ERIE - A sixth-inning rally by the Penn State Altoona softball team propelled the Lady Lions past Mount Aloysius, 10-5, Sunday in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship at Penn State Behrend.
The victory gave Penn State Altoona its second AMCC title in program history. It also marks the second consecutive conference championship won by the team, as the Lady Lions defeated Pitt-Bradford last season for the title.
Clarissa Keller went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the winners. Teammates Amanda Brennan and Colleen Meehan each went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Kelly Chambers delivered with a three-run home run.
Raychel DeArmitt worked six innings to secure the win, her AMCC-leading 16th of the season. DeArmitt allowed just two earned runs while striking out five batters.
Kate Burge tossed a perfect seventh inning to close out the game.
The second-seeded Lady Lions trailed 5-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning before scoring seven runs to break the game open. It marked the third straight time in as many tournament games that Penn State Altoona assembled a late-inning rally to pull out the victory.
Mount Aloysius broke a scoreless tie in the third by scoring three runs. Lindsy Sammarco and Jalisa Westover had RBI singles, and a Lady Lion error allowed another run to score.
Penn State Altoona came back with three runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. Brennan's two-run doublegot her team on the scoreboard, and she later scored on a passed ball to make it 3-3.
The Lady Mounties got runs in the fifth and sixth innings to reclaim the lead. In the fifth, a Penn State Altoona error allowed Chelsea Engeholm to score. In the sixth, Engeholm's RBI single made it 5-3.
In the sixth, Meehan's base hit scored two to tie it at 5-5. A Mount Aloysius throwing error advanced Gina Ricci to home, putting the Lady Lions on top by one. Brittany Smith's RBI infield single made it 7-5, and Chambers delivered her three-run shot to set the final.
With the win, the Lady Lions (29-9) receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament, which begins Thursday. The team will find out over the next few days where it is playing and who it is playing.