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Mt Aloysius Softball Wins First AMCC Championship!

Posted on: May 6, 2018

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Erie,PA- The Mount Aloysius Softball team beat #1 seeded Penn State-Behrend for the second time in as many days to win the programs 1st AMCC Conference title. The 6-3 victory also gets them a birth in the NCAA Tournament.

The Mounties fell behind early, but battled back and used a trademark big inning to take the lead. After allowing two runs in the first two frames, the Mounties put up 5 runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Catcher Lydia DeFazio led off the inning with a single. The next batter Bri Benscoter dropped down a sacrifice bunt, but was able to reach 2nd when the Behrend pitcher threw the ball away down the first base line. DeFazio would then score on a wild pitch, and after Karly Klein also reached on an error, outfielder Kara Pisczek singled through the left side of the infield to tie the game. The Mounties successfully used a double steal to score the go ahead run and Kate Little put an exclamation point on the inning with a double to the the left center gap. She was knocked in a batter later on a Kayla Hopkins RBI single to finish the scoring.

Penn State Behrend attempted a rally in the next inning, but Hannah Ruby was able to get out of a bases loaded no out jam only surrendering one run. She would dominate from there, allowing 2 hits over the last four innings to seal the Mounties victory. The later inning performance included a stretch where Ruby retired 5 straight batters on only 5 pitches. The Mounties tacked on a security run in the 6th when Kate Little singled up the middle to score Klein.

Ruby picked up her 11th win of the season scattering 6 hits over the 7 innings, allowing 1 earned run. Ruby was named to the All-Tournament Team as she picked up 4 wins, threw 25 innings allowing 2 earned runs for a 0.56 era. She was joined on the all tournament team by catcher Lydia DeFazio and centerfielder Courtney Link. Defazio hit .363 for the four games, including a 2 for 3 performance in the title game. She also caught all 29 innings the Mounties played. Link hit .416 while playing a perfect center field.

The Mounties record sits at 21-13 for the year. They will learn their next opponent during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show. The show can be viewed from the NCAA website  starting at 10:00 AM tomorrowMonday May 7th.

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