Four Teams Advance to Final Day of NEAC Softball Tournament

Four Teams Advance to Final Day of NEAC Softball Tournament

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – After five games on Saturday, four teams remain in the hunt for the 2017 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Softball Championship as Penn College and Wilson College suffered elimination on day two.

Game 3: Penn State Berks 10, Penn College 2 (5 innings)

Boxscore / Recap (Courtesy of Penn State Berks)

Penn State Berks opened the game in the bottom of the first by manufacturing a run without a hit to take an early 1-0 lead before plating four runs in the bottom of the second. Penn College responded with a pair of runs in the third before the Nittany Lions put the game away with five in the fifth to earn the 10-2 victory.

Ashley Malek (Bethlehem, Pa.) led Penn State Berks with four RBIs while Becca Faust (Royersford, Pa.) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Penn College’s Kassie Winters (Sayre, Pa.) drove in both runs for the Wildcats.

Jessica Rozick (Bensalem, Pa.) earned the win in the circle, allowing three hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Amanda Kustanbauter (Muncy, Pa.) suffered the loss after surrendering four earned runs in two innings of work for Penn College.

Game 4: Keuka College 7, Wilson College 2

Boxscore / Recap (Courtesy of Keuka College)

Keuka College set a new program record by defeating Wilson College, 7-2, to earn its 26th win of the season. Jessie Hammers (Wayland, N.Y.) and Samantha Blum (Niskayuna, N.Y.) each drove in a pair of runs for the Wolves. Shannon Johnson (Wyantskill, N.Y.) went 2-for-2 and scored two runs in Keuka’s win while Colleen Mooney (Endicott, N.Y.) earned her 16th win of the season.

Kayla Sullenberger (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and Jenna Knable (Clear Spring, Md.) each drove in a run in the loss for the Phoenix.

Game 5: Cazenovia College 9, Penn College 1 (6 innings)

Boxscore / Recap (Courtesy of Penn College)

Cazenovia College plated four runs in the top of the first, setting the tone for the rest of the game as the Wildcats cruised to a 9-1 win in six innings against Penn College. With the loss, Penn College was eliminated from the tournament and ends the season with a 21-12 record.

Kelsey Schuette (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored for Cazenovia. Chelsie Thomas (Central Square, N.Y.) also picked up two hits and two RBIS in the win. Cazenovia pitcher Jessica Keller (East Northport, N.Y.) allowed five hits and one run with three strikeouts. In addition to her work in the circle, Keller also contributed at the plate by going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

Game 6: Penn State Abington 5, Wilson College 3 (9 innings)

Boxscore / Recap (Courtesy of Penn State Abington)

Wilson College opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Kayla Sullenberger (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) doubled to center field, scoring Raechelle Hilbish (Summerdale, Pa.). Later in the inning, Sullenberger came around to score on an RBI single by Alison Shockey (Greencastle, Pa.). The Phoenix added another run in the bottom of the second to extend their lead to 3-0.

Penn State Abington fought back in the top of the sixth when Caitlin Brasier (Levittown, Pa.) drilled a two-run home run over the center field fence. Two batters later, Isabel Hoch (Philadelphia, Pa.) hit a solo home run to tie the game at 3-3.

The game remained tied until the top of the ninth when Breanna Lineman’s (Philadelphia, Pa.) RBI triple scored Brasier. Lineman scored on a ground-out by Hoch to give the Nittany Lions a 5-3 advantage.

Becca Dougherty (Churchville, Pa.) went the distance for Penn State Abington, striking out six to earn the win. Wilson’s Megan Potter (Hagerstown, Md.) struck out eight batters in the loss.

With the loss, Wilson College was eliminated from the tournament and closes out the year with a 26-14 record.

Game 7: Penn State Berks 9, Keuka College 0 (6 innings 

Boxscore / Recap (Courtesy of Penn State Berks)

The regular season champions from each division battled through five scoreless innings until Penn State Berks put up nine runs in the bottom of the sixth to earn the win and a chance to play for the conference championship on Sunday.

Ashley Malek (Bethlehem, Pa.) went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored for Penn State Berks. Becca Faust (Royersford, Pa.) added two hits and two RBIs for the Nittany Lions. Keuka’s Mickenzie Palmer (Horseheads, N.Y.) picked up both of the Wolves’ hits in the loss. Penn State Berks starter Jessica Rozick (Bensalem, Pa.) struck out four in the complete-game shutout.

Sunday’s schedule will open with Cazenovia College versus Penn State Abington at 9 a.m. The winner of that game will play Keuka College at 11 a.m. in game nine. Penn State Berks will await the game nine winner for the NEAC Championship game at 1 p.m.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf).  The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis.  For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.