Lady Lions Eliminated from NCAA Tournament With 9-1 Loss to Roanoke
5/10/2013 — SALEM, Va. - Penn State Altoona softball exited the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament on Friday morning when they suffered a 9-1 loss at the hands of host school Roanoke College at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex.
Roanoke, the fifth seed in the Salem Region bracket, bounced back from a deficit to score nine unanswered runs.
Penn State Altoona broke a scoreless tie to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Brittany Smith (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) reached on an error to lead off the inning. Two batters later, Clarissa Keller (Spring Mills, PA/Penns Valley) singled through the left side to drive in Smith.
But the Maroons' offense, which was limited to just one hit through the first three innings, awoke in the bottom of the fourth. After a leadoff double, Hollee Warlitner tied the game with an RBI single to center. Later in the inning, Kelly Higbie's bunt single brought in another run to make it 2-1.
Roanoke added two more runs to its lead in the fifth on Alea Bier's RBI single and Warlitner's run-scoring groundout.
In the sixth, the Maroons invoked the eight run rule when they plated five runs to go ahead 9-1. Morgan Wood's pinch-hit, two-run single opened the scoring in the inning. Leona Rainey's base hit up the middle brought in two more runs, and Warlitner's bunt hit advanced the game-ending run to home plate.
Raychel DeArmitt (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) made a solid start in the circle, giving up three earned runs through five innings of work. She struck out five batters and did not issue any walks.
Keller led Penn State Altoona at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and her team's only RBI.
Kelly Chambers (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) went 2-for-3 in her return to the lineup, extending her team-best hitting streak to 15 consecutive games.
Penn State Altoona softball ends its season with a 27-12 overall record. Their 27 wins rank second-most in program history. The squad won its first-ever Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championship, earning their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Photo: Penn State Altoona freshman outfielder Clarissa Keller went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI against Roanoke on Friday.