St. Thomas 5, Williams 2 (28-13)

May 20, 2005

RALEIGH, N.C. St. Thomas took its first step in defending its NCAA Division III softball national championship on Friday with a 5-2 victory over Williams in the first game of the 2005 NCAA Division III World Series at Walnut Creek Softball Complex.

St. Thomas improved to 40-6 overall with the victory. The Tommies got a strong combined two-hit pitching performance from Janet Nagle and Maria Bye, while Nikki Conway continued to swing a hot bat in postseason play.

You always have to be good and lucky to win this, and being the defending champions, we knew it wasnt going to be easy, said St. Thomas head coach John Tschida. We played below par. We had at least 10 mental mistakes on the bases that could have cost us, but we had some big hits and (Janet) Nagle pitched effectively.

Nagle and Bye had a combined no-hitter through five innings before Williams had its first hit in the sixth. Their St. Thomas teammates, meanwhile, staked the Tommies to a 5-0 lead with two runs in the third and three in fourth.

St. Thomas took a 2-0 lead in the third on as Colleen Fitzpatrick scored on Michelle Wongs groundout. Kristi Huegels RBI single then scored Conway from third.

Conway had the big hit for the Tommies in the fourth, connecting on a monster two-run home to left field. Mandy Evans also had an RBI double in the fourth for St. Thomas.

Williams finally broke through with a run each in the fifth and sixth. Katelyn Knox scored on a passed ball in the fifth, and Alana Frost scored on a St. Thomas error in the sixth. The Ephs had the tying run at the plate in the sixth, but Knox struck out swingining.

Conway went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs for St. Thomas, while Nagle and Bye combined for sixth strikeouts. Clara Hard was the losing pitcher for Williams (28-13).

I think the name of the game is they took advantage of our mistakes, said Williams head coach Kris Herman. I was happy with the way we stayed in the game, and our pitch selection was very good. We just didnt hit the ball the way we needed to hit it.

St. Thomas will play the winner of Salisbury-Alma matchup on Saturday at 4 p.m., while Williams meets the loser of that contest on Saturday at 11 a.m.

 
Box score (NCAA)
                            The Automated ScoreBook
                             Williams vs St. Thomas
              May 20, 2005 at Raleigh, N.C. (Walnut Creek Complex)

Williams 2 (28-13)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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C. Clark dh..............  3  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   1
K. McMahon ss............  2  0  0  0   0  2  1  2   0
A. Frost 2b..............  3  1  0  0   0  2  3  1   0
M. Baccash c.............  3  0  1  0   0  0  5  0   1
C. Williams 3b...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
K. Knox lf...............  2  1  0  0   0  1  1  0   2
L. Noel 1b...............  3  0  0  0   0  1  6  0   0
L. Gluck rf..............  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 K. Powers ph/rf.........  0  0  0  0   2  0  0  0   0
K. Lemons cf.............  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 T. Goodman ph...........  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
 M. Vandermyn ph/pr......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
C. Hard p................  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 M. Ryan p...............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
Totals................... 22  2  2  0   3  6 18  7   5

St. Thomas 5 (40-6)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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N. Conway c..............  3  2  2  2   0  1  6  2   0
M. Wong 2b...............  3  0  0  1   0  1  3  0   0
K. Huegel ss.............  2  0  1  1   1  0  0  2   0
K. Wiberg cf.............  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
M. Bye dh/lf.............  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
C. Embree 1b.............  3  1  1  0   0  0 11  0   1
K. Trapp lf/dh...........  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
M. Evans 3b..............  3  1  1  1   0  1  0  4   2
CFitzpatrick rf..........  3  1  1  0   0  1  0  0   0
J. Nagle p...............  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  3   0
Totals................... 23  5  6  5   1  5 21 11   4

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
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Williams............ 000 011 0 -  2  2  0
St. Thomas.......... 002 300 X -  5  6  1
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E - C. Embree. LOB - WIL 5; UST 4. 2B - M. Baccash; M. Evans; CFitzpatrick.
HR - N. Conway. HBP - C. Clark; K. Knox; K. Wiberg. SH - K. McMahon; K.
Wiberg; M. Bye. SB - K. Wiberg; C. Embree.

Williams               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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C. Hard.............  4.0  6  5  5  0  4 18 20
M. Ryan.............  2.0  0  0  0  1  1  5  7

St. Thomas             IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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J. Nagle............  4.2  0  1  0  2  3 13 18
M. Bye..............  2.1  2  1  0  1  3  9 10

Win - J. Nagle.  Loss - C. Hard.  Save - M. Bye .
WP - J. Nagle. HBP - by J. Nagle (C. Clark); by C. Hard (K. Wiberg); by J. Nagle
(K. Knox). PB - M. Baccash; N. Conway.
Umpires - HP: Julie Johnson  1B: Art St. Germain  3B: Sonya Zuhl
Start: 11:15 am   Time: 1:40   Attendance: 182
Game: NCAA1