MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Penn State Altoona freshman Kate Burge made a little history Tuesday morning.
The Philipsburg-Osceola graduate struck out 14 and pitched a perfect game to help her Lady Lions softball team to a 1-0 victory over Bay Path College in the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic.
The gem was the fourth in the history of the program, and her strikeout total tied the Lady Lions’ single-game record.
Burge outdueled Bay Path pitcher Keelin Dougherty, who pitched a four-hitter with three walks at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex.
Bald Eagle Area graduate Lily Glunt had two of those hits, while another former Lady Eagle, Cassondra Ross, had another of those hits and scored the game’s lone run in the third inning. Ross singled, moved to third base on a throwing error and raced home on a double steal.
Burge (1-1), who earned her first collegiate win, struck out seven of the first nine batters she faced, and twice retired the side on strikeouts. She never let a ball leave the infield, with six other outs on infield ground balls and one first-inning pop up to first base as the her only fly ball out. Five Bay Path batters struck out twice, and all of them struck out at least once except for first baseman Anna Meyer.
In three appearances in Altoona’s five games, Burge has a total of 19 strikeouts over 13 1/3 innings with a 0.53 ERA and one save.
Penn State Altoona (4-1) faces Division II Ursuline College and Wesley College on Wednesday.