of her career, finishing 6-for-6 with six runs scored, five RBI and a stolen base.
Junior shortstop Kat Lively continued her success at the plate with five hits, including three doubles and a triple, and three RBI on the day.
Freshman Lexi Huck, who is on a four-game hitting streak, belted her first collegiate home run and recorded her first stolen base in game one. Huck plated five runs and drove in four more.
Tech broke the first game open with a four-run second inning that set the tone for the day. During the frame, Tech had four hits and nearly batted around the order.
The hosts added three runs in the fifth inning before closing out the game with a four-run sixth.
Seven of Tech’s 10 players had at least one hit, with four Golden Bears totaling two or more hits. Senior left fielder Aquila Fox, Blythe and Lively led the way with three hits each. Senior center fielder Emily Geldbach had two hits, including a double, while driving in three runs.
Sophomore Ashley Boggs (1-4) pitched a complete game for the Golden Bears, yielding seven hits and two earned runs.
In the nightcap, Tech did most of its damage in the opening three innings, with six runs in the first, two in the second and one in the third.
Sophomore second baseman Breigh Renner was 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, recording an RBI and a run scored. Freshman right fielder Adriana Rosendo was 2-for-4 with a double and one run scored.
Freshman Mackenzie Wilson (1-5), who also had an RBI, recorded her first collegiate win in the circle. Wilson pitched 4.1 innings, striking out seven batters while giving up 10 hits and three earned runs.
Boggs finished out the game for the Bears, pitching 2.2 innings, giving up two hits and one earned run.
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In earlier action, Tech dropped a pair of games to visiting Glenville State College, 10-4 and 12-2.
Lively had a strong day at the plate for Tech, going 3-for-5 including a two-run homer in game one against the Pioneers. Lively produced three RBIs and scored twice.
Wilson also registered a home run in game one, her second in as many games. The freshman produced one RBI and a run scored. On the mound, Wilson (0-5) pitched 6.0 innings in game one for the loss, striking out six and walking six while giving up six hits and four earned runs.
In addition to fanning three batters over 4.0 innings in game two, Boggs (0-4) went 1-for-3 at the plate, scoring one run for the Golden Bears.
Huck had three hits to go with two RBIs.
(Brouse is the Tech sports information director. For more, visit www.goldenbearathletics.com.)