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Lady Lions Split Non-Conference Doubleheader at Westminster
BOX SCORE (GAME 1)
BOX SCORE (GAME 2)
4/21/2014 — NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Penn State Altoona softball lost 3-2 in game one of Monday afternoon's doubleheader at non-conference foe Westminster College, then bounced back to earn a 4-1 win in game two to salvage the split.
The Lady Lions were limited to just four hits in the first game of the twinbill, those coming off of the bats of Kelly Chambers (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle), Lily Glunt (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle), Clarissa Keller (Spring Mills, PA/Penns Valley), and Colleen Meehan (Yardley, PA/Notre Dame).
Raychel DeArmitt (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) was saddled with the loss but still posted a strong start in a complete game effort, going six innings and surrendering just two earned runs.
In the top of the first inning, two runs scored for Penn State Altoona on a Westminster throwing error.
But the home team fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth. Amber Forrest's RBI single to center cut the Lady Lions' lead to 2-1, and Kelsey Squelch's bases loaded walk brought in the tying run.
Forrest's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning put the Titans up 3-2, and they set Penn State Altoona down in order in the seventh to seal the victory.
In game two, Brittany Smith (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored, and one run batted in.
Amanda Brennan (Jefferson Hills, PA/Thomas Jefferson) and Jessica Brennan (Tunkhannock, PA/Tunkhannock) each hit home runs for Penn State Altoona.
Kate Burge (Philipsburg, PA/Philipsburg-Osceola) picked up her ninth win of the season in the circle, going seven innings and allowing just one run on five hits and no walks. She struck out five batters.
Westminster grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Burge and the Lady Lions quieted the Titans' bats the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, Penn State Altoona finally broke through to put a pair of runs on the board in the top of the sixth when Amanda Brennan hit a two-run homer to left.
The Lady Lions added some insurance in the seventh with two more runs. Jessica Brennan led off the frame with a home run to left, the first long ball of her collegiate career. Later in the inning, Smith's double down the left field line drove in a run to make it 4-1.
Penn State Altoona softball wraps up the day with a 24-9 overall record. The team returns to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play this Saturday, April 26 for a doubleheader at Pitt-Bradford, beginning at 1:00 PM.
Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman pitcher Kate Burge limited Westminster to one run in a complete game win during game two on Monday.