AKRON, OH – The St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) softball dropped their opening round game at the 2012 United States Collegiate Athletic Association Softball National Championships, falling to #3 Spalding University, 4-0.
The loss snaps #6 St. Joseph's (26-11) nine-game winning streak, but the Lady Bears still remain alive in the double-elimination tournament and will face #7 Penn State Beaver at 8 pm in an elimination game.
Spalding starter and USCAA All-American honorable mention Rena Philpot kept the Lady Bears off the board striking out 14 and limiting them to two hits on the game. At the plate, Philpot went 2-for-3 with a RBI and was named Player of the Game.
The Golden Eagles got on the board early, knocking three hits in the first inning to post two runs off four-time USCAA All-American Alyson Chiaramonte (Staten Island, NY/Moore Catholic). Spalding tacked on two insurance runs in the fifth and the Lady Bears could never get their bats going against Philpot.
Chiaramonte (17-7) went the distance and took the loss for St. Joseph's, giving up four runs (all earned) on eight hits, striking out four and walking one.