The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

May 15, 2013

Tech in fifth-place game in USCAA


From Staff Reports

AKRON, Ohio — The WVU Tech women’s softball team remained in contention on the second day of the 2013 USCAA Softball National Championships at Firestone Stadium.

In what is also known as the 2013 Small College World Series, the Golden Bears defeated host Penn State Beaver 5-1 in a losers’ bracket game Tuesday morning. On the opening day, third-seeded Tech had lost 5-4 to Lindenwood-Belleville before bouncing back for an 11-5 conquest of Penn State Mont Alto.

Tech then lost 7-3 to Iowa Wesleyan on Tuesday afternoon, relegating the Bears to a fifth-place game against the Carlow/Ave Maria loser.

According to reports on www.theuscaa.com, the Bears scored two runs in the top of the fourth and three more in the top of the fifth to get the cushion they needed against Penn State Beaver.

Katie Campbell (two doubles) and Jacki Wood (one double) each collected two hits and drove in a pair of runs to pace Tech.

Kat Lively also registered a two-hit game, and Megan Blythe had a run-scoring two-bagger.

Wood earned the pitching win, yielding just three hits and fanning four in 5 2/3 innings. Bridgett Goss got the save in relief.

In the win over Penn State Mont Alto Monday, Tech plated four runs in both the second and third innings to take control.

Goss had three hits and drove in four runs, and Lively (homer), Blythe and Genna Trippett (three base hits) knocked in two runs apiece.

Wood had three hits at the plate and pitched the first four innings before giving way to Goss, who collected the win.

In the loss to Lindenwood-Belleville, Tech’s foe built up a 4-0 lead before Tech rallied. The Bears got RBI singles from Blythe and Stephanie Nickell to even it at 4-all in the fifth, but the Lynx scored the go-ahead run off an RBI single by Samantha Pacheco in the seventh.

In the late game Tuesday, Iowa Wesleyan built up a six-run lead en route to the conquest of Tech.

Taylor Norman had an RBI single for Tech’s first run.