May 21, 2010

By Dan Myers
Special to NCAA.com


EAU CLAIRE, Wis.-DePauw scored six runs on five Ithaca errors en route to a 6-3 victory in Friday's first quarterfinal at the NCAA Division III softball championships at Carson Park.

Ithaca (34-14) took advantage of three first-inning walks by Megan Soultz, scoring one run on an RBI double by Molly O'Donnell and two more on an infield error to go ahead 3-0. But a pair of baserunning gaffes by the Bombers may have limited the damage, as Kaitlin Dolan was picked off second base and Jennifer Biondi was thrown out trying to advance to second following an error by first baseman Ashlee Anton.

DePauw (40-7) got on the board in the top of the fourth, turning a walk and an error into a run to make it 3-1.

From there, the Tigers chipped away, loading the bases in the top of the fifth, and using a walk and a pair of errors to chase Bombers' senior pitcher Alyssa Brook from the game. Another Ithaca error, its fifth of the afternoon, made it 3-2, but pitcher Brittany Lillie coaxed a pair of groundouts to get the Bombers out of the jam with the lead still intact.

On the afternoon, Brook pitched 4 1/3 hitless innings, allowing two unearned runs while striking out three.

DePauw managed its first hit of the game on Amy Hallett's bloop single to right to lead off the sixth inning. A sacrifice bunt moved Hallett to second before Haley Buchanan tied the game with a hit to center. Cymone Allen followed with a single to right field and Rachel MacBeth ripped a single to right that slipped under the glove of right fielder Alyssa Guzman, allowing both Buchanan and Allen to score and giving the Tigers their first lead of the day at 5-3. MacBeth advanced to third on the play, and scored on Jen Kosinski's infield single.

Soultz settled down after the first inning, shutting down the Bombers the rest of the way. She allowed three hits and struck out one, earning her 29th victory of the season.

The Tigers will play the winner of the