William Patterson 2, Rutgers-Camden 1

May 14, 2005

WAYNE, NJ (May 14) - Sophomore second baseman April Sardinas-Wyssling scored from second base after an infield error with one out in the 13th inning as No. 3-seeded William Paterson defeated top-seeded Rutgers-Camden, 2-1, to advance to the championship game of the NCAA Division III Softball East Regional at Wightman Softball Field on the campus of William Paterson University on Saturday.

Junior righty Jenn Scott (Mount Ephraim, NJ/Bishop Eustace) retired the final 14 batters she faced and tossed a six-hitter, improving to 17-7 for the Pioneers (36-9-1), who advanced to the championship game against Rutgers-Camden (35-7-1), which came back later Saturday to defeat fourth-seeded Ursinus, 2-1, as freshman pinch-runner Julie Grochowski (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) scored on an errant throw home following a squeeze bunt attempt by senior shortstop Celeste Chinappi (Bellmawr, NJ/Gloucester Catholic).

The first title contest is at 1 p.m., and if Rutgers-Camden wins, a winner-take-all final will begin at 3 p.m.

William Paterson defeated Rutgers-Camden (34-7-1) for the third time in seven days, including twice last Saturday to win the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship. In the last of those games, the Pioneers took 15 innings to record a 1-0 triumph. Overall, they are 4-1-1 against the Scarlet Raptors this season, all in games played since May 2.

"Of course we'd like to have won earlier, but if it requires us to go all of these extra innings we don't mind doing so to win," said Sardinas-Wyssling, who went 2-for-5.

Sardinas-Wyssling led off the 13th with a single to shortstop, then stole second base, her 16th swipe in as many tries. Sophomore designated player Nicole French (Hamilton, NJ/Hamilton) then hit a one-out grounder that went under the glove of the Scarlet Raptors' shortstop, enabling Sardinas-Wyssling to come across.

Otherwise, the game was a taut pitcher's duel between Scott and Rutgers-Camden junior righty Michelle Schlichtig (Barrington, NJ/Haddon Heights), who allowed seven hits and one earned run while walking four (two intentional) and fanning 10. Schlichtig now has 20 double-digit strikeout games.

William Paterson jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third after a squeeze bunt by junior third baseman Nicky Arias (Princeton Junction, NJ/West Windsor-Plainsboro South) scored sophomore center fielder Brandi Kavaliauskas (Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional). Rutgers-Camden responded with a run in the sixth as Chinappi (3-for-5) angled a perfect bunt single past a drawn-in infield, pushing across freshman second baseman Jayme Feriod (Glassboro, NJ/Glassboro).

Junior catcher Mindy Coxe (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester City) went 2-for-4 and drew two intentional walks for the Pioneers.

-- Courtesy WPUNJ