LHU Softball: Caupto’s walk-off highlights Day 3 at the PFX Tournament

(LHU SPORTS) Jersey Shore graduate and LHU softball player Becca Caputo is greeted by her teammates prior to a NCAA softball game.

CLERMONT, Fl. – Becca Caputo (Williamsport, Pa./Jersey Shore) hit a 2-run walk-off single to left field give the Lock Haven University softball team (5-7) a 4-3 win over Hillsdale (4-11) as LHU went 1-1 on the day at day three of the PFX Tournament in Clermont Fl. Earlier in the day, The Bald Eagles fell to Fairmont State (5-6) 3-0.

Game 1: L, 3-0

The Bald Eagles fell in the first game of day three, 3-0 to Fairmont State.

Faith Ceely (Troy, Pa./Troy) and Mikayla Ruppert (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) tallied hits for LHU in the game.

Kayla Gee (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock) pitched well for the Bald Eagles, going the distance while allowing eight hits and striking out four.

Game 2: W, 4-3

Lock Haven got off to a fast start, grabbing a quick 1-0 lead when Ruppert drilled a shot to right center for a base hit that scored Ceely in the bottom of the first inning.

In the fourth inning, LHU executed a double steal to perfection as Bree Hilty (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain) grabbed the attention of Hillsdale while Casey Carpenter (Moscow, Pa./North Pocono) raced home and scored as Hilty stole second base to give the Haven the 2-0 lead.

Hillsdale was able to rally and knot the game up at 2-2 in the seventh inning to send the game to extra innings. HC was then able to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth.

The 3-2 deficit set up Caputo’s heroics.

With runners on second and third, Caputo drilled a fastball through the left side of the infield that scored both runners and sent LHU into a frenzy as they grabbed the 4-3 win in dramatic fashion.

Ruppert led the way offensively, going 3-4 at the plate with an RBI. Caputo finished up 2-4 with two RBI’s while Ceely ended 2-4 with two runs scored.

Carpenter, Hilty and Rachel Gricoski (Frackville, Pa./North Schuylkill) all tallied hits for the Bald Eagles.

Bekah Slattery (Douglasville, Pa./Daniel Boone) was dominant on the mound, throwing all eight innings while allowing just four hits and striking out 12.

Up Next:

Lock Haven will have the team’s off day today and will return to the field Friday, March 15 when they take on Holy Family at 11:45 AM before playing Sioux Falls at 2:00 PM.

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