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Lady Lions Split With Westminster
4/18/2013 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona softball split a doubleheader with non-conference opponent Westminster College on Thursday afternoon at Stewart Athletic Field, winning game one 4-3 in extra innings and falling 3-1 in game two.
Jackie Smith (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg) tossed a complete game in the first half of the twinbill, going nine innings without surrending any earned runs to pick up her eighth victory of the season. She also came up with the game-winning hit for her team in the bottom of the ninth.
Penn State Altoona and Westminster battled through six consecutive scoreless innings before the teams exchanged runs in the seventh.
Kelsey Squelch's RBI sacrifice fly plated the first run of the game in the top of the seventh.
Christina Stathes (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) answered with an RBI single to right in the bottom half of the inning, forcing the game into extras.
Allison Hyradil brought a run home for the Titans in the top of the eighth to make it 2-1, but Penn State Altoona was able to prolong the game when Lauren Bove (Mechanicsburg, PA/Cumberland Valley) scored on an error to tie the game 2-2.
In the top of the ninth, Alexis Sheffer's RBI groundout put Westminster ahead again, 3-2.
But the Lady Lions came up with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to seal the deal. Lily Glunt (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) came home on a fielder's choice to knot the score before Smith laced a walkoff RBI single over the shortstop to give Penn State Altoona a 4-3 win.
In game two, the Lady Lions appeared to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Kelly Chambers (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) hit a two-run home run over the center field fence. However, the play was subsequently changed to a ground rule double and the team came away scoreless.
Glunt's RBI sac fly to left field put the Lady Lions up 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning.
But Westminster was able to plate three runs in the top of the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch, a sac fly, and an error to make it 3-1.
The TItans held off Penn State Altoona over the final two innings to win the night cap.
Chambers and Brittany Smith (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) each went 3-for-6 in the doubleheader to lead the Lady Lions at the plate.
Photo: Penn State Altoona senior pitcher Jackie Smith throws during game one of Thursday's doubleheader with Westminster at Stewart Athletic Field.