April 3, 2012

Lady Barons Run Into Hard-Hitting Altoona

ALTOONA, Pa. – Penn State Altoona put on an offensive display against the Franciscan University Lady Baron softball team as the Lady Lions accounted for 15 extra-base hits as part of a 33-hit, 43-run doubleheader. Franciscan fell 20-0 to Altoona in game one and 23-3 in game two.   

"They are a terrific, terrific team," Lady Baron head coach Terry Leighty said of Altoona, which now sits at 20-2 overall on the year and 6-0 in conference play. "We had nine girls, and Amanda (Ruwart) had to pitch both games. The kids could have quit in the second game, but we scored three runs because the kids were patient at the end. We walked away with a positive." 

However, Altoona's talents did not stop at the plate. Pitcher Allison Stugart threw a perfect game for the Lady Lions in game one, and Brooke Morningstar and Stugart combined for a no-hitter in the second game. 

"I was talking to Altoona's coach (Fred Caldwell), who is in his fifth year there, and it took him that long to build his program. We know we're working toward that, and we're moving in the right direction. It just takes some time," Leighty said.

The Lady Barons are off until after the Easter holiday when they host La Roche College on Wednesday, April 11, for DPS Penn Day. Game times are scheduled for 3 and 5 p.m.

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