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Caldwell, Chambers Reach Milestones in Doubleheader Sweep of Saint Vincent
4/25/2013 — LATROBE, Pa. - Thursday afternoon's doubleheader against non-conference opponent Saint Vincent College included two big milestones for Penn State Altoona softball. Head coach Fred Caldwell reached his 100th victory, and sophomore first baseman Kelly Chambers (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) became the team's all-time home run leader.
The Lady Lions defeated Saint Vincent 7-2 in game one and 7-3 in game two. The team's first win marked Caldwell's 100th victory. In his fourth year at the helm of the softball program, Caldwell has posted win totals of 21, 25, 33, and now 21 and counting this season. His assistant coaches, Laura Cunningham, Jessica Bilko, and Jeff McNelis, have also been integral parts of the team's success over the past four years.
Chambers' record-breaking home run came in the top of the third inning when she hit a three-run blast to right-center field, giving her team a 4-0 lead. The home run moved her past former Lady Lion Erin Cline and into first place on the program's all-time list with 17. In the second game of the doubleheader, Chambers hit another home run to add to her record.
Summer Feathers' (Altoona, PA/Altoona) RBI double made it 5-2 in the fourth inning. Alamaria Miller (Muncy, PA/Muncy) advanced a run home with her RBI groundout later in the frame, and Brittany Smith (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) scored on a wild pitch to put Penn State Altoona up 7-2.
Hannah Jackson (Troy, PA/Troy) pitched a complete game win for the Lady Lions, going seven innings and recording nine strikeouts while allowing two earned runs.
In game two, a wild pitch helped Saint Vincent take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. But Smith's two-run double put Penn State Altoona up 2-1 in the top of the third.
Maria Adams' RBI single up the middle tied the game 2-2 in the bottom half of the third, and Sam Shumaker's RBI double gave the Lady Bearcats a 3-2 lead in the fourth.
But Chambers put Penn State Altoona ahead with one swing of the bat in the sixth, hitting a two-run homer to right-center to make it 4-3. Her second home run of the day was the 18th of her career.
Later in the inning, Miller drove in a pair with her base hit up the middle that gave the Lady Lions a 6-3 advantage.
Lily Glunt (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) added an RBI single in the seventh to give her team a 7-3 lead.
Cassondra Ross (Port Matilda, PA/Bald Eagle) made a strong start in the circle, pitching a complete game. In seven innings, she allowed two earned runs while striking out five batters.
Smith had a team-high four hits for Penn State Altoona in the doubleheader, going 4-for-7 with a double, two RBIs, and three runs scored.
Chambers finished the day with three hits in six at-bats, two of which were home runs. She added a double and collected five RBIs while scoring three runs.