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Lady Lions Sweep Hilbert in Home Opener




3/29/2015 — ALTOONA, Pa. - Penn State Altoona softball picked up a sweep of Hilbert College in the Lady Lions' Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opener and first home games of the 2015 season at Stewart Athletic Field on Sunday afternoon, topping the Lady Lions 15-1 and 8-0.

In game one, Raychel DeArmitt (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) pitched a complete game to pick up her sixth victory of the season. In five innings, she struck out 10 batters and allowed no earned runs while scattering five hits and walking three. DeArmitt helped her own cause by going 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple and a run batted in.

Kelly Chambers (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) went 2-for-2 with a home run, three RBI, and three runs scored. Clarissa Keller (Spring Mills, PA/Penns Valley) hit 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI, and two runs scored.

Penn State Altoona jumped on Hilbert early, plating three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Keller scored on an error and Colleen Meehan (Yardley, PA/Notre Dame) stole home as part of a double steal to make it 2-0, and an RBI double from Dani Leibowitz (Malvern, PA/Conestoga) increased her team's lead to 3-0.

The Lady Lions broke things open with an eight-run second inning. After DeArmitt led off the frame with a triple to left, Keller drove her in with a base hit to center. Later in the inning, Chambers launched her AMCC-leading fifth home run of the year, a three-run shot to center that put Penn State Altoona up 7-0. A wild pitch brought Lily Glunt (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) home for her team's eighth run of the game, and RBI hits from Summer Feathers (Altoona, PA/Altoona) and DeArmitt brought two more runs across. Ala Miller's (Muncy, PA/Muncy) RBI sacrifice fly upped the home team's advantage to 11-0.

After Hilbert put its first run on the board in the top of the third on Rachel Collier's RBI single to left-center, the Lady Lions came back with four more runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Shannon Moore (Garnet Valley, PA/Garnet Valley) scored on a wild pitch, and Mackenzie Strubhar (Harrisburg, PA/Lower Dauphin) followed with a run-scoring single through the left side. Jessica McClenahan (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte) and Feathers each added RBI groundouts later in the inning to make it 15-0.

Penn State Altoona received another strong performance in the circle during game two, as Kate Burge (Philipsburg, PA/Philipsburg-Osceola) spun a one-hit shutout for her third win of the season. In five innings, Burge struck out seven batters and walked only one.

Chambers went 2-for-3 with four RBI, and Keller was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI.

Meehan and Miller each added 2-for-2 performances at the plate for the Lady Lions.

Penn State Altoona again struck early, putting two runs on the board in the bottom of the first. Keller stole home on a double steal for her team's first run, and Chambers' groundout to first brought another run across.

The Lady Lions doubled their lead in the second on RBI hits from Keller and Chambers.

In the fourth, Penn State Altoona scored four more runs to make it 8-0. An RBI hit to second by Keller opened the scoring in the inning, and Chambers' single up the middle drove in a pair. Kelsey Emeigh (Warriors Mark, PA/Tyrone) drew a walk with the bases loaded to account for the Lady Lions' final run.

With the wins, Penn State Altoona improves to 10-7 overall and 2-0 in the conference. The team continues its AMCC homestand with a doubleheader against Franciscan University this Wednsday, April 1 at 3:00 PM.

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