William Paterson 1, Rutgers-Camden
William Paterson 1, Rutgers-Camden 0May 15, 2005
WAYNE, NJ (May 14) Senior left fielder Kelly Harchetts (Ckarksburg, NJ/Allentown) drilled an RBI triple, while the duo of Diana Schraer (Paramus, NJ/Paramus) and Jenn Scott (Mount Ephraim, NJ/Bishop Eustace) combined on a four-hit shutout as William Paterson thwarted Rutgers-Camden, 1-0, to capture the NCAA Division III Softball East Regional Championship on Sunday at Wightman Softball Field on the campus of William Paterson University.
The victory enabled the third-seeded Pioneers (37-9-1) to capture their second regional championship, and first since 2001, while earning them a trip to the NCAA Division III Softball Championship Finals that will begin Friday, May 20, at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh, NC. The Pioneers will be the seventh seed in the eight-team, double-elimination championship tournament and will oppose the winner of the Ithaca Regional in their first game this Friday at 6:30 p.m. Ithaca defeated Kings, 8-0, in six innings on Sunday afternoon, setting up a rematch at 10 a.m. on Monday for the right to face William Paterson in the first round of the national championships.
Weve worked so hard all season, we deserve this, said Harchetts, one of six Pioneers named to the All-East Regional tournament team. This is a fairy tale right now, but its not over yet.
With one second-inning swing, Harchetts made sure the Pioneers run would continue to Raleigh, NC. She took some advice from head coach Hallie Cohen and proceeded to blast a shot into the right-center field gap off Rutgers-Camden junior All-American right-hander Michelle Schlichtig (Barrington, NJ/Haddon Heights) that scored sophomore designated player Nicole French (Hamilton, NJ/Hamilton), who hit a one-out single and finished 2-for-2.
Coach told me to step back in the box against Schlichtig and it worked, Harchetts said. I felt really confident. If you dont have confidence that youre going to hit the ball, you shouldnt be up there.
Added Scott: That made it extra special. Someone steps up for us every game. Thats what makes us such a threat.
William Patersons pitching tandem of Scott, a junior, and Schraer, a freshman, proved dangerous all season. Schraer allowed three hits through 5.1 innings before yielding to Scott as Rutgers-Camden (35-8-1) had runners on first and third with one out. Scott struck out the next two batters she faced to end that threat, then kept the Scarlet Raptors in check in the seventh en route to earning her second save. Schraer, meanwhile, improved her record to 17-1 while capturing her 12th straight decision.
We just work really well together, Schraer said.
No. 14-ranked William Paterson improved to 5-1-1 this season against No. 4 Rutgers-Camden, including a 2-1, 13-inning victory on Saturday in the East Regional. The Pioneers also defeated the Scarlet Raptors twice to win the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship on May 7, including a 1-0 win in 15 innings as Scott tossed a six-hit shutout.
Schlichtig dropped to 27-6 despite allowing just three hits. She struck out one without a walk. Five of her six setbacks have come against William Paterson.
Im really proud of our girls, Cohen said. Theyve been focused on this for such a long time, this is almost a dream right now. Weve been playing so well the last three weeks.
ALL-EAST REGIONAL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Pitchers: Diana Schraer and Jenn Scott, William Paterson
First Base: Lindsay Schmidt, Ursinus
Second Base: April Sardinas-Wyssling, William Paterson
Shortstop: Marci Logian, Ursinus
Third Base: Alaina Giles, Rutgers-Camden
Outfield: Kelly Harchetts, William Paterson; Michele Mazza, College of Staten Island; Mary Reid, Ursinus
Utility: Michelle Schlichtig, Rutgers-Camden
At-Large: Alicia Albert, William Paterson; Jessica Cherry, Ursinus; Celeste Chinappi, Rutgers-Camden; Christina DArpa, College of Staten Island
-- Courtesy William Paterson