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NCAA Div. II Championship: Lock Haven Offense Explodes, Lady Eagles Force “If Game”

SALEM, VA – Lock Haven belted out six hits, three of them home runs, as the Lady Eagles posted a run-rule 8-0 victory in five innings over North Georgia in the first semifinal matchup on Sunday afternoon at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex. Lock Haven’s win forces the “if necessary” game, which will take place at approximately 4 pm today. 

The winner of this afternoon’s rematch between North Georgia (50-4) and Lock Haven (49-6) will advance to Monday’s Championship Game. 

Lock Haven came out firing in the bottom of the first inning. Kristin Erb drew a one-out walk, which was followed by three straight home runs from Ilia Lopez, Amanda Roosa and Erica Eisenbise to help the Lady Eagles sprint out to an early 4-0 lead. 

The Haven added another four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, when North Georgia ace Sarah Phillips issued four straight walks to Amanda Gutmaker, Brittany Muthard, Nancy O’Connor and Julia Popovich before she was replaced by Trisha Snider. Snider allowed two hits, to Sarah Norris and Erb, to make the score 8-0 before retiring Roosa to end the inning with Lock Haven leading 8-0. 

That was more than enough offense for Erb, who extended her NCAA record for career strikeouts to 99 with the victory. Erb struck out six and was twirling a no-hitter until North Georgia’s Kasey Knight became the only baserunner of the game with a one-out single in the fourth inning. Erb is now 48-5 on the season. 

North Georgia’s Sarah Phillips loses just her second game of the season and is now 39-2. She pitched three innings, striking out one, walking five and allowing eight earned runs on four hits.