DUBOIS, Pa. – Arianna Segich (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) led off the game with an inside-the-park home run and No. 2 Penn State Brandywine never looked back, cruising to a 13-1, five-inning victory over No. 1 Penn State Beaver Sunday afternoon in the PSUAC Softball Tournament.
Brandywine, the four-time defending conference champion, will battle Penn State DuBois in a winner's bracket game Sunday night with a spot in Monday's conference title game on the line.
Brandywine racked up its 13 runs on 14 hits topped by three-hit efforts from Maddie Malfara (Ardsley, Pa./Abington) and Fiona Warren (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley). Malfara homered for the second time this season and drove in four runs overall, while Warren added two RBI.
Segich, Nikki Velez (Gloucester, N.J./Gloucester City) and Haley Grossi (Monmouth Junction, N.J./South Brunswick) all recorded two hits for the Lions, who won their 14th-straight PSUAC Tournament game.
Cara Fabiano (Bristol, Pa./Bristol) made quick work of the Beaver hitters, limiting Beaver to one run on two hits to earn her 11th victory. Fabiano fanned three hitters, needing just 68 pitches to get through seven innings of work.
After Segich's leadoff home run, Sullivan added a run-scoring double and scored on an error for a 3-0 Brandywine lead after one. Warren added the first of her two RBI base hits in the third to up the Lions' edge to 4-1.
Malfara launched a two-run home run in the fourth and tacked on a two-run single as part of a seven-run fifth inning for the Lions, who collected six hits during the frame.