State takes WVC softball title
VIENNA, W.Va. - Amy Eggleston surrendered no earned runs and scattered five hits to lead West Virginia State past Fairmont State 3-1 in the championship game of the West Virginia Conference softball tournament Saturday at Vienna.
The Yellow Jackets also secured the league's automatic bid to next week's NCAA Atlantic Region tournament.
Fairmont State needed to defeat the Jackets twice Saturday to claim the title. The Falcons forced a second game after snapping State's 15-game winning streak with a 4-1 win earlier in the day.
Eggleston was named all-tournament and MVP after earning three wins during State's tourney run. The Yellow Jackets' Desiree Griffin, Sydney Kaplan, Sara Pelegreen and Sabrina Schouten were also named to the all-tournament team.
Freshman came up big for State when it counted most. Kaplan, a freshman from Cabell Midland, doubled in a run in the fourth inning of the second game to give the Yellow Jackets the lead for good at 2-1.
Freshman Dee Dee Loftis, a former all-state player from Sissonville, drove in another run in the fifth on a fielder's choice to give the Yellow Jackets some cushion. Loftis coaxed a bases-loaded walk in the third to give State a 1-0 advantage.
Fairmont State tried to rally in the seventh as Carly Mundie reached on an error. The Falcons' Sissy Stubbs doubled to center, putting runners at second and third with one away, but Eggleston induced a popup and a groundout to end the game.
State's Hannah Griffith pounded out two hits from the leadoff position in the second game and Mattie Best added a pair of hits.
Courtney Iacobacci's run-scoring double knotted the game at 1-all in the bottom of the third for Fairmont State. Chelsea Cobb, a former South Charleston standout, took the loss for the Falcons, allowing three earned runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
In the earlier game, the Falcons jumped on top 2-0 on Carly Mundie's two-run single. Sabrina Schouten's RBI single in the fifth cut State's deficit to 2-1, but Fairmont State pushed its lead to 4-1 with two runs in the sixth.
Giffith went 2 for 3 for State in the first game and Schouten knocked in a run. Cobb earned the win in the first game for the Falcons, yielding one run on five hits. Cobb, Iacobacci and Holly Frampton earned all-tournament honors for Fairmont State.