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Oneonta Hangs on to Eliminate Lady Lions from NCAA Tournament
5/10/2014 — ITHACA, N.Y. – Penn State Altoona softball was ousted from the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament on Saturday afternoon when SUNY Oneonta hung on for a 3-2 victory at Ithaca College’s Kostrinsky Field.
In her final collegiate game, Brittany Smith (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Kelly Chambers (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) was 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, and Colleen Meehan (Yardley, PA/Notre Dame) batted 1-for-2 with a double.
Kate Burge (Philipsburg, PA/Philipsburg-Osceola) started in the circle for the Lady Lions and went 3 1/3 innings, yielding three runs. Raychel DeArmitt (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) tossed 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Oneonta, the third seed in the regional bracket, grabbed an early lead and nursed it throughout the rest of the game. The Red Dragons got two runs in the bottom of the first inning on back-to-back RBI doubles from Traci Lichtenstein and Marlene Cuevas. In the third, Brianna Rivera’s two-out RBI single extended Oneonta’s lead to 3-0.
Penn State Altoona’s bats began to wake up midway through the game, and the team finally cashed in during the top of the sixth inning. One batter after Smith led off the frame with a base hit, Chambers sent a pitch over the right-center field fence to put the Lady Lions on the board, 3-2.
Penn State Altoona threatened to complete its comeback attempt in the seventh inning, getting two runners on base with one out. But Oneonta turned a game-ending double play to escape with the victory.
Oneonta starting pitcher Sabrina DeAngelis threw seven solid innings for the Red Dragons, limiting the Lady Lions to five hits.
Penn State Altoona ends its season with a 29-11 overall record. The team won its second consecutive Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship earlier this month to earn the automatic qualification for the NCAA postseason.
Photo: Penn State Altoona junior first baseman Kelly Chambers connects on a pitch to hit a two-run home run during the sixth inning of Saturday’s NCAA Tournament game against SUNY Oneonta at Ithaca College’s Kostrinsky Field.