RECORDS: #7 Judson College (21-24) | #8 Penn State Beaver (19-18)
LOCATION: Firestone Stadium – Akron, Ohio
IN BRIEF: Today's game was a pitcher's duel. Judson's starting pitcher Sarah Lippeatt threw seven innings, and allowed just 3 hits in route to a 2-1 victory over Penn State Beaver. The win keeps them alive to face a second win-or-go-home game later today.
HOW THEY SCORED: Judson got on the board in the third inning on a Katie Speer double. Katie Glover scored after leading the inning off with a double to left center. Beaver responded with their first and only run with a Vanessa Jackson single to right field with bases loaded. Judson's Lippeatt worked out of the jam, stranding three Beaver runners on base in the third.
In the seventh inning, Tiffany Watson led off with a walk. With one out, Erin Harrison laid a sacrifice bunt to advance Watson to second. This led to Judson's hot hitter at the plate, Speer, who had the Eagle's only RBI on the day. Speer delivered, smacking a single up in the middle to give Judson a 2-1 lead. Lippeatt retired the first Beaver three batters in the bottom of the seventh to secure the victory.
BEHIND THE BOX SCORE: Beaver's Jackson gave up six hits, two earned runs, and struck out three Eagle batters. Judson committed no errors, and Beaver had just one on the day.
NEXT UP: Judson College will face the loser of the #5 Penn State Brandywine vs. #1 St. Mary of the Woods game this afternoon. Beaver will play the loser of the #9 UC Clermont vs. #5 SUNY Canton game to battle for eighth place in this year's national championship.