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March 12, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. - In the second game of the Judi Garman Classic Penn State fell in a close game to Texas, 3-2. Penn State is now 8-9 on the season while Texas improves to 19-7.
Texas threatened early with runners on first and third and two outs in the second, but freshman pitcher Lisa Akamine (Escondido, Calif.) difused the situation as Brittany Barnhill struck out looking. Penn State responded in its half of the inning with two on and one out, but a pop fly and a strike out retired the Lions.
Penn State threatened to score in the top of the fourth as senior center fielder Sam Hovanec (Pittsburgh, Pa.) reached on a fielder's choice. She advanced to second as the Longhorn infield made a play at first and moved around to third on a wild pitch. The inning ended on a pop fly to the catcher.
The Longhorns scored first in the bottom of the fourth as Nadia Taylor connected on a rise ball and sent it over the left field wall scoring Kori Cook in the process with one out. Texas later extended its lead in the fifth as Desiree Williams hit a solo home run over center field making the score 3-0.
Penn State answered in the top of the sixth with two outs. Senior first baseman Danielle Kinley (Carlsbad, Calif.) had previously reached on a walk and Hovanec followed taking her second pitch of the day. With two on and two outs, senior second baseman Kayce Zielinski (Arlington, Texas) placed a single in left center to score Kinley. A throwing error allowed Hovanec to score as well before the Lions were retired with a strike out., but Penn State was right back in the game bringing the score to 3-2.
Freshman catcher Danee Collett (Orange, Calif.) had a leadoff single in the top of the seventh and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior third baseman Shana Madura (Slate Hill, N.Y.). But the Longhorns got the next two outs they needed with a fly out and a strike out to end the game.
Akamine fanned five batters in six innings of work for the loss. She is now 3-4 in the circle. The Nittany Lion offense left six runners on base.
The Nittany Lions will continue the Judi Garman Classic tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. ET against the No. 3 Washington Huskies. Fans can follow the action live via Gametracker at www.GoPSUSports.com.