Lady Lions Lose Early Lead, Fall 4-2 to Catholic University
SCRANTON, Pa. - Penn State Altoona softball took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning during Saturday's game against top-seeded Catholic University, but the #2 seed Lady Lions were overcome on the scoreboard and lost 4-2 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Region Softball Tournament at Pacers Field.
Kelly Chambers (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) hit a two-out, two-run home run to left field in the top half of the first inning to give her team the early advantage.
Chambers' home run, her 10th of the season, ties a single season Penn State Altoona softball record. She now shares a spot at the top of the single season home runs category with former Lady Lions catcher Erin Cline, who hit 10 home runs in the 2010 season.
But Catholic used the long ball to strike back in the bottom half of the inning when Taylor Stockinger led off with a solo home run to left-center that cut Penn State Altoona's lead to 2-1.
Nina Curto helped the Cardinals take a 3-2 lead in the third inning. Her RBI double to left-center tied the game, and she came around to score on an illegal pitch.
Allie Cain's two-out RBI single down the left field line added an insurance run to Catholic's lead.
Penn State Altoona was unable to rally, losing their first game of the tournament.
The Lady Lions will face #4 seed Neumann University tomorrow, Sunday, May 13, in an elimination game at 10:00 AM. The winner of that contest will play Catholic at 12:00 PM and -- because of double-elimination rules -- must defeat them twice to win the championship.
Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman first baseman Kelly Chambers hit a two-run home run in the first inning on Saturday against Catholic University.
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