PSU Altoona falls in Div. III tourney

SALEM, Va. – The Penn State Altoona softball team exited the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament on Friday morning when it suffered a 9-1 loss at the hands of host school Roanoke College at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex.

Roanoke, the fifth seed in the Salem Region bracket, bounced back from a deficit to score nine unanswered runs.

Penn State Altoona broke a scoreless tie to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Brittany Smith reached on an error to lead off the inning. Two batters later, Clarissa Keller singled through the left side to drive in Smith.

But the Maroons’ offense, which was limited to just one hit through the first three innings, awoke in the bottom of the fourth. After a leadoff double, Hollee Warlitner tied the game with an RBI single to center. Later in the inning, Kelly Higbie’s bunt single brought in another run to make it 2-1.

Roanoke added two more runs to its lead in the fifth on Alea Bier’s RBI single and Warlitner’s run-scoring groundout.

In the sixth, the Maroons invoked the eight-run rule when they plated five runs to go ahead 9-1. Morgan Wood’s pinch-hit, two-run single opened the scoring in the inning. Leona Rainey’s base hit up the middle brought in two more runs, and Warlitner’s bunt hit advanced the game-ending run to home plate.

Raychel DeArmitt made a solid start in the circle, giving up three earned runs through five innings of work. She struck out five batters and did not issue any walks.

Penn State Altoona ended its season with a 27-12 overall record.

Mounties beaten

ERIE – The Penn State Behrend baseball team defeated Mount Aloysius, 11-2, in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament.

With the win, the Lions (29-10) will now play for the AMCC Championship this morning.

Behrend got on the board early with one run in the first and three in the second to take command. Matt Bittner came through with a two-out RBI single in the first, giving the Lions a 1-0 lead.

In the second, Taylor Overby ripped a two-run double to add to the advantage. Overby eventually came around to score to put Behrend up, 4-0.

The Lions went scoreless in the third and fourth innings but erupted for six runs on seven hits in the fifth. Evan Bukowski and Bittner drove in runs on back-to-back plate appearances. With two outs, Jordan Weinzierl swatted a two-run single to center. Overby and Ryan Kragnes also added two-out RBI singles to cap the scoring with the Lions holding a 10-0 lead.

The Mounties answered with two in the sixth, but it was not nearly enough to catch Behrend.

Behrend will try to win its fifth AMCC championship today against the winner of La Roche and Mount Aloysius. The Redhawks and Mounties elimination game was suspended in the top of the seventh due to inclement weather with La Roche leading, 10-1. The completion of the game will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the winner facing the Lions approximately 30 minutes after the final out.

Lady Lions eliminated

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Penn State softball team’s run at the Big Ten tournament came to an end as third-seeded Minnesota earned a 4-0 win in the quarterfinals at Bowlin Stadium.

The 11th-seeded Nittany Lions (16-34) advanced out of the first round with a 5-2 victory against No. 5 seed Illinois Thursday.

Seniors Lauren Yao and Shannon Hutchinson accounted for both of Penn State’s hits against the Golden Gophers (34-16). The squads combined for just five hits in the clash.

Second-year hurler Marissa Diescher (1-7) started the game for Penn State, allowing three earned runs on just three hits through 4.1 innings of work. Freshman Macy Jones relieved Diescher in the fifth and retired all five batters she faced while striking out one Gopher.

The game marked the final contest for Penn State’s six seniors, including first-team All-Big Ten center fielder Cassidy Bell.