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Softball Brings Out the Brooms Against La Roche
BOX SCORE (GAME 1)
BOX SCORE (GAME 2)
4/9/2014 — PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State Altoona softball earned its second Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader sweep in as many days, winning 13-7 and 7-3 at La Roche College on Wednesday.
In game one, Kelly Chambers (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) posted a 3-for-5 performance at the plate, including hitting a pair of doubles. She had one run batted in and scored two runs.
Gina Ricci (Garnet Valley, PA/Garnet Valley) was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBI.
Amanda Brennan (Jefferson Hills, PA/Thomas Jefferson) was also 3-for-4, scoring one run and collecting one RBI.
Penn State Altoona opened the game by grabbing a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Clarissa Keller's (Spring Mills, PA/Penns Valley) RBI single to center started the scoring, and her stolen base baited a La Roche throw to second base that allowed Chambers to advance to home from third. Ricci's RBI double plated her team's third run of the frame.
An error and a sacrifice fly allowed the Lady Redhawks to get two runs back in the bottom of the first, narrowing the score to 3-2.
Raychel DeArmitt (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte), who started at pitcher for the Lady Lions, helped her own cause in the third with an RBI single to left.
But La Roche's three-run fifth inning put them up 5-4. Kara Sainato's RBI single preceded Kaylee Zozos' two-run home run that put the home team ahead by one.
The Lady Lions answered with an eight-run sixth inning to jump back into the lead. Brittany Smith (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) got the inning started with an RBI base hit to right, tying the game 5-5. Two more runs came home on a Chambers double and a Ricci single to put the Lady Lions up by two. Allie Simpson (Port Matilda, PA/Bald Eagle) drew a bases loaded walk to get another run in, and a pair of La Roche errors helped three more Penn State Altoona runs score to make it 12-5.
Brennan's RBI single in the seventh added to her team's lead, expanding it to 13-5.
Zozos knocked her second home run of the game -- a two-run shot -- in the bottom of the seventh, but the Lady Lions still prevailed by six runs.
DeArmitt threw a complete game, improving her record to 11-2 on the year.
In game two, Chambers again led the way at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBI.
Lily Glunt (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) was also 2-for-4 with a double, scoring two runs and recording one RBI.
Keller batted 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Penn State Altoona constructed a 7-0 lead through four innings.
In the top of the first, Ricci's infield single brought a run in to put the Lady Lions on the board. Run-scoring doubles from Chambers and Brennan were part of a three-run third inning, and RBI hits from Glunt, Chambers, and Keller made it 7-0 by the fourth.
La Roche scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Penn State Altoona hung on for the win.
Kate Burge (Philipsburg, PA/Philipsburg-Osceola) tossed a complete game and did not give up any earned runs, improving to 6-4 this season.
With the wins today, Penn State Altoona softball ups its record to 19-6 overall, including 8-2 in the AMCC. Next for the Lady Lions is a home doubleheader with another conference school, D'Youville College, this Friday, April 11 at 1:00 PM.
Notes: Junior outfielder Ala Miller (Muncy, PA/Muncy) led off the top of the sixth inning in game one with a triple to right field, moving her into sole possession of first place on the Penn State Altoona softball program's all-time triples list with eight...With her RBI total from Wednesday's games, Chambers became the first player in program history to reach 100 RBI in a career...Glunt surpassed the 100-hit mark for her career in Wednesday's doubleheader, finishing the day with 102 career hits.
Photo: Penn State Altoona junior Kelly Chambers led the Lady Lions on the day with five hits, including three doubles, to go along with three RBI.