DuBOIS — Cleary and Mississippi University for Women both picked up wins in to move to 2-0 in the USCAA Softball Small College World Series Tuesday at Heindl Field.
The day started off with a pair of elimination games, as the opening game brought one of the biggest upsets in the tournament.
In the first game of the day, No. 10 Penn State Brandywine pulled off a 12-4 upset of No. 4 Penn State Beaver, knocking them out of the tournament.
No. 6 Carlow secured a 12-4 victory in five innings over No. 9 Penn State DuBois in the second game of the day as it stayed alive and knocked the hosts out of the tournament.
Next up was a matchup between No. 7 Penn State Hazleton and No. 3 Mississippi University for Women, who came out on top with a 5-0 victory to move to 2-0.
The fourth game Tuesday would determine the other team to advance to the winner’s bracket final, as defending champs and top-seeded Cleary edged No. 5 St. Mary-of-the-Woods College to move to 2-0.
Next up was a meeting between Carlow and No. 2 NHTI, as Carlow was able to avoid elimination for the second time on the day and send the second seed home with a 5-0 win.
In the nightcap, No. 10 Penn State Brandywine became the second team to win two elimination games on the day, as it topped No. 8 Judson 9-3.
Here is a closer look at the five games not featuring Penn State DuBois:
No. 10 PSU Brandywine 12,
No. 4 Penn State Beaver 4
Penn State Brandywine led from start to finish on its way to the eight-run victory to fight off elimination and send home the fourth-seeded Penn State Beaver.
Brandywine took the early lead with two runs in the top of the first, before breaking the game open with five runs in the third.
Beaver got a run in the fourth and three more in the sixth behind a two-run homer by Michelle Cisco, but it was not enough for a comeback.
The 10th seed added a run in the fifth and two more in both the sixth and seventh innings to secure the victory.
Brandywine outhit Beaver 16-7 on the day, as Rachel Cherubini led the way at the plate for Brandywine with a 4-for-5 day with an RBI and two runs scored.
Fiona Warren went 3-for-4 and scored a pair of runs, while Alyssa Sullivan, Morgan Meoli, Nikki Valez and Haley Grossi all added two hits apiece.
No. 3 Mississippi
University for Women 5,
No. 7 Penn State Hazleton 0
The third seed Mississippi University for Women recorded a shut out victory over No. 7 Penn State Hazleton to move to 2-0 and reach the winner’s bracket final today.
The Lady Owls took the early lead with a run in the top of the first, then added one run in each of the third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings to pick up the 5-0 win.
Madison Scoggin secured her second win of the tournament in the circle, pitching seven innings of shutout ball, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out six.
Megan James and Bailee Watts led the way with three hits apiece for Mississippi University for Women, as James drove in two runs and Watts scored once and drove in one run.
Heidi Matthews went 2-for-4 and scored twice for the Lady Owls, as Anna Lloyd also finished 2-for-4 and scored a run.
Madison Clark led Hazleton with two hits in the loss.
Mississippi University for Women will now take on No. 1 Cleary today at 2 p.m. with a spot in Thursday’s title game up for grabs.
No. 1 Cleary 5,
No. 5 St. Mary’s 3
The top seed and defending USCAA World Series champions secured a 5-3 win over ST. Mary-of-the-Woods to earn a spot in the winner’s bracket final today against Mississippi University for Women.
Cleary took the early lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second on back-to-back doubles by Liz Stockert and Hannah Benner.
St. Mary-of-the-Woods responded with a pair of runs of its own in the top of the third, as Hailey Miller delivered an RBI single and Katelynn Kennedy drove in a run on a groundout to tie the game at two.
The Lady Cougars retook the lead for good in the bottom half of the third, as Stockert delivered a two-RBI double to score Kelsi Jacobs and Kaitlin Dormire.
Cleary pushed its lead to three in the fifth inning when Dormire came in to score on a wild pitch.
St. Mary-of-the-Woods got one run back in the seventh when Miller doubled to right to score Jilliann Reese, but its rally ended there as Cleary secured the 5-3 win.
No. 6 Carlow 5,
No. 2 NHTI 0
Carlow was able to fight off elimination for the second time Tuesday by securing a shutout victory over the tournament’s second seed NHTI.
The only runs of the game came in the first and last innings, as the Lady Celtics took the lead right out of the gate with two runs in the first, then scored their other three runs in the seventh.
Annamarie Osiecki came up with the big hit early, delivering you two-RBI single to score Ciara Murray and Adrianna Gottheld to put Carlow in front 2-0.
In the seventh, Tristan Voss singled to score Abby Stroud, before Danielle Levato came through with a two-RBI double to score Morgan Pierce and Sofia Papageorge to bring the final score to 5-0.
In the circle, Stroud pitched a complete-game four hitter, walking none and striking out seven to pick up her second win of the Series.
Carlow will now face St. Mary of the Woods in an elimination game today at 12 p.m.
No. 10 PSU Brandywine 9,
No. 8 Judson 3
Penn State Brandywine used another strong game at the plate to fight off elimination for the second time Tuesday in a 9-3 victory to eliminate Judson.
Just like it did in its first game of the day, Brandywine grabbed the lead in the early going with three runs in the top of the first.
Judson got one run back in the bottom of the frame as the game was 3-1 heading into the third, where Brandywine put up another three spot.
After Judson trimmed the deficit back down to three with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth, Brandywine put the game away with two runs in the fifth and another in the seventh.
Morgan Meoli and Haley Grossi each finished with three hits to lead the Lady Lions at the plate, while Fiona Warren added a pair of hits.
Brandywine had six extra-base hits in the victory, five doubles and a triple, while Judson managed just seven hits, led by two apiece from Carson Beatty and Kaley Patteson.
Alexandra Szpindor pitched a complete game for the Lady Lions, allowing the seven hits and three runs while walking two and striking out a pair to get the win in the circle.
Brandywine will play its third elimination game in a row as it takes on No. 7 Penn State Hazleton today at 10 a.m.