Spring 2014 Softball: PSU Hazleton
April 3, 2014
Arika Stopper recorded the win in game one allowing only three hits
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Freshman Arika Stopper (Williamsport) pitched a seven-inning gem to lead the Pennsylvania College of Technology softball team in its split with Penn State Hazleton Thursday. Stopper won game one 6-0 allowing only three hits with six strikeouts. Hazleton’s bats came alive in game two winning 7-3. With the split, Penn College is now 4-6 overall and 1-1 in the Penn State University Athletic Conference.
In the opener, the Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 5-0 lead capped off by a bases loaded triple from freshman Macie Lucas (Reedsville). Sophomore Delaney Blubaugh (Waynesboro) tacked on another run with an RBI single in the fourth.
Blubaugh ended the game 2-2 with a run in addition to the RBI.
Stopper got the offensive support as Penn College totaled 12 hits. Sophomore Katie Kratzer (Lynch Station, Va.) led the effort with three hits, two runs and two RBI. Freshmen Jessica Gmerek (Bellefonte) and Brittney McHugh (Frederick, Md.) added two hits each.
In game two, Hazleton plated two in the first off of a hit and two walks. They made it 4-0 in the second capitalizing on a hit and error. In the third, Gmerek cut the lead to three hitting in sophomore Nicole LoFurno (Glen Mills) who singled.
LoFurno ended the game with two hits and two runs.
Three straight errors allowed the Lions to get another run in the fourth. Kratzer made huge play in left to save some runs taking a fly ball and gunning out a runner at home to end the inning.
After Hazleton scored another run in the sixth, the Lady Wildcats tried to make a comeback scoring on RBI hits from Kratzer and sophomore Karey Wolfe (Milton). Hazleton made a pitching change and was able to get out of it for the win.
Freshman Brianne Brewer (Jersey Shore) recorded the loss allowing four runs in two innings. Sophomore Kimberly Walter (Beavertown) came in relief allowing two earned runs off seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. Stopper finished the remaining 2/3 of the game with a strikeout.
As a team, the Lady Wildcats totaled nine hits. Sophomore Alexandra Brennan (Saint Clair) was 2-2. Errors were an issue for the team as they committed five in the game.
Next up, Penn College hosts Penn State Schuylkill on Saturday, Apr. 5 for a noon doubleheader.