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KENT, Ohio, April 4, 2001- The Penn State softball team was swept in a doubleheader at Kent State, 9-1 and 5-2. Game one was called after five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule. The Nittany Lions are now 19-15 overall.
Freshman Marisa Hanson (Victoria, Texas), who pitched an outstanding game against No. 12 Iowa on Saturday, went five innings and gave up 11 hits in the first game. Penn State could put together just two hits in the fifth inning to tally its only run. Freshman Barbie Pierce (Citrus Heights, Calif.) drove in the Lions' only run of the game, while sophomore Megan Humphrey (San Diego, Calif.) knocked out the only other PSU hit.
Penn State committed four errors in just five innings in the loss, as the Golden Flashes went on to win easily.
The Lions were limited to just two hits in game two, as well, but fared better keeping Kent State within reach, 5-2.
Penn State score two runs in the top of the third inning to take a 2-1 lead, but KSU responded by scoring four runs in the bottom of the inning to jump out ahead, 5-2. An error by the Kent State defense and a hit bu senior Karen Gulini (Easton, Pa.) led to two-Penn State runs in the inning. But the Golden Flashes capitalized on a Penn State error and went on to score four runs in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead.
The Lions were outhit again, 10-2, with sophomore Erin Norton (Orange, Calif.) each tallying the team's only other hit.
The Lions are back home this weekend to take on conference opponent Illinois. Penn State will play a single game on Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m. and a game on Sunday, April 8 at 12 p.m.