Kutztown moves to regional final
Derr matches school record with 27th win of season
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Kutztown shut out fifth-seed West Virginia State 3-0 in Game 3 of the NCAA Atlantic 1 Regional on Saturday at North Campus Field.
With the win, the Golden Bears (47-4) advanced to the regional final. The Golden Bears are currently ranked third in the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) Top-25 Poll.
Kutztown recorded its 20th shutout of the season against the Yellow Jacket (46-13). West Virginia State fell into the elimination bracket.
Samantha Derr was spectacular Saturday, improving to 27-2 on the season after appearing in her first game in more than a week. Her 27 victories are tied for the school record for wins in a season. Additionally, Derr recorded her 11th shutout which is second on the KU single-season pitching chart. She finished with two strikeouts against the Yellow Jackets.
“It was a little frustrating at first because I couldn't find my groove,” Derr said. “But when my defense backed me up and stayed behind me, that's when I started to settle down. After we scored, it made it a little bit easier to pitch considering the last time we played them we only won 1-0.”
After a two inning pitching duel between KU and WVSU, it was Kutztown who struck first to get on the board.
In the top of the third with one out, Jackie Hetzler singled to right field and stole second to put the Golden Bears in scoring position. Kelly Strittmatter used a hit to center field to advance Hetzler to third. Strittmatter stole second and, after the second out, Kutztown found its drive to start a two-out rally. Heather Hannum capitalized off an infield single to score Hetzler, giving KU the 1-0 lead. With runners at first and third, Katie Lynch singled to left field to score Strittmatter, allowing Kutztown to take the 2-0 advantage.
After a three up, three down inning for West Virginia, Kutztown returned in the fourth inning to finish where it left off. This time it was the bottom of the lineup that contributed as Maria Isgro led off with a triple. With one out, Morgan Booth doubled to left field, extending the lead to 3-0.
West Virginia State tried to start a rally in the bottom of the seventh after it used two hits and a KU error to load the bases. However, Kutztown's defense remained solid and closed the game after Sabrina Schouten popped up to left field.
Poppey Ramey was 2 for 3 for West Virginia State. Sara Pelegreen took the loss for the Yellow Jackets. She is now 17-7 on the season.