Williams College 5, Keene St. 0

May 15, 2005

BABSON PARK, Mass. Junior pitcher Clara Hard (Seattle, Wash.) tossed a two-hit shutout to lead Williams College to a 5-0 win in the championship game of the 2005 NCAA Division III Softball Tournament New England Regional at Babson College on Sunday. Williams (28-12) will now represent New England as the eighth seed in the 2005 Division III Softball Championship Tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Ephs first contest will take place on Friday, May 20 at 11 a.m. against the first-round winner of the Cedar Rapids, Iowa bracket. Meanwhile, Keene State finishes its remarkable season with a record of 34-8.

Hard was nearly perfect in the final game for Williams, giving up just two hits, walking none, and striking out six. She allowed a lead-off single to right-center by first-year Kristie Braley (Derry, N.H.) to begin the third and a two-out single to left by first-year Melissa Scata (Medway, Mass.) in the seventh. Hard faced just two over the minimum in the contest as she improved her record to 16-3.

The Williams offense produced its first run in the top of the second, as junior Christine Williams (Clifton Park, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a double to right by sophomore Katelyn Knox (Great Falls, Va.). Junior Laura Noel (Houston, Texas) then knocked in Williams with a single to center, giving Williams a 1-0 lead.

Williams added to its lead in the third inning, when sophomore Cathleen Clark (Plymouth, N.Y.) drew a walk, went to second on a sacrifice, and scored on an RBI single to center by junior Alana Frost (Oakland, Calif.). Frost would later score on a fielding error to give her team a 3-0 advantage. The Ephs would then add two more runs in the fifth, as Williams drove in Frost with a single and senior Mary Baccash (Evanston, Ill.) scored on a wild pitch, resulting in the 5-0 final.

Frost finished with two hits, two runs scored, and an RBI for Williams, while sophomore pitcher Erin Fuoroli (Warwick, R.I.) allowed four earned runs on nine hits while striking out three for Keene State. It was her first loss of the season, as she dropped to 6-1.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

PositionHonoree, SchoolHometown
PitcherClara Hard, Williams CollegeSeattle, Wash.
PitcherMeghan McLoughlin, Keene State CollegeBrattleboro, Vt.
CatcherMegan Young, Endicott CollegePortland, Maine
First BaseKara Courtney, Babson CollegeNorthampton, Mass.
Second BaseAlana Frost, Williams CollegeOakland, Calif.
ShortstopElyse Colby, Endicott CollegeManchester, N.H.
Third BaseKelly McDonough, UMaine-FarmingtonWindham, Maine
OutfieldKatelyn Knox, Williams CollegeGreat Falls, Va.
OutfieldKari Gardner, Keene State CollegeGrafton, Mass.
OutfieldAndrea Cartullo, Babson CollegeHolbrook, Mass.
DP/UtilityCathleen Clark, Williams CollegePlymouth, N.H.
At-LargeKerri McMahon, Williams CollegeDenville, N.J.
At-LargeAshlee Nicholson, Keene State CollegeSwanzey, N.H.
At-LargeAlax Lazar, Babson CollegeMilton, Mass.
At-LargeMary Berry, UMaine-FarmingtonNorridgewock, Maine


                               NCAA Division III Softball
                        Williams College at Keene State College
                     May 15, 2005 at Babson Park, MA (Alumni Field)

Williams College 5 (28-12)                    Keene State College 0 (34-8)

Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
Cathleen Clark dp/cf.......  2  1  0  0       SARAH CAMPBELL 2b..........  3  0  0  0
 Melissa Vandermyn ph......  1  0  0  0       JENN NORMAN 3b.............  3  0  0  0
Kerri McMahon ss...........  3  0  1  0       ASHLEE NICHOLSON dp........  3  0  0  0
Alana Frost 2b.............  3  2  2  1       MELISSA SCATA c............  3  0  1  0
 Taryn Goodman ph..........  1  0  0  0       KAITY CONKLIN lf...........  3  0  0  0
Mary Baccash c.............  4  1  1  0       KARI GARDNER rf............  2  0  0  0
Christine Williams 3b......  2  1  1  1       KRISTIE BRALEY 1b..........  2  0  1  0
 Regine Lim ph.............  1  0  0  0       KATHLEEN GAMBINO cf........  1  0  0  0
Katelyn Knox lf............  3  0  1  0       MANDY FOOTE ss.............  2  0  0  0
 Melissa Iacobucci ph......  1  0  0  0       ERIN FUOROLI p.............  0  0  0  0
Laura Noel 1b..............  2  0  1  1
 Beth Lorge ph.............  1  0  1  0
Liz Gluck rf...............  3  0  0  0
Kristen Lemons cf..........  1  0  0  0
 Katie Powers ph/dp........  2  0  1  0
Clara Hard p...............  0  0  0  0
Totals..................... 30  5  9  3       Totals..................... 22  0  2  0

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Williams College.... 012 020 0 -  5  9  0
Keene State College. 000 000 0 -  0  2  3
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E - CONKLIN 2; FUOROLI. DP - SBKSC05 1. LOB - WIL 7; SBKSC05 2. 2B - K. Knox(10).
HBP - C. Williams. SH - K. McMahon(5); GAMBINO(7). SB - A. Frost(12); M. Baccash(3).

Williams College               IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
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Clara Hard  W,16-3.........   7.0  2  0  0  0  6   0  0  0  0   22 23   6  9  75

Keene State College            IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO  NP
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ERIN FUOROLI  L,6-1........   7.0  9  5  4  1  3   1  0  1  0   30 33   4 13 102

WP - FUOROLI. HBP - by FUOROLI (C. Williams). Pitches/strikes: C. Hard 75/51; FUOROLI
102/68.

Strikeouts - M. Vandermyn; A. Frost; K. Powers; NORMAN; NICHOLSON 2; SCATA; CONKLIN;
BRALEY. Walks - C. Clark.

Umpires - HP: Bob Milosavljevic  1B: Barry Rhoads  3B: Art Balser
Start: 11:36am   Time: 1:34   Attendance: 200

Game notes:
Game #10 of the NCAA Division III New England Softball Regionals
Williams wins its first New England Regional and advances to the Division
III World Series where they will meet the Cedar Rapids regional winner at
11am on Friday.  Keene State sees its season end with a 34-8 record.
Game: NCAAGM10



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Play-by-Play
                           NCAA Division III Softball
             Williams College at Keene State College - Play-by-Play
                 May 15, 2005 at Babson Park, MA (Alumni Field)


Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Williams College.... 012 020 0 -  5  9  0
Keene State College. 000 000 0 -  0  2  3
-----------------------------------------

Williams College starters: 12/dp C. Clark; 11/ss K. McMahon; 5/2b A. Frost; 18/c M.
Baccash; 8/3b C. Williams; 16/lf K. Knox; 2/1b L. Noel; 4/rf L. Gluck; 6/cf K.
Lemons; 7/p C. Hard;
Keene State College starters: 4/2b CAMPBELL; 6/3b NORMAN; 33/dp NICHOLSON; 46/c
SCATA; 2/lf CONKLIN; 52/rf GARDNER; 9/1b BRALEY; 24/cf GAMBINO; 10/ss FOOTE; 8/p
FUOROLI;

Williams College 1st - C. Clark grounded out to 3b (2-2). K. McMahon flied
out to cf (1-2). A. Frost struck out swinging (1-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

Keene State College 1st - CAMPBELL grounded out to ss (2-2). NORMAN flied out
to rf (1-0). NICHOLSON struck out swinging (0-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

Williams College 2nd - M. Baccash grounded out to 1b unassisted (0-0). C.
Williams hit by pitch (1-2). K. Knox doubled to right field (1-2); C. Williams
advanced to third. L. Noel singled to center field, RBI (2-1); K. Knox advanced to
third; C. Williams scored. L. Gluck grounded out to 2b (0-1); L. Noel advanced to
second; K. Knox no advance. K. Lemons grounded out to 2b (1-2). 1 run, 2 hits, 0
errors, 2 LOB.

Keene State College 2nd - SCATA struck out swinging (1-2). CONKLIN grounded
out to 2b (1-2). GARDNER grounded out to p (3-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

Williams College 3rd - C. Clark walked (3-1). K. McMahon out at first 3b to
2b, SAC, bunt (0-0); C. Clark advanced to second. A. Frost singled up the middle,
advanced to second on the throw, RBI (0-0); C. Clark scored. M. Baccash grounded out
to p (1-1); A. Frost advanced to third. C. Williams reached on a fielding error by p
(0-0); A. Frost scored, unearned. K. Knox grounded out to 3b (0-0). 2 runs, 1
hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Keene State College 3rd - BRALEY singled to right center (0-0). GAMBINO out
at first c to 2b, SAC, bunt (0-0); BRALEY advanced to second. FOOTE fouled out to
1b, interference (1-0). CAMPBELL flied out to cf (1-1). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors,
1 LOB.

Williams College 4th - L. Noel grounded out to 2b (2-0). L. Gluck grounded
out to p (0-0). K. Powers pinch hit for K. Lemons. K. Powers struck out swinging
(2-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Keene State College 4th - C. Clark to cf. K. Powers to dp. NORMAN struck out
swinging (1-2). NICHOLSON struck out swinging (2-2). SCATA grounded out to 3b (0-0).
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Williams College 5th - C. Clark grounded out to 3b (1-1). K. McMahon grounded
out to 3b (0-0). A. Frost singled to center field (0-1). M. Baccash singled up the
middle (1-1); A. Frost advanced to second. M. Baccash stole second; A. Frost stole
third. C. Williams singled to shortstop, RBI (0-2); M. Baccash advanced to third; A.
Frost scored. C. Williams advanced to third; M. Baccash scored on a wild pitch. K.
Knox flied out to rf (1-1). 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Keene State College 5th - CONKLIN grounded out to p (2-1). GARDNER popped up
to 2b (1-1). BRALEY struck out swinging (2-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

Williams College 6th - B. Lorge pinch hit for L. Noel. B. Lorge singled to
left field, advanced to second on a fielding error by lf. L. Gluck grounded into
double play p to 1b to 3b (1-0); B. Lorge out on the play. K. Powers singled through
the left side (3-2). M. Vandermyn pinch hit for C. Clark. M. Vandermyn struck out
swinging, out at first c to 1b (2-2). 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Keene State College 6th - C. Clark to cf for M. Vandermyn. L. Noel to 1b for
B. Lorge. GAMBINO flied out to cf (2-1). FOOTE grounded out to 2b (1-0). CAMPBELL
grounded out to p (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Williams College 7th - K. McMahon singled to right field (0-1). T. Goodman
pinch hit for A. Frost. T. Goodman reached on a fielding error by lf (1-0); K.
McMahon advanced to second. M. Baccash fouled out to rf (2-1); T. Goodman advanced
to second on the throw; K. McMahon advanced to third. R. Lim pinch hit for C.
Williams. R. Lim reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second (1-1); T. Goodman
advanced to third; K. McMahon out at home p to c. M. Iacobucci pinch hit for K.
Knox. M. Iacobucci flied out to lf (2-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Keene State College 7th - A. Frost to 2b for T. Goodman. C. Williams to 3b
for R. Lim. K. Knox to lf for M. Iacobucci. NORMAN grounded out to ss (0-0).
NICHOLSON fouled out to 1b (1-0). SCATA singled to left field (1-2). CONKLIN struck
out swinging (1-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.













-- Courtesy Babson