LOCK HAVEN — If you can’t finish first, many say that the next best place to be is in second place.

That is what was in the cards for the Bloomsburg University softball team as the Huskies went 1-1 Saturday, downing Kutztown 2-0 before dropping a 3-0 verdict to Lock Haven in the finals of the PSAC Championships.

“Again we were not swinging the bats well early,” said Bloom coach Jan Hutchinson after the win over Kutztown. “But we were able to do what we needed to get the first run across, and to get the second one was really big going into the last inning because it gave us a 2-run lead.”

The first game featured a pitchers’ duel between Bloomsburg’s Ashley Lynn and Kutztown’s Katlin Arbogast.

When the issue was finally decided, Arbogast didn’t figure in the decision. Lynn was the winner, with the loss going to Kutztown reliever Monica Glomb. Lynn worked the complete game, scattering seven hits over the nine innings. Again her control was outstanding, not issuing a single walk while striking out a half dozen.

Having faced the Golden Bears numerous times before this year, Lynn knew what she had to do to keep their bats silent.

“This was our fifth time playing them this year, so we knew each other pretty well,” said Lynn. “I knew they were good hitters and (Steph) Denlinger hit home runs off of me the last two times. I just tried to keep the ball close to the plate, but not on it, hoping that when she hit the ball we would be able to make a play on it.”

After wading through eight scoreless innings, the Huskies put things together to win it in the ninth.

Lacy Mauro led off with a single and moved to second on a bunt single by Mandy Koch.

After Glomb retired two Huskies batters, Tiff Corliss singled to left with Mauro avoiding the tag with a textbook slide for the game’s first run.

“Basically I just wanted to see the ball a little longer,” explained Corliss. “My first three at-bats, I wasn’t seeing the ball well, so this time I wanted to see the ball, hit the ball.”

As for Mauro’s slide, it was a matter of reading the Kutztown catcher.

“I was just running hard, coach (Hutchinson) didn’t stop me so I just kept running,” explained Mauro. “I saw the catcher moving a little bit to her left, so I just went to her right and made her reach a little bit. Luckily I was able to slide and get in there.”

With Bloom holding the 1-0 lead, the Huskies picked up an insurance run when Kayleen Sidisky singled to left, driving Koch home for the 2-0 lead.

In the championship game, the Huskies fell behind early when Amanda Roosa drilled a 2-run home run in the first inning and the Eagles never looked back.

Although Kristin Erb, who tossed a perfect game at the Huskies earlier in the tournament, was again in complete control, the Huskies had more success in making contact with the ball.

“We felt a little more comfortable today than yesterday, but that is why we wanted to get back to them today, to see her (Erb) a little bit more,” said Hutchinson. “Hopefully next weekend (in the regionals) we will see them again and if that happens, we hope to get even a little bit better than we were today. We had a chance to score, but it didn’t happen.”

The next step for the Huskies will be Thursday through Saturday when they participate in the regional tournament with a berth to the NCAA championships at stake. Kutztown will be the host school for this year’s regional tournament.

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