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Neumann's Extra Innings Win Eliminates Lady Lions from ECAC Tournament

Neumann's Extra Innings Win Eliminates Lady Lions from ECAC Tournament


SCRANTON, Pa. - Entering the seventh inning of Sunday's game with #4 seed Neumann University, #2 seed Penn State Altoona softball clung to a 1-0 lead. But the Knights tied the game and came back to defeat the Lady Lions 5-3 in nine innings at Pacers Field in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Region Softball Tournament.

With the loss, Penn State Altoona was eliminated from the tournament.

Christina Stathes (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) led all hitters with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, and Jackie Smith (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

In the circle, Smith pitched a complete game for the Lady Lions, pitching all nine innings. Only one of the five runs she yielded was earned.

The Lady Lions broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning on Smith's two-out RBI double to left that scored Ala Miller (Muncy, PA/Muncy).

But in the top of the seventh, Neumann advanced a runner into scoring position with two outs and capitalized when Megan Williams tied the game at 1-1 with her RBI single to center.

The Knights scored two more runs in the eighth when Allie White plated a run with her single and another run scored on a wild pitch.

But the Lady Lions rallied by responding with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning to keep the game going. Brittany Smith's (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) infield single to shortstop scored a run, and Kelly Chambers (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) came up with a big two-out hit on her game-tying RBI single to right.

But Neumann came back for two more runs in the ninth to make it 5-3, and this time Penn State Altoona was unable to tie the game.

The Lady Lions finished 2012 with a 33-12 overall record, marking the most wins in a single season by any Penn State Altoona varsity team in athletics program history.

Photo: Penn State Altoona sophomore third baseman Christina Stathes led all batters with three hits in Sunday's loss to Neumann University.

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