Spring 2014 Softball: PSU New Kensington
April 28, 2014
The Lady Wildcats have now won eight straight games
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Winning its seventh and eighth straight games, the Pennsylvania College of Technology softball team swept Penn State New Kensington 7-1 and 11-1 on Monday. Freshmen Brianne Brewer (Jersey Shore) and Arika Stopper (Williamsport) recorded the wins in the games while sophomore Rachael Shaeffer (Hampstead, Md.) went 6 for 7 (.857) with seven RBI and three runs to lead the offense. With the wins, the Lady Wildcats improve to 14-12 overall and 10-4 in the Penn State University Athletic Conference.
In the opener, Shaeffer hit an RBI double in the first to put Penn College up early. The Lady Wildcats scored another run in the inning off an error making it 2-0.
New Kensington cut the lead to one scoring a run off of two hits in the fourth. Five runs in the fifth from the Lady Wildcats put the game out of reach. Shaeffer and sophomore Kimberly Walter (Beavertown) put up the big hits in the inning each notching two RBI.
Shaeffer finished the game 3 for 4.
Brewer recorded the win allowing an earned run off of three hits in five innings of work; she recorded four strikeouts. Stopper came in relief for the final two innings allowing only one hit with three strikeouts.
Penn College totaled eight hits with sophomore Katie Kratzer (Lynch Station, Va.) 3 for 4 with two runs.
In game two, Shaeffer did some more work at the plate hitting a two-RBI single to right field to put the Lady Wildcats up 2-0 in the first. Two more runs came in the second off of an error and a sacrifice fly from sophomore Karey Wolfe (Milton).
New Kensington threatened in the third loading the bases with one out, but Stopper got out of the jam with a strikeout and ground ball.
Sophomore Delaney Blubaugh (Waynesboro) capped off a three-run third with an RBI triple. Four more runs in the fourth including a two-run triple from freshman Jessica Gmerek (Bellefonte), ended the game early. New Kensington plated a run in the fifth but it was too little to make a comeback.
Blubaugh finished the game with two hits.
The Lady Wildcats totaled 10 hits with Gmerek 3 for 3 with three runs and two RBI with Shaeffer adding three hits to the mix.
Next up, Penn College travels to Penn State Brandywine on Tuesday, Apr. 29 for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.