DUBOIS, Penn. (MUW Athletics/WTVA) - The Owls softball team advances to the semi-final round of the USCAA Small College World series with Tuesday's 5-0 victory over Penn State University – Hazelton. Owls ace pitcher Madison Scoggin pitched her 14th complete game to improve to 13-4 in her senior season.
Recording their 11th shutout of the 2019 season, The Owls scored in every frame but the second and fifth while keeping Hazelton scoreless.
In the first inning, Heidi Matthew opened the competition with a single to shortstop to take first, then advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bailee Watts. Kristen Martin took first on balls and stoles second as Matthews stole third.
With runners on second and third, Emily Littlejohn grounded out for the RBI, allowing Matthews to score the Owls first run.
Matthews landed another hit in the top of the third and advanced to second on a steal. Watts followed Matthews in the lineup with a single to the shortstop to score Matthews and give the Owls a 2-0 lead.
The W batts lit up in the fourth beginning with a single through the left side from Anna Lloyd. Megan James followed with a single to centerfield. After entering the game as a pinch runner, Mackenzie Harris scored the Owls third run on a triple by Brianna Duquette to increase the lead to 3-0.
Still playing hard offensively, The W scored a run in the sixth and seventh innings on singles by James for a 5-0 victory.
On the mound, Scoggin threw 81 pitches against 25 batters. The Bay Springs, Miss. native sat down six batters on strikes while allowing five hits.
Watts was perfect at the plate with a 3-for-3 appearance for one RBI and one run while Megan James saw a 3-for-4 appearance with two RBIs.
The Owls advance to the semi-finals round of the tournament and will take on the No. 1 seeded Cleary University on Wednesday, May 15. The first pitch is set for 2 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. CT. For the latest on the USCAA Small College World series visit smallcollegeworldseries.com.
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