|Penn State Beaver||UM-Presque Isle|
LOCATION: PONY Field at Firestone Stadium – Akron, Ohio
IN BRIEF: It took extra innings in an exciting elimination game, but Penn State Beaver stayed alive and ousted the University of Maine Presque Isle 3-2 Monday evening. Maine was eliminated and suffered two extra inning losses on the day.
HOW THEY SCORED: Scoreless through the first three innings, Maine took the lead with two runs in the fourth. Sarah Packard led the inning with a triple and scored on Nicole Marucci’s double. Marucci then scored on an Ariel Williams single to left field.
Beaver chipped away, though, getting one run in the fifth on a Jenna Petrucci groundout. The sixth inning would go scoreless, and in the bottom of the seventh, Beaver struck again. It started with with a Lacey Weible double. Vanessa Jackson followed suit with a double of her own, driving in Weible. The scored stayed tied at 2-2 going into extra innings. The Beaver defense shut Maine down in the top of the eighth. Brittany Zahn laid a sacrifice bunt down to advance Dina Cable. Cable then scored on an errant throw by the Maine shortstop Jordi Legassie. Beaver won 3-2.
BEHIND THE BOX SCORE: Beaver’s Jackson went 3-4 with 1 RBI. Eight Beaver batters had at least 1 hit or more in the game. Maine’s Emma Cogan went 3-4. Beaver starting pitcher Jackson went the distance, pitching 8 innings and striking out 10 Maine batters. Maine starter Packard took the loss in 7.1 innings pitched. She had two strikeouts and gave up two earned runs.