Fourth-seed Allegheny Headed to NCAC Title Game after Win over Wittenberg
May 3, 2013
Greencastle, Ind. - Fourth-seeded Allegheny scored four runs in the fifth and three in the seventh and advanced to the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament championship game with an 8-1 win over second-seeded Wittenberg.
The Gators improved to 20-17 and play at Noon tomorrow, needing just one win to win the tournament title. Wittenberg dropped to 21-12 and plays in Saturday's 10 a.m. elimination game against the winner of the DePauw-Kenyon game.
The Gators took a 1-0 lead in the second on Katirna George's leadoff homer to center. Wittenberg knotted the score in the fourth when Loren Combs led off with a walk and moved to second on Shannon Lance's sacrifice bunt. Combs stole third and scored when Laura Rose lifted a sacrifice fly to center.
Nicole Rodi led off the Allegheny fifth with a single and pinch-runner Sophia Katz came home when Maureen Pallone hit her second homer of the day, this one to left. Allie Landowski then walked and Julia Williams replaced Rachel Ross in the circle. Sadie Stuart's sacrifice bunt moved Landowski to second and Stephanie Fort doubled her home. Fort then scored when Halea Hayden reached on an error.
The Gators added three more in the top of the seventh and closed out the game in the bottom half of the frame.
Belle Mazurik led Allegheny with two of its six hits, while three different Tigers had one hit each.
Caitlin Nealer, who threw a four-hit shutout in the day's first game, allowed just three hits and struck out six in improving to 17-13. Ross dropped to 16-5 with the loss.