KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Keuka College Softball team defeated Penn St.-Berks 6-4 on Sunday afternoon to win the 2016 North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament Championship.
Keuka College (19-12) will now wait for the field of 62 to be announced to see their matchup in the NCAA Tournament. It will be the seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament for Keuka College. Every appearance happened in the past 10 seasons. The selection show will be shown on NCAA.com at 1pm on Monday.
Penn St.-Berks threatened in the top of the first inning. They loaded the bases with no one out. The Nittany Lions lined it to first base and Alysha Bachman caught it and tagged the runner out for a quick double play. Starting pitcher Liz Warren got a popout to second base to end the inning.
Penn St.-Berks got a two-out hit of their own in the top of the second that tied the game at 2-2.
The combo of Palmer and Warren connected again in the third. Palmer singled through the left side of the infield to reach first with one out. The next batter, Warren, hit her second home run of the game, sending it flying over the left field fence.
Later in the inning, Allyson Muller and Jessica Parmiter both singled for Keuka. Freshman Janessa Vaadi pinch hit for Keuka and ripped a double to the left field fence. She was thrown out going for the triple, but both runs scored giving the Green and Gold a 6-2 lead after three.
Once again, the Nittany Lions responded in the top of the fourth. The South Player of the Year Jenna Heffner hit a two-run home run for Berks to narrow Keuka's lead to 6-4.
In the sixth inning, Head Coach Jamie Burke called upon her bullpen, turning the game over to Brianna Bush. The junior answered the call. She retired Berks 1, 2, 3 in both the sixth and seventh innings. Bush got the final batter to ground out to second base as Keuka College defeated Penn St.-Berks to win their seventh conference championship in school history.
Bush needed just 17 pitches to get the final six outs of the game. For the weekend, she pitched 10 innings and allowed just two earned runs. Bush had one win and one save in earning the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament MVP.