Behrend Softball Blunders Cost AMCC Title
Penn St Behrend softball was trying to win its fourth straight conference championship Sunday. However, an error-filled second inning cost the Lions as they fell to Mount Aloysius 6-3 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Final.
Penn St Behrend had to beat Medaille earlier in the day to just reach the finals after the top-seeded Lions lost to Mount Aloysius Saturday 3-2. They were able to accomplish that with a 1-0 victory behind junior AJ Nichols three-hit shutout.
The Lions got the final started with a bang as freshman catcher Mackenzie McIntire hit a solo home run to give Penn St Behrend the lead. The Lions added another run in the top half of the second to get out in front 2-0.
However as they did a day earlier, the Mounties found a way to get to Nichols who was started for a second straight game. Two errors in the second started a five-run inning to put Mount Aloysius ahead 5-2.
"i JUST THINK OUR PITCHING WAS GETTING A LITTLE TIRED AND WE HAD TO MAKE A FEW CHANGES DEFENSIVELY SO WHERE NOT USED TO IT," SAID PENN ST BEHREnD HEAD COACH ASHLEY GRUBER. "THEY WORKED HARD, THINGS HAPPEN. THEY WERE PUTTING THE BALL IN PLAY HARD AND THAT'S JUST KIND OF WHERE IT GOES."
AJ NICHOLS WAS REPLACED AFTER JUST 1.1 INNINGS OF WORK AND GIVING UP FIVE RUNS.
"sHE JUST HAD A GOOD FIRST GAME, A LOW PITCH COUNT SO WE JUST FIGURED WE WOULD TRY TO GO WITH THAT AND SEE WHERE IT TOOK US," SAID gURBER.
Penn St Behrend CUT INTO THE DEFICIT WITH A RUN IN THE TOP OF THE THIRD, HOWEVER AFTER THAT, THE BATS UNABLE TO TO FIND ANSWERS FOR mOUNT ALOYSIUS SOPHOMoRE PITCHER hANNAH RUBY.
BEHREND FINISHES AS RUNNER-UP IN THE CONFEReNCE.
"They're definitely a family, said Gruber. "they work hard together and you know they just enjoy their time here. every last pitch they'll work and they wanted it."
Penn St Behrend now awaits to here if they will receive an ECAC tournament bid to continue postseason play.