Spring 2014 Softball: Alfred State College
April 10, 2014
The Lady Wildcats lost by only one run in both games
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Pennsylvania College of Technology softball team lost two, one-run games to Alfred State College Thursday. The team lost 3-2 in the first and then 8-7 in an extra-inning second. The Lady Wildcats had a tough day at the plate totaling only seven hits between the two games. With the sweep, Penn College is now 5-7 overall.
In the opener, after two scoreless, Alfred struck with two runs in the third with a clutch single up the middle with two outs. The Lady Wildcats responded in the bottom of the inning as sophomore Nicole Lo Furno (Glen Mills) stole third base and then scored on the errant throw to make it 2-1.
The Pioneers tacked on another drawing a bases loaded walk off of sophomore starter Kimberly Walter (Beavertown). Freshman Brianne Brewer (Jersey Shore) came in after and notched the strikeout to end the inning.
Walter ended the game throwing 4 2/3 allowing three earned runs off of six hits with two strikeouts.
With the team’s last at bats in the seventh, freshman Macie Lucas (Reedsville) hit a triple to right field and scored on sophomore Alexandra Brennan’s (Saint Clair) ground out to second making it 3-2. Alfred’s pitcher Ashlynn Nickerson got out of the jam to give her team the win.
As a team, Penn College totaled three hits to the Pioneers’ six.
In game two, Alfred State once again scored first with three off of four hits in the second. The Lady Wildcats brought it to within one in the top of the third scoring two off of RBI hits from Lo Furno and sophomore Karey Wolfe (Milton).
The Pioneers responded in the bottom of the inning with three runs ending starter Brewer’s day. She allowed five earned runs off of eight hits while striking out two.
Alfred State committed two errors in the fourth to allow the Lady Wildcats to plate a run making it 6-3. They tied it up in the sixth off of two errors and an RBI from Brennan. In the eighth, with the international tie-breaker rule in effect, Penn College manufactured the run with sophomore Rachael Shaeffer (Westminster, Md.) moving sophomore Samantha Hill (Montgomery) over with the a sac bunt. Hill scored on the next pitch, a passed ball.
After the Pioneers got out the inning, they opened the bottom with a single to put two on base. A sacrifice fly and walk-off single sealed the fate of Penn College of the loss. Freshman Arika Stopper (Williamsport) recorded the loss in relief pitching 4 2/3 with an earned run off of two hits with three strikeouts.
For the game, the Lady Wildcats totaled four hits.
Next up, Penn College hosts Penn State Mont Alto on Sunday, Apr. 13 for a noon doubleheader.