Ursinus 2, Staten Island 1

May 14, 2005

WAYNE, NJ (May 14) - Freshman third baseman Sarah Hennessey (Philadelphia, PA/St. Hubert) scored the go-ahead run on a sixth-inning outfield error as fourth-seeded Ursinus posted a 2-1 victory and eliminated fifth-seeded College of Staten Island from the NCAA Division III Softball East Regional on Saturday at Wightman Softball Field on the campus of William Paterson University.

Ursinus (37-9) advanced to play top-seeded Rutgers-Camden, a 2-1 loser to No. 3 William Paterson in 13 innings earlier in the day, in a loser's bracket game. The winner of that contest will oppose William Paterson in the regional championship game Sunday at 1 p.m., although either Ursinus or Rutgers-Camden must defeat the Pioneers twice to win the title. College of Staten Island ended its season with a 24-16-1 record.

The Bears went ahead for good when Hennessey reached on a fielder's choice. She moved to second on a wild pitch, then went to third on a single by freshman first baseman Lindsay Schmidt (Orefield, PA/Parkland), one of three Ursinus players who went 2-for-3, before coming across on an outfield error by the Dolphins.

CSI forged a 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth after freshman center fielder Michele Mazza (Staten Island, NY/Moore Catholic) singled home senior shortstop Jennifer Doscher (Staten Island, NY/Moore Catholic). Ursinus had taken a 1-0 lead in the third after freshman second baseman Jessica Cherry (Bristol, PA/Conwell Egan) scored on a passed ball.

Senior righty Erin Skinner (Sewell, NJ/Burlington City) improved to 2-0 in the regional and 13-4 overall after scattering four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts for Ursinus. Schmidt, junior shortstop Marci Logan (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Regional) and sophomore right fielder Mary Reid (Hatboro, PA/Hatboro Horsham) each went 2-for-3 for the Bears.

Sophomore Christina D'Arpa (Staten Island, NY/Moore Catholic) took the loss and dropped to 13-3 after allowing nine hits and two runs. She struck out two without a walk.

-- Courtesy WPUNJ