Division II NCAA Softball Championship Results
May 8, 2009
East Region 1
First Round at Le Moyne in Syracuse, N.Y.
Le Moyne 3, Dominican 2
Caldwell 2, Dowling 0
At Kutztown University
No. 2 KU 5, No. 7 West Chester 1
No. 6 W.Va.-Wesleyan 2, No. 3 Bloomsburg 1
Atlantic Region 1 at Lock Haven University
HU over Bowie State 8-0 in five innings, LHU's pitcher Kristin Erb threw a perfect game
California (Pa.) over Shippensburg 3-2 in 17 innings
SCHWEIKERT’S GAME WINNING HIT ADVANCES ‘PHINS IN NCAA REGIONAL
SYRACUSE, NY – Junior Kelly Schweikert (Rochester, NY / Spencerport) was 3-for 4 with three RBI’s and a home run to lead top-seeded Le Moyne to a 3-2 victory over Dominican in the first round of the NCAA East Regional. With the win, Dolphins move on to face #4-seed Caldwell on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Dominican will face #5 Dowling in an elimination game at noon.
Ranked #12 in the nation in the latest coaches’ poll, Le Moyne (41-10) struck early with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Freshman Kelcie Cashel (Lacona, NY / Sandy Creek) opened the game with a single through the left side and advanced on a Dominican defensive miscue. Schweikert connected for the first of her three hits on the day to drive in Cashel from second, giving Le Moyne the early advantage.
Sophomore Jenna Vanacore (Hicksville, NY / Holy Trinity) dominated the eighth-seeded Chargers early en route to earning her 20th win of the season. Through the first six innings, Vanacore struck out four batters and retired 17 straight batters after yielding two early singles.
Following a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth by Schweikert, Vanacore retired the first two batters in Dominican’s last licks. Catcher Nicole Scarillo gave the Chargers life with a home run over the center field wall to cut the Dolphin lead to 2-1. Jamie Ollari kept the rally going doubling to right center. With two outs, Vanacore induced a pop up by Danielle Garrison, but freshman shortstop Barb Shea (Clifton Park, NY / Shenendehowa) lost the ball in the sun that allowed Ollari to come around to score the game-tying run.
In the bottom of the seventh, Le Moyne put two runners via fielding errors. Danielle VanGorder (Vestal, NY / Vestal) loaded the bases on a bunt single down the third base line. Schweikert, who drove in all three Dolphin runs, drove a 0-1 offering from Katrina Pistilli over the centerfielder's head to plate the game winning run.
Hawaii Pacific Gets Past UC-San Diego
ST. GEORGE, Utah – Krystal Plunkett and Ciera Senas each drove in a run to lead Hawaii Pacific to a 2-1 win over California-San Diego in the opening round of the NCAA West Region Division II softball tournament on Friday.
Plunkett singled to drive in Senas, who had singled, for the Sea Warriors’ first run in the first inning. Senas singled home Laine Saikuma, aboard on a walk, in the third.
The Tritons scored their lone run in the fifth inning when Jenn Habib singled in Kris Lesovsky, who had walked. They had threatened in the fourth but Nicole Saari was thrown out at the plate.
Courtney Kessell was the winning pitcher, allowing just four hits in four-and-one-third innings of work. Sherise Musquiz scattered three hits in two-and-two-thirds innings of relief.
Coach Bryan Nakasone said he wasn’t surprised that his No. 2-seeded team had such a close game against the No. 7-seeded Tritons.
“I think there are about 15 of the 20 teams in the West that are all very competitive, all about equal.”
Kessell said familiarity with Dixie State’s ballpark didn’t hurt. The Sea Warriors played there in league play.
“We knew the conditions here and that it would be an advantage,” Kessell said. “The Pac West is represented well. We do have a strong conference.”
Hawaii Pacific (36-10) advanced to an 11 a.m. MST game on Saturday while UC San Diego (29-22) will play at 1:30 p.m. game. Dixie State College of Utah met Cal State Monterey Bay in the second game on Friday.