Salisbury 6, Moravian
Salisbury 6, Moravian 2May 15, 2005
Salisbury, MD - Salisbury University is heading to its fourth straight World Series appearance. The No.2-ranked Sea Gull softball team rode the bat of senior third baseman Leslie White (Pittsville, MD/Parkside) and rolled through the NCAA Division III Softball Salisbury Regional unbeaten and completed its three-game sweep of the tournament with a 6-2 victory over No.19-ranked Moravian College Sunday at Sea Gull Field.
Salisbury (40-4), which has five appearances at the World Series in the history of the school, will set its sights on Alma College (Mich.) Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Peace College in Raleigh, NC. Alma knocked off Aurora University, 4-1, in the Alma Regional Final on Sunday. Alma (32-8) will be making its second straight World Series appearance and fifth overall. Moravian ended the season with a 37-8 mark.
White had the hot bat for Salisbury, finishing a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles, a home run, two runs scored and drove in five of the six Sea Gull runs. Junior first baseman Erin Ruest (Waldorf, MD/McDonough) also added two doubles as she finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Sophomore Tee Dronenburg (Columbia, MD/Howard) went 1-for-2, senior left fielder Kareem Falcon (Severn, MD/Chesapeake) finished 1-for-3 and junior shortstop Kristy Shaffer (Manchester, MD/North Carroll) also picked up a hit.
Moravian third baseman Kelly Santry went 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored, second baseman Beth Paly hit her 11th double of the season and scored a run.Catcher Danielle Carrione and shortstop Heather Bortz each added hits.
This game looked to be a battle of two of the top pitchers in the country when the contest started. Salisbury junior Lacey Lister (Denton, MD/North Caroline) entered the tournament ranked 15th in the nation in ERA, fourth in victories and 10th in strikeouts per outing, while the Greyhounds' Meagan Hennessey was ranked seventh in ERA and second in victories. Lister (29-2) picked up the win, her third of the Regional tourney. She pitched 3 2/3-innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out three and walking two. Freshman Kirsten Wells (Fallston, MD/Fallston) came out of the bullpen in relief, allowing just one hit in 3 1/3-innings. Hennessey (29-6) took the loss in the circle. She allowed six runs (three earned) on eight hits while walking two and fanning two.
Back-to-back doubles by Ruest and White resulted in Salisbury taking a 1-0 lead after the first frame. After Moravian tied the score in the top of the third, the Sea Gulls scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead for good, 4-1. Serena Fleming (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) reached base on an error and Ruest walked. White then came on and slammed a three-run homer just inside the left-field pole.
The Greyhounds cut the lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth when Paly crossed the plate on a single by Santry. But two runs by the Sea Gulls in the bottom of the frame put the game on ice and Wells did the rest in the circle.
Five Salisbury players were named to the Salisbury Regional All-Tournament team. They included first baseman Erin Ruest, third baseman Leslie White, outfielder Kareem Falcon and pitcher Lacey Lister. Outfielder Serena Fleming was chosen as an at-large player.
NCAA DIVISION III SOFTBALL SALISBURY REGIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Position Player School Catcher Erin Ruitenberg Roanoke College First Base Erin Ruest Salisbury University Second Base Beth Paly Moravian College Third Base Leslie White Salisbury University Shortstop Heather Bortz Moravian College Outfield Mary Greenway Ferrum College Outfield Kareem Falcon Salisbury University Outfield Justina Black Moravian College Pitcher Meagan Hennessy Moravian College Pitcher Lacy Lister Salisbury University DP Richelle McWilliams Moravian College At-Large Kelly Santry Moravian College At-Large Serena Fleming Salisbury University At-Large Jenny Perdue Ferrum College At-Large Lauren Homa Moravian College
-- Courtesy Salisbury