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Penn State softball: Nittany Lions avenge loss to Texas A&M, sweep doubleheader

Marlaina Laubach pitched 71/3 innings of one-hit ball as Penn State avenged a lopsided loss Friday against Texas A&M with a 4-3 triumph in eight innings at the Aggie Classic on Saturday.

Earlier Saturday, the Nittany Lions (6-3) bounced Missouri State 6-1.

Penn State, which lost 8-0 in five innings against Texas A&M on Friday, got off to another terrible start as Marissa Diescher hit more batters than she got out. She hit three batters and walked two more as the Aggies scored twice without the benefit of a hit. Laubach (1-0) entered and was nearly unhittable. She allowed one hit, struck out four and walked four.

Penn State took a 3-2 lead in the third as Macy Jones drew a bases loaded walk, Alyssa VanDerveer had an RBI grounder and Kristina Brackpool smacked a RBI single. The Aggies tied it on an unearned run in the third and the game stayed that way until the top of the eighth.

VanDerveer was placed at second as to start the inning as part of the international tiebreaker rule. She was still there with two outs until Erin Pond lifted a fly ball that was dropped by the Aggie first baseman.

Laubach got to infield fly balls sandwiched around a walk before ending the contest with a strikeout.

In the opener, Penn State used the longball to bounce Missouri State (5-3). The contest opened with a bang as Brackpool cracked her third home run of the season, a two-run shot in a three-run inning.

Leading 4-0, the Nittany Lions tacked on in the fourth as Jones blasted a two-run homer.

Lexi Knief and Brackpool each had three hits, while Jones notched two. Freshman Jessica Cummings (1-2) allowed four hits and a run over five innings for her first collegiate win.