Concordia 4, Emporia State 0

May 15, 2005

EMPORIA, Kan. -- A record-breaking season came to an end for the Hornets at the hands of a 4-0 loss to Concordia Sunday in the NCAA North Central Region tournament at the Trusler Sports Complex.

Emporia State wrapped up its season at 54-13 and 14-4 in the MIAA. Along with a conference regular season and tournament championship, ESU set MIAA records with 54 wins and 30 shutouts.

Concordia's Kristen Schmidt held Emporia State to just three hits as the Golden Bears advanced to the NCAA II national tournament. Schmidt got help from a pair of home runs in the second inning. Kristen Linell hit a solo shot and Jen Pozzani blasted a two-run shot. Schmidt, the tournament's MVP, also helped herself out as she singled in a run in the first to open up scoring. She ended up striking out 18 Hornets in 15 innings of scoreless work during the tournament.

ESU's Courtney Reed suffered the loss. Katie Ellis and Melissa Stevens pitched the final four and two thirds innings, keeping the Golden Bears scoreless.

The Hornets got to the championship game by scoring three runs in the first inning Sunday for a 5-0 win over Winona State. Sarah Luschen drove in a pair of runs off a single in the fifth after ESU got RBI in the opening inning from Morgan Viola and Channon Nitz. Reed made her first start in an NCAA tournament game and allowed four hits, striking out seven, in the shutout. Winona State, the No. 6 seed, ended its season at 41-16.

Stevens, just a junior, ended the season with the school and MIAA career records for strikeouts, now with 706. With 303 this season, she was 38 shy of the schools single-season record. She earned MIAA MVP honors, along with spots on the NFCA all-region team and all-MIAA first team.

Sophomore Megan Davison ended her season by setting the schools single-season record for hits. Her 81st, coming in the title game, broke Kayla Hubbards 2004 record. Davison broke the schools season RBI record earlier in the season and ended up with 65, 18 more than the old record. Her 18 doubles were also a single-season record.

Sophomore Viola tied a school single-season record Sunday by stealing her 37th base. She already holds the career record with 73.

-- Courtesy Emporia