May 7, 2009


Thomas More Battles Back From 3-0 Deficit

Greencastle, Ind. - Sixth-seed Thomas More battle back from a 3-0 deficit to force extra innings and then scored one in the top of the tenth for a 4-3 win over Adrian in game two of the first round of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship.

The Saints improved to 35-9 with the win and will play in game six on Friday at Noon. Adrian dropped to 34-7 and will play in Friday's game five at 10 a.m.

Adrian scored three in the third as it loaded the bases with two outs and Meghan Stevens followed with a single that scored Krissy Sheets. Jenna Kloster then reached on an error in right field which allowed Holly Lowe and Sarah Hall to score.

Thomas More reached the board in the sixth as Dana Bors singled with one out and moved to second on Kim Prahl's groundout.  Desiree Zink entered as a pinch-runner and scored on Lisa Wiesman's single.

In the seventh, Steph Stadtmiller led off with a single and moved to second on Jennifer Lang's grounder. Jennifer Weis singled to move Stadtmiller to third and then stole second. Brittany Wegman then delivered a single which scored both and tied the game.

Wegman advanced to second on the throw and to third on an error and appeared to have scored the go-ahead on Bors' sacrifice fly, but she was out on appeal for leaving third early.

Kim Prahl reached on a error with one out in the tenth and moved to third on Lisa Wiesman's single. Samantha Ladenburger's bunt landed in front of home plate for a base hit and plated Prahl with the game-winner.

Thomas More totaled 12 hits in the win with Stadtmiller and Wiesman each finishing with three and Weis two. The Bulldogs finished with seven hits and were paced by Hall's two.

Bors improved to 16-1 with the win and recorded six strikeouts without a walk. Kelly Tomasek dropped to 22-3 and finished with five strikeouts.

Lions' Grand Slam Powers Emerson Past Endicott

BEVERLY, Mass. - Emerson's Nikki Battaglia (Freehold, N.J.) turned on a full-count offering in the top of the second inning, launching a grand slam over the left field wall to help lift the fifth-seeded Lions to a 5-1 win over fourth-seeded Endicott in the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament on Thursday afternoon in Beverly, Mass. The win moves Emerson into a Friday match-up with top-seeded Tufts University, while Endicott will now meet Husson in a loser's bracket game on the same day.

After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first off an RBI single from Meghan Sargent (Salisbury, Mass.) that plated leadoff hitter Jenna Lazar (Milton, Mass.), the Gulls' pitcher Jenna Bortolotti (Milton, Mass.) struggled to find the strike zone in the top of second. Bortolotti hit the first two batters of the frame, and then surrendered a single to Kelsey Tuthill (Middlefield, Conn.) to load the bases. With the count full at 3-2, junior Nikki Battaglia laced a bases-clearing grand slam over the left field fence to make it 4-1 in favor of the Lions.

The score would stay that way until the top of the sixth where Emerson tacked on a fifth run to take a four run lead. The Lions once again got on the board by way of the long ball, as Jilisa Rawding (Tewksbury, Mass.) belted a solo shot to left field.

The cushion was all pitcher Kelsey Tuthill would need as the Emerson freshman improved her record to 19-5 with a complete game victory. Tuthill slowed the Endicott offense to a tune of just one run on four hits, all while striking out nine Gull batters. Jenna Bortolotti took the loss to fall to 20-4 as she went the distance allowing five runs on five hits.

Emerson will now face Tufts University, who convincingly defeated eighth-seeded Husson University, 17-1, in the day's opening game. Start time for that contest is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Friday. Endicott drops into the loser bracket where they will take on the aforementioned Eagles in the 10:00 a.m. game on Friday morning.


Jumbos Stampede Eagles, 17-1

BEVERLY, Mass. - Tufts University wasted no time in their pursuit of an NCAA Division III Regional Softball Championship as the Jumbos defeated Husson University, 17-1, in game one of the Regional Championships held on the campus of Endicott College on May 7th.  The Jumbos (39-1) used a 10-run third inning to take down the Eagles (26-15) and move onto the winner's portion of the bracket.

Tufts jumped out to an early lead in the second as the Jumbos plated five runs in the frame.  Tufts' Roni Herbst (Montclair, N.J.), Casey Sullivan (Berlin, Conn.), Samantha Kuhles (Somerville, N.J.), and Danielle Lopez (Danvers, Mass.) each drove in runs during the inning.

Lauren Gelmetti (Westfield, N.J.) went through the first three innings without allowing a baserunner while being staked to a 5-0 lead.  The Jumbos extended their lead in the bottom of the inning by scoring 10 runs while the first eight batters reached base and inflated the lead to 15-0 by the end of the third inning.

Husson finally got on the board in the top of the fourth when Megan Bradstreet (Warren, Maine) singled to right centerfield, scoring Dorothy Cameron (South Plainfield, N.J.) who had doubled to lead off the inning.  The Eagles added one more hit in the inning but do more damage as Gelmetti struck out the final two batters of the inning.

The Jumbos would add a pair in the bottom of the fourth on a Christy Tinker (Woodbridge, Conn.) homerun to extend their lead to 17-1 and closed out the first game of the tournament with a win.

Gelmetti improves to 18-0 this season by pitching four innings and giving up one run, on two hits, while striking out eight.  The first three batters in the Jumbos' offense did a majority of the damage as Laura Chapman (Seattle, Wash.), Kuhles, and Lopez combined to go 9-for-12 with 8 RBI between the three.

Nicole Sargent (Sullivan, Maine) suffered the setback for the Eagles as she went two innings and gave up seven runs, all earned, on nine hits.  Cameron, Bradstreet, and Rachel Volcechovski (Jefferson, N.J.) had the three hits for the Eagles while Cameron scored the only run and Bradstreet had the lone RBI.

No.1-seeded Tufts will move onto face the winner of the #3 Endicott College/ #6 Emerson College matchup on Friday at 2:00 p.m.  Husson will move on to face the loser of that contest on Friday at 10:00 a.m.


DePauw Takes Down Hiram

Greencastle, Ind. --  With all of the game's scoring taking place in the first inning, 15th-ranked and second-seeded DePauw took a 2-1 win over seventh-seeded Hiram in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship.

The Tigers improved to 29-7 and take on Thomas More at Noon on Friday, while Hiram dropped to 26-15 and faces Adrian tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Hiram took a 1-0 lead in the first as Stephanie Zunic led off the game with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Megan Samuel drew a walk before before Whitney Dropsey singled to load the bases. Chastine Romanello hit a grounder to first and the Tigers got the force at the plate, but the ball got away on the throw down to first allowing Samuel to score.

DePauw struck back in the bottom of the first as Chelsy Patterson walked and moved to second on Brianne Weeks' sacrifice bunt. Rachel Gill delivered a run-scoring double and Jen Kosinski scored Gill with a single to left.

The Tigers totaled seven hits in the win led by Emma Minx with two. Samuel paced the Terriers with two of their five hits.

Megan Soultz improved to 26-7 with the win and extended her streak of not allowing an earned run to 52 2/3 innings. Whitney Dropsey dropped to 17-9 with the loss.


Ohio Northern Slips By Trine

Greencastle, Ind. - Liz Decima's one-out single to center in the bottom of the ninth scored Mandi Fought and lifted top-seed and fourth-ranked Ohio Northern to a 4-3 win over fourth-seed Trine in the day's final game in the first round of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship.

The Polar Bears improved to 36-3 and face Defiance on Friday at 2 p.m., while the Thunder finished their season at 29-12.

Lisa Light pinch hit with one out in the ninth for pitcher Cortney Cash and singled to left. Cash came back in to run and was thrown out at third on Fought's single. Fought was able to advance to second on the throw and then came home on Decima's single.

Fought led off the first with a double and scored on Tina Mangola's homer to center. Trine came back in the third as Sara Hivley reached on an error and moved to third on Sallie Richardson's double. Kara Graham followed with a homer to right center to give the Thunder a 3-2 lead.

Ohio Northern knotted the score at 3-3 in the fifth when Cash led off with a bunt single and moved to second on Fought's grounder. Decima delivered the game-tying single up the middle.

Trine had a runner on third with one out in the sixth, but Cash struck out Hively and got Richardson to ground out to first. In the top of the ninth the Thunder had runners on first and third with one out, but Cash struck out the last two batters to end the threat.

The Polar Bears totaled 14 hits led by Decima's three and two each from Fought, Cassie Gaye and Jackie Mangola. Richardson and Graham each had three of Trine's 11 hits and Jessica Hutchinson added a pair.

Cash improved to 25-1 and struck out 11, while Lauren Hudson dropped to 12-4 with the loss.