May 13, 2005

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Junior shortstop Jennifer Winters (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) tripled home sophomore centerfielder Lindsay Spaziani (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) with one out in the bottom of the 10th to lift No. 3 seed Le Moyne to a 2-1 win over sixth-seeded New Haven in the NCAA Division II Softball Northeast Regional at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex. The Dolphins (40-9) meet No. 2 seed Caldwell (40-10) at noon Saturday for the right to play top-seeded C.W. Post (39-11) in the regional finals.

After Spaziani singled in the tenth, Winters lined a triple past New Haven rightfielder Jennifer Michels (Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck) into the right field corner to score the game-winning run.

Freshman pitcher Sarah Reed (DeWitt, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) pitched the final one and 1/3 innings of scoreless, hitless relief to earn her third win of the tournament for the Dolphins. Sophomore southpaw Martha Senko (Pine City, N.Y./Elmira Free Academy) limited the Chargers (30-17) to four hits and one run over the first eight and 2/3 innings. She struck out eight and walked three over that span.

New Haven got on the board first with one run in the top of the sixth. Junior Lisa Ramos (Swansea, Mass./Bishop Connolly) singled and scored on a two-out base hit to right by Samira Ibrahim (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon).

The Dolphins answered in the bottom half of the inning. Reed reached on an infield single and scored on Kristi Edmunds' (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse-Minoa) double to the wall in left.

Lisa Flow (Holley, N.Y./Kendall) gave Le Moyne a chance to win it in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff double. She advanced to third on Emma Murphy's (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse-Minoa) sacrifice bunt, but New Haven pitcher Elina Colon (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) induced two infield outs to get out of the jam.

Le Moyne, ranked 23rd in the latest NFCA poll and winners of two of the last three regional championships, has won 40 games for the second time in program history. To advance to the NCAA Championships in Salem, Va., the Dolphins will have to win three consecutive games over the next two days.

No. 2 seed Caldwell, a 2-1 loser to top-seeded C.W. Post in Friday's winners' bracket final, edged Le Moyne 2-0 on Thursday. The Cougars (40-10) square off with Le Moyne at noon Saturday for the right to meet C.W. Post in the 2:30 p.m. championship. If the Caldwell/Le Moyne winner beats C.W. Post on Saturday, the final game of the tournament will be played on Sunday at noon.

Tournament updates are available at http://www.lemoyne.edu/athletics/softball.asp and boxscores will be posted at http://www.lemoyne.edu/athletics/softball/ncaa_regional.asp, the Le Moyne athletics hotline will post game information and any weather delays at (315) 445-4410 ext. 2.

-- Courtesy Le Moyne