D-III Opening Night Notebook: In The Presence Of Royalty
May 21, 2010
By Dan Myers
Special to NCAA.com
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Kelly (Schade) Fry formerly of Simpson College threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Division III softball championships on Friday. Fry, considered by many to be the greatest pitcher in Division III history, was a member of two national championship teams and set seven single season or career pitching records, three of which still stand.
WEATHER OR NOT: The weather Friday was cloudy and cool -- with temperatures in the low 60s and on-and-off showers. That's a far cry from what Sunday's weather is expected to be: upper 80s with sunshine and high humidity.
COMING HOME: Bombers graduate assistant coach Jill Janke is a former University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugold. Janke's home run in extra innings in the 2008 National Championship game was the difference for Eau Claire as they won the title over intrastate rival UW-Whitewater.
MISCELLANY: DePauw's victory over Ithaca should be considered a minor upset: The Bombers are the top overall seed in the tournament. ... The last time Eau Claire hosted the Division III championship tournament in 2002, Ithaca won the national title. ... Linfield's victory was its 26th consecutive, and the team has been on the road for almost two straight weeks. "Hopefully we can stick it out for a couple more days," said head coach Jackson Vaughan. ... Christopher Newport was the third team of the day to jump ahead by a 3-0 score -- and the first team that did so to hold on for the win. ... Moravian was the fourth team of the day to jump out to a 3-0 lead, and the third team to lose after doing so.