After a thrilling late-inning victory on Friday, Penn State softball returned to action on Saturday in the second game of a three-game series against Purdue. The dramatics returned in game two, as the Lions needed 12 innings to down the Boilermakers and earn the series win. Kylee Lingenfelter led the way for the Lions, pitching eight perfect innings in relief.
Kylee Lingenfelter locks down win for Lions
After several scoreless frames, Purdue struck first with a home run in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead. However, Penn State answered right back in the top of the fifth with a sacrifice fly from Maggie Finnegan that scored Lydia Coleman.
The game remained knotted at one run through the next seven innings. Pitcher Kylee Lingenfelter, who relieved Bailey Parshall in the fifth inning, remained perfect through the 11th inning. After several missed opportunities, the Lions were finally able to capitalize in the top of the 12th inning. Finnegan singled up the middle and advanced to second on an error. Emily Maddock sacrificed bunted to move Finnegan to third. Lexie Black then worked a four-pitch walk, putting runners on the corners. Kaitlyn Morrison finally broke the stalemate with a two-run double that gave Penn State a 3-1 lead.
Purdue was kept scoreless in the bottom of the 12th, and Penn State softball escaped with a 3-1 victory, and the series win. In total, Lingenfelter pitched eight perfect innings, not allowing any baserunners and striking out seven.
What’s next for Penn State softball
With this win, Penn State softball gained a winning record in conference play at 11-10, putting them in fifth place in the Big Ten. The Lions, who have now won five straight games against conference opponents, are trending in the right direction as the season comes to a close. With the regular season finale against Purdue on Sunday, a series sweep could go a long way toward improving Penn State’s seeding for next week’s Big Ten tournament.
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