CHAMPS AGAIN! Lady Lions Rally to Defeat Mount Aloysius in AMCC Title Game
Monday, May 5, 2014 - 1360 hits
A sixth inning rally by Penn State Altoona softball propelled the Lady Lions past Mount Aloysius College 10-5 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championship Game at Penn State Behrend on Sunday afternoon.
The victory gives Penn State Altoona its second AMCC title in program history. It also marks the second consecutive conference championship won by the team, as the Lady Lions defeated Pitt-Bradford last season to earn the 2013 title.
Clarissa Keller (Spring Mills, PA/Penns Valley) led her team at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Amanda Brennan (Jefferson Hills, PA/Thomas Jefferson) and Colleen Meehan (Yardley, PA/Notre Dame) each went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in.
Kelly Chambers (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) was 1-for-3 with a three-run home run. Raychel DeArmitt (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) pitched six innings to secure the win, her AMCC-leading 16th of the season. DeArmitt allowed just two earned runs while striking out five batters.
Kate Burge (Philipsburg, PA/Philipsburg-Osceola) tossed a perfect seventh inning to close the game out.
For Penn State Altoona, it was another day, another comeback win. The second-seeded Lady Lions trailed 5-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning on Sunday before the team plated seven runs to break the game open. It marked the third straight time in as many AMCC Tournament contests that Penn State Altoona assembled a late-inning rally to pull out the victory.
Mount Aloysius, the third-seeded team in the tournament, broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third inning by scoring three runs. Lindsy Sammarco and Jalisa Westover had RBI singles, and a Lady Lion error allowed another run to score.
Penn State Altoona came back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. Brennan's two-run double to left-center got her team on the scoreboard, and she later scored on a passed ball to make it 3-3.
The Lady Mounties got runs in the fifth and sixth innings to reclaim the lead. In the fifth, a Penn State Altoona error allowed Chelsea Engeholm to score. In the sixth, Engeholm's RBI single made it 5-3.
But just as Penn State Altoona had done in its previous two AMCC Tournament games, the Lady Lions hit the comeback trail.
In the bottom half of the sixth, Meehan's base hit up the middle scored two runs to tie the score at five. A Mount Aloysius throwing error advanced Gina Ricci (Garnet Valley, PA/Garnet Valley) to home, putting the Lady Lions on top by one. Brittany Smith's (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) RBI infield single made it 7-5, and Chambers put the exclamation point on her team's lead with a three-run shot to right-center that gave Penn State Altoona a 10-5 advantage.
With the win, the Lady Lions receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament, which is scheduled to begin Thursday, May 8. The team will find out which regional bracket they will be sent to when the NCAA finalizes its tournament schedule early this week. Last season, the squad traveled to Roanoke, Va. to play in the Salem Region.
Penn State Altoona now holds a 29-9 overall record.
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