Spring 2014 Softball: PSUAC Playoffs/Championships @ Hess Field, Penn State University #6 PSU Brandywine
May 2, 2014
The Lady Wildcats will take on the victor of the loser's bracket at 4 p.m. on Saturday
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Pennsylvania College of Technology softball team opened day one of the Penn State University Athletic Conference Championships with a 2-0 sweep to earn a berth into the championship game Saturday. The Lady Wildcats downed No. 6 Penn State Brandywine 10-1 and then followed up with a 2-1 upset over No. 1 Penn State Mont Alto. Freshman Arika Stopper (Williamsport) recorded both victories on the mound that improve the team to 17-12 overall and 13-4 in the PSUAC.
Avenging a sweep from earlier in the season, Penn College struck first against Mont Alto with a run in the fourth off a throwing error to score sophomore Katelyn Wertz (Bernville).
Sophomore starter Kimberly Walter (Beavertown) pitched the first three innings of the game before Stopper came in to finish it. Walter ended allowing only one hit with three strikeouts.
The Lions came back to equalize in the fifth off a sac bunt.
In the top of the seventh, sophomore Samantha Hill (Montgomery) doubled to left center putting Penn College back on top. Stopper quieted Mont Alto’s bats in the bottom of the inning to stamp the team’s ticket to the championship.
Stopper finished with an earned run off two hits with a strikeout. The Lady Wildcats totaled four hits in the game.
Against Brandywine in the day’s opening game, Stopper pitched a five-hit complete game striking out 13. She got run support in the third when sophomores Karey Wolfe (Milton) and Alexandra Brennan (Saint Clair) hit back-to-back RBI hits making it 2-0.
Wolfe ended with three hits while Brennan had two.
Brandywine scored its lone run in the fourth off an error to cut the lead in half. The Lady Wildcats plated four runs in the fifth for some breathing room that included a two-RBI double from freshman Jessica Gmerek (Bellefonte).
Wolfe, Gmerek and sophomore Rachael Shaeffer (Hampstead, Md.) finished the run tally in the sixth with RBI singles putting it out of reach.
As a team, Penn College totaled 14 hits with Shaeffer and Hill each notching two.
The Championship match is set for a 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 with the Lady Wildcats taking on the victor of the loser’s bracket.