Beaver softball wins PSUAC Championship, heads to USCAA
The Penn State Beaver Lady Lions softball team won the PSUAC Championship on Thursday in Williamsport, Pa. In the semifinals, they defeated Penn State Hazleton, 7-2, and went on to take the conference championship from the Penn College Wildcats in two games, 5-4 and 5-4, in the double elimination tournament. The women will compete in the USCAA National Tournament on May 6 and 7 in Decatur, Ill.
In the championship round, Beaver took on Penn College, which had defeated Beaver the previous day. The Wildcats scored one in the first inning, added two unearned runs in the third and another in the sixth to build a 4-0 lead. However, Beaver came alive in the sixth, scoring two to cut the lead to 4-2. After holding Penn College scoreless, Lindsay Scialdone lined a two-out walk-off single that scored both the tying and winning run.
In game two of the championship, Beaver had built a 1-0 lead after two innings. Penn College scored twice in the third inning, but Beaver scored one to tie the game at 2-2 after three innings. After a scoreless inning in the fifth, it began to rain and there was a 20-minute delay.
Play resumed and the Wildcats scored twice for a 4-2 lead. Beaver couldn’t get a runner across the plate in the fifth and sixth innings, but finally rallied when senior Taylor Rzeczkowski (Highland High School, Tarentum, Pa. ) had a triple and junior Jen Hain (Northgate High School, Pittsburgh) grounded out to knock in Rzeczkowski to bring the game to 4-3.
Senior Melissa Swoager (South Side High School, Hookstown, Pa.) singled and sophomore Alonna Verrico (Rochester High School, Rochester, Pa.) followed with an infield hit. After a fielder’s choice, a walk loaded the bases to move the winning run into scoring position. Junior Amanda Moore (Hopewell High School, Racoon Township, Pa.) scored on a wild pitch to tie the game, and freshman Jamie Karpinski (Quigley Catholic High School, Beaver, Pa.) pounded a 1-2 pitch down the third base line for a walk-off single to take the PSUAC Championship.
The Lady Lions are 27-17 overall.
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