Akron, OH - The Lady Lions amazing season came to a close on Wednesday afternoon as Penn State Hazleton lost to Briarcliffe College by a score of 1-0 in the fifth place game at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Small College World Series. The Lady Lions out-hit the Bulldogs four hits to two, but were unable to move any runners past second base in a game dominated by pitching and defense.
Briarcliffe College 1, Penn State Hazleton 0
Bottom 5: Hiedi Gomez walks to start the inning for the Bulldogs. After a strikeout by Kayla Rhome, Emily Gomez and Laura Arabito strike the Bulldogs only two base hits of the game, advancing Heidi Gomez to the plate for what would be the game's only score. Rhome would go on to strike out the next two batters to end the inning.
Behind the Box Score:
- Rhome throws an excellent game for the Lady Lions, tossing six strong innings allowing one run on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
- Lyndsey Balder and Heidi Gomez combine to throw seven innings of shutout ball, allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out four Hazleton batters.
- The Bulldogs turn double plays in both the second and third innings to quell the Lady Lion's offense.
- Andrea Quillman's latest hit streak comes to a close at 11 games.
Next Up: With the loss, Hazleton finishes their run in the Small College World Series with a sixth place finish. Four players end their careers in Lady Lion uniforms on Wednesday including Andrea Quillman, Erin Dougherty, Katarina Grupski, and Vikki Ryan. All will be missed as the team heads into the off-season. Congratulations to the players and coaching staff on their first 30 win season in campus history.