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Softball Goes 1-1 in First Day of Florida Trip

Softball Goes 1-1 in First Day of Florida Trip



3/4/2017 — KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Penn State Altoona softball opened its week in the Central Florida Rebel Spring Games on Saturday with a 5-2 comeback win over Simpson College and a 3-0 loss to #16 Coe College at the Osceola County Softball Complex.

"I'm really happy with our first day against some top competition. In the first game, we showed the 'never quit' attitude to come back and win that game against a perennial powerhouse," said Penn State Altoona head coach Joe Merilli. "In the game versus Coe, we played all freshmen and sophomores, and they really held their own against a top team."

Penn State Altoona (1-1) used a five-run sixth inning to rally for a victory in its season opener against Simpson (1-4).

Kate Burge (Philipsburg, PA/Philipsburg-Osceola) pitched a complete game for the Lady Lions, going seven innings and allowing only one earned run along with six hits and three walks. The righty struck out two batters.

Jenna Myers (Garnet Valley, PA/Garnet Valley) led the Lady Lions at the plate, going 2-for-3. Burge was 1-for-3 with a double, two runs batted in, and one run scored.

Ashley Allen's RBI single to left-center in the top of the first gave Simpson the game's first run. Taylor Davis' groundout brought in another run in the third inning to make it 2-0.

Penn State Altoona's offense awoke in the bottom of the sixth inning, aided by three Simpson errors. Lauren O'Donnell (Beccaria, PA/Moshannon Valley) led off the inning with a base hit, Haley Giedroc (Howard, PA/Bald Eagle) reached on an infield error, and Kelsey Bristol (Troy, PA/Troy) loaded the bases with a single to left. After an out, Burge ripped a two-run double to left to tie the game 2-2. Allison Simpson's (Port Matilda, PA/Bald Eagle) sacrifice bunt drove in Bristol to give Penn State Altoona its first lead, and Simpson reached base on another error. Jessica Willits (Jersey Shore, PA/Jersey Shore) hit a sac fly to right to make it 4-2, and after a single from Myers, Simpson scored on an error to give the Lady Lions a 5-2 advantage.

Burge and the Lady Lions put Simpson down in order in the top of the seventh to end the game in victory.

In Penn State Altoona's second game of the day, the Lady Lions took on a nationally-ranked opponent in Coe (3-1), which recently entered the top 25 poll at 16th.

The Lady Lions' lineup was limited to just three hits, courtesy of Bristol, Willits, and Myers.

Penn State Altoona got another strong start in the circle, as Morgan Brumbaugh (James Creek, PA/Tussey Mountain) pitched a complete game and yielded only two earned runs. The left-hander went six innings, allowing nine hits and just one walk to go with one strikeout.

Coe grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, then added another run in the fourth on Mallory McArtor's RBI single. An error in the sixth inning allowed Kasiah Ehresman to score, giving the Kohawks a 3-0 lead.

Penn State Altoona softball is back in action tomorrow, Sunday, March 5. The team takes on Bridgewater College (Va.) at 11:15 a.m. before facing Defiance College at 1:30 p.m.

Photo: Penn State Altoona sophomore Morgan Brumbaugh pitches during the Lady Lions' game against Coe College on Saturday at the Osceola County Softball Complex.

TAGS: women's softball