Bald Eagles’ postseason comes to end vs. West Liberty

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. — The Lock Haven University softball team’s remarkable two-week run in the postseason came to end Saturday in the 2019 NCAA Division II Tournament as the Bald Eagles bowed out of Atlantic Region 1 against West Liberty, 8-2, in an elimination game.

The loss ends Lock Haven’s season with a 32-19-1 record.

The game actually started Friday at 7 p.m. but was suspended due to darkness. In all, the Bald Eagles played a 15-inning opening game Thursday, an 11-inning game Friday against Shepherd and this game with West Liberty that stretched over two days.

Lock Haven went 1-2 in the Atlantic Region tournament.

West Liberty plated five runs in the bottom of the third and led 6-1 after three innings. The Bald Eagles got another one back as Bekah Slattery singled home a run to make it 6-2.

Saturday’s action picked up in the top of the fifth. Casey Carpenter drew a walk from the lead-off spot, but West Liberty responded with three straight outs.

In the bottom half of the fifth, Slattery, the 2019 Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Year, returned to the circle to pitch. In the bottom of the fifth, West Liberty scored two runs on two hits and stretched the lead to 8-2.

In the sixth, Lock Haven threatened with runners at second and third with two outs, but relief pitcher Taylor Bonnett got a key strikeout and ended the Bald Eagle rally.

In the top seventh, looking to rally for the final time, the Bald Eagles put runners on, but just couldn’t fire up one last rally and plate the runs they needed.

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