St. Thomas 5, Salisbury 0

May 21, 2005

Junior Janet Nagle threw the first no-hitter in Division III Softball College World Series play in five years to lead the 12th-ranked Tommies to a 5-0 victory over second-ranked Salisbury (Md.) in Saturday's national tourney winner's bracket game in Raleigh, N.C.

Nagle struck out six and walked three as she improved her career postseason record to 17-0. She had a one-hit shutout over Moravian in the 2004 national title game.

Junior Nikki Conway's two-run homer in the third inning started the offense for the Tommies (41-6), who have won 16 in a row and 30 of their last 31 games. The Toms extended their postseason win streak to 18.

Conway went 3-for-4 to lead a 10-hit attack. Conway is now 10-for-16 (.625) with four homers in five NCAA playoff wins. Her home run was her 11th of the season and 31st of her career.

Maria Bye had two hits and joined Carrie Embree and Katie Wiberg with RBI hits.

St. Thomas coach John Tschida was happy with the performance.

The players came out focused today and responded," Tschida said. "You can only do so much as a coach and then its the players that must make it happen. Janet threw a good game today versus a really good team.

The Tommies are assured of a top-three finish and will be playing Monday. They advance to 4 p.m. Sunday winner's bracket game vs. the Chapman-Ithaca winner.

Salisbury (41-5) plays an 11 a.m. Sunday elimination game and must win five elimination games -- two on Sunday, two on Monday and one on Tuesday -- to take the championship.

Salisbury, ranked second nationally and in the CWS for the fourth year in a row, took third last season but never faced St. Thomas.

In Saturday's first three games, Ithaca edged William Paterson 1-0 in the final first-round game; Alma eliminated Williams, 1-0; and Muskingum (Ohio) sidelined William Paterson, 3-0.

                     The Automated ScoreBook
                            Salisbury vs St. Thomas
              May 21, 2005 at Raleigh, N.C. (Walnut Creek Complex)

Salisbury 0 (41-5)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Shaffer ss...............  2  0  0  0   1  1  2  2   0
Fleming cf...............  2  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
Ruest 1b.................  3  0  0  0   0  2  8  0   1
White 3b.................  3  0  0  0   0  0  2  1   0
Dronenburg dh/c..........  2  0  0  0   1  1  1  1   0
Fuqua 2b.................  2  0  0  0   1  0  0  2   0
Falcon lf................  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   1
Schrader rf..............  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
Rementer c/dh............  2  0  0  0   0  1  2  1   0
Lister p.................  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Wells p.................  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
Totals................... 20  0  0  0   3  6 18 10   3

St. Thomas 5 (41-6)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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N. Conway c..............  4  1  3  2   0  0  6  0   0
M. Wong 2b...............  4  0  1  0   0  0  3  3   2
K. Huegel ss.............  4  2  1  0   0  1  1  1   2
K. Wiberg cf.............  2  1  1  1   1  0  0  0   0
M. Bye lf/dh.............  3  0  2  1   0  0  0  0   0
C. Embree 1b.............  2  0  1  1   0  0  9  1   2
K. Trapp dh/lf...........  2  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
M. Evans 3b..............  2  0  0  0   1  1  1  1   0
CFitzpatrick rf..........  1  1  0  0   1  0  1  0   0
J. Nagle p...............  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  4   1
Totals................... 25  5 10  5   3  3 21 10   7

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Salisbury........... 000 000 0 -  0  0  1
St. Thomas.......... 003 020 X -  5 10  0
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E - Fleming. LOB - SAL 3; UST 7. 2B - M. Wong; K. Wiberg; M. Bye. HR - N.
Conway. HBP - CFitzpatrick. SH - Fleming; C. Embree. SB - K. Trapp. CS - M.
Evans.

Salisbury              IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Lister..............  2.1  3  3  3  1  2  8 11
Wells...............  3.2  7  2  2  2  1 17 19

St. Thomas             IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
J. Nagle............  7.0  0  0  0  3  6 20 24

Win - J. Nagle.  Loss - Lister.  Save - None.
HBP - by Lister (CFitzpatrick). PB - Dronenburg; Rementer.
Umpires - HP: Betsy Kidd  1B: Art St. Germain  3B: Sonya Zuhl
Start: 5:30 pm   Time: 1:35   Attendance: 225
Game: NCAA7



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Play-by-Play
                            The Automated ScoreBook
                     Salisbury vs St. Thomas - Play-by-Play
              May 21, 2005 at Raleigh, N.C. (Walnut Creek Complex)


Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Salisbury........... 000 000 0 -  0  0  1
St. Thomas.......... 003 020 X -  5 10  0
-----------------------------------------

Salisbury starters: 10/ss Shaffer; 13/cf Fleming; 17/1b Ruest; 7/3b White; 18/dh
Dronenburg; 8/2b Fuqua; 12/lf Falcon; 6/rf Schrader; 1/c Rementer; 14/p Lister;
St. Thomas starters: 11/c N. Conway; 2/2b M. Wong; 7/ss K. Huegel; 24/cf K. Wiberg;
13/lf M. Bye; 1/1b C. Embree; 9/dh K. Trapp; 16/3b M. Evans; 17/rf CFitzpatrick; 6/p
J. Nagle;

Salisbury 1st - M. Bye to dh. K. Trapp to lf. Shaffer struck out swinging.
Fleming grounded out to 3b. Ruest struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors,
0 LOB.

St. Thomas 1st - N. Conway flied out to cf. M. Wong flied out to cf. K.
Huegel struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Salisbury 2nd - White grounded out to ss. Dronenburg walked. Fuqua popped up
to 3b. Falcon popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

St. Thomas 2nd - K. Wiberg grounded out to ss. M. Bye doubled. C. Embree
grounded out to p, SAC; M. Bye advanced to third. J. Nagle to p for K. Trapp. /  for
J. Nagle. J. Nagle struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Salisbury 3rd - K. Trapp to lf for J. Nagle. J. Nagle to p. Schrader grounded
out to 2b. Rementer out at first p to 2b. Shaffer grounded out to p. 0 runs, 0
hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

St. Thomas 3rd - M. Evans walked. M. Evans out at first c to 1b, caught
stealing. CFitzpatrick hit by pitch. N. Conway homered, 2 RBI; CFitzpatrick scored.
M. Wong doubled. Wells to p for Lister. K. Huegel reached on a fielder's choice,
advanced to second; M. Wong out at third p to 3b to 2b to 3b. K. Wiberg walked. M.
Bye singled, RBI; K. Wiberg advanced to second; K. Huegel scored. M. Bye advanced to
second on a passed ball; K. Wiberg advanced to third on a passed ball. C. Embree
flied out to lf. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Salisbury 4th - Dronenburg to c. Rementer to dh. Fleming grounded out to p.
Ruest grounded out to 2b. White grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0
errors, 0 LOB.

St. Thomas 4th - K. Trapp singled. K. Trapp stole second. M. Evans struck out
swinging. CFitzpatrick reached on a fielder's choice; K. Trapp out at third ss to
3b. N. Conway singled, advanced to second on an error by cf; CFitzpatrick advanced
to third. M. Wong grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 2
LOB.

Salisbury 5th - Dronenburg struck out swinging. Fuqua walked. Falcon flied
out to rf. Schrader struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

St. Thomas 5th - K. Huegel singled. K. Wiberg doubled, RBI; K. Huegel scored.
M. Bye popped up to ss. K. Wiberg advanced to third on a passed ball. C. Embree
singled, out at second c to ss, RBI; K. Wiberg scored. K. Trapp grounded out to p.
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Salisbury 6th - Rementer struck out swinging. Shaffer walked. Fleming out at
first 1b to 2b, SAC; Shaffer advanced to second. Ruest struck out looking. 0
runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

St. Thomas 6th - M. Evans flied out to 1b. CFitzpatrick walked. N. Conway
singled; CFitzpatrick advanced to second. M. Wong grounded out to 2b; N. Conway
advanced to second; CFitzpatrick advanced to third. K. Huegel grounded out to 1b
unassisted. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Salisbury 7th - White grounded out to 2b. Dronenburg lined out to ss. Fuqua
grounded out to p. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.





-- Courtesy St. Thomas