May 8, 2009

Beverly, Massachusetts First-Round Site
Game #1 – Thursday, 10 a.m. – Tufts 17, Husson 1
Game #2 – Thursday, noon – Emerson 5, Endicott 1
Game #3 – Thursday, 2 p.m. – Coast Guard 3, Bridgewater State 1
Game #4 – Thursday, 4 p.m. – Springfield College 5, Rhode Island 2
Game #5 – Friday, 10 a.m. – Endicott 11, Husson 6
Game #6 – Friday, noon – Rhode Island 7, Bridgewater State 2
Game #7 – Friday, 2 p.m. – Tufts 3, Emerson 1 (9 inn.)
Game #8 – Friday, 4 p.m. – Coast Guard vs. Springfield

 


Bloomington, Illinois First-Round Site
Game #1 – Thursday, 10 a.m. – Coe 4, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 1
Game #2 – Thursday, noon – Alma 4, Concordia Wis. 1
Game #3 – Thursday, 2 p.m. – Illinois Wesleyan 1, St. Norbert 0
Game #4 – Thursday, 4 p.m. – Wisconsin-Eau Claire 5, Wisconsin-Whitewater 1
Game #5 – Friday, 10 a.m. – Concordia Wis. 6, St. Norbert 3
Game #6 – Friday, noon – Illinois Wesleyan 6, Alma 3
Game #7 – Friday, 2 p.m. – UW-Whitewater 1, Coe 0
Game #8 – Friday, 4 p.m. – Concordia Wis. vs. Alma
Game #9 – Saturday, 10 a.m. – Wisconsin-Whitewater vs. Wisconsin-Eau Claire

 


Greencastle, Indiana First-Round Site
Game #1 – Thursday, 10 a.m. – Defiance 1, Trine 0
Game #2 – Thursday, noon – Thomas More 4, Adrian 3 (10 inn.)
Game #3 – Thursday, 2 p.m. – DePauw 2, Hiram 1
Game #4 – Thursday, 4 p.m. – Ohio Northern 4, Trine 3 (9 inn.)
Game #5 – Friday, 10 a.m. – Hiram 2, Adrian 1
Game #6 – Friday, noon – DePauw 2, Thomas More 0
Game #7 – Friday, 2 p.m. – Ohio Northern 8, Defiance 5
Game #8 – Friday, 4 p.m. – Thomas More vs. Hiram
Game #9 – Saturday, 10 a.m. – DePauw vs. Ohio Northern

 


Indianola, Iowa First-Round Site
Game #1 – Thursday, noon – Webster 3, St. Thomas 1
Game #2 – Thursday, 2 p.m. – Wartburg 5, Wisconsin-La Crosse 4
Game #3 – Thursday, 4 p.m. – Luther 1, Washington-St. Louis 0
Game #4 – Thursday, 6 p.m. – Gustavus Adolphus 11, Central 4
Game #5 – Friday, 11 a.m. – St. Thomas 5, Wisconsin-La Crosse 3
Game #6 – Friday, 1 p.m. – Washington -St. Louis 5, Central 0
Game #7 – Friday, 3 p.m. – Webster 1, vs. Wartburg 0
Game #8 – Friday, 5 p.m. – Luther vs. Gustavus Adolphus

 


Ithaca, New York First-Round Site
Game #1 – Thursday, 10 a.m. – Buffalo State 5, Penn State-Behrend 2
Game #2 – Thursday, noon – Keuka 10, St. John Fisher 2 (5 inn.)
Game #3 – Thursday, 2 p.m. – Rochester 4, King's 0
Game #4 – Thursday, 4 p.m. – Cortland State 1, Penn State-Behrend 0
Game #5 – Friday, 10 a.m. – St. John Fisher 4, King's 3
Game #6 – Friday, noon – Rochester 10, Keuka 2 (5 inn.)
Game #7 – Friday, 2 p.m. – Cortland State 3, Buffalo State 0
Game #8 – Friday, 4 p.m. – St. John Fisher 7, Keuka 6
Game #9 – Saturday, 10 a.m. – Rochester vs. Cortland State
Game #10 – Saturday, noon – Buffalo State vs. St. John Fisher

 


Mahwah, New Jersey First-Round Site
Game #1 – Thursday, 10 a.m. – Messiah 4, Staten Island 0
Game #2 – Thursday, noon – Moravian 4, Eastern Connecticut 1
Game #3 – Thursday, 2 p.m. – Rowan 7, Farmingdale St. 1
Game #4 – Thursday, 4 p.m. – William Paterson 9, Muhlenberg 2
Game #5 – Friday, 11 a.m. – Eastern Connecticut 7, Staten Island 0
Game #6 – Friday, 1 p.m. – Farmingdale St. 4, Muhlenberg 1
Game #7 – Friday, 3 p.m. – Messiah 3, Moravian 0
Game #8 – Friday, 5 p.m. – Rowan vs. William Paterson
Game #9 – Saturday, 10 a.m. – Farmingdale St. vs. Moravian

 


Marshall, Texas First-Round Site
Game #1 – Thursday, noon – UT Tyler 2, Redlands 1
Game #2 – Thursday, 2 p.m.  – ETBU 9, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 0
Game #3 – Thursday, 4 p.m. – Louisiana College 4, La Verne 3 (9 inn.)
Game #4 – Thursday, 6 p.m. – Linfield 8, Redlands 5
Game #5 – Friday, noon – La Verne 4, Claremont- Mudd-Scripps 0
Game #6 – Friday, 2 p.m. – ETBU 1, Louisiana College 0
Game #7 – Friday, 4 p.m. – Linfield vs. Texas-Tyler
Game #8 – Friday, 6 p.m. –

 


Salisbury, Maryland First-Round Site
Game #1 – Thursday, 10 a.m. – Christopher Newport 3, Bridgewater (Va.) 2
Game #2 – Thursday, noon – Emory 1, LaGrange 0
Game #3 – Thursday, 2 p.m. – Neumann 3, Salisbury 0
Game #4 – Friday, 9 a.m. – Bridgewater (Va.) 2, Lynchburg 1
Game #5 – Friday, 11 a.m. – Salisbury 3,  LaGrange 1
Game #6 – Friday, 1 p.m. – Emory 6, Neumann 0
Game #7 – Friday, 3 p.m. – Lynchburg 1, Christopher Newport 0
Game #8 – Friday, 5 p.m. – Salisbury 8, Neumann 0
Game #9 – Saturday, 10 a.m. – Lynchburg vs. Bridgewater (Va.)
Game #10 – Saturday, noon – Christopher Newport vs. Salisbury

 

 


 

 MESSIAH AND WILLIAM PATERSON ADVANCE IN WINNERS BRACKET

Hiram Sends Adrian Home

Greencastle, Ind. —  Seventh-seed Hiram scored both of its runs in the second inning and made it hold up in 2-1 victory over third-seed Adrian in game five of the first round of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship.

The Terriers improved to 27-15 with the win, while Adrian was eliminated from the tournament and finished the season at 34-8. Hiram returns to action at 4 p.m. when it takes on the loser of the DePauw-Thomas More game.

Adrian took a 1-0 lead in the first as Krissy Sheets led off the game with a walk and moved to second on Sarah Hall's sacrifice bunt. Holly Lowe singled Sheets to third and Sheets scored when Lowe attempted to steal and the throw to second was off the mark.

Chastine Romanello led off the Hiram second with a single and Ashley Crowder entered as a pinch-runner. Rosie Frank's sacrifice bunt moved Crowder to second and Heidi Gipson's single to left advanced her to third. Marlene Smith entered as a pinch-runner for Gipson and stole second. Ashley Pike was hit by a pitch and Kristen Cooney delivered a two-out single through the right side which scored both runs.

Stephaine Zunic led Hiram with two of its five hits, while Lowe had three of Adrian's eight and Katie Adams added two.

 


 

DePauw Too Much For Thomas More

Greencastle, Ind. —  Megan Soultz allowed just a sixth inning single to Lisa Wiesman and led second-seed and 15th-ranked DePauw to a 2-0 win over sixth-seed Thomas More in a winner's bracket game in the first round of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship.

DePauw will play again on Saturday at 10 a.m. against the winner of today's Defiance-Thomas More game. The Saints face Hiram in today's 4 p.m. elimination game.The Tigers improved to 30-7, while the Saints dropped to 35-10.


Soultz retired the first 15 batters she faced before Weisman's sixth-inning leadoff single and recorded her 12th shutout of the year. She also extended her streak of consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to 59 2/3 innings.

The Tigers started the scoring in the fourth as Rachel Gill led off with a double to left and advanced to third on Jen Kosinski's sacrifice bunt. Ashlee Anton's sacrifice fly plated Gill and gave DePauw a 1-0 lead.

In the fifth, Rachel MacBeth singled down the left field line and moved to second on Chelsy Patterson's sacrifice bunt. She moved to third on Emma Minx's grounder and scored on Gill's single to right center.

Brianne Weeks led DePauw with three of their nine hits, while Gill and MacBeth had two each.

Soultz improved to 27-7 with the win, while Dana Bors dropped to 16-2.

Whitney Dropsey improved to 18-9 and allowed just one unearned run, while Kelly Eberhardt dropped to 10-4.

 


 

Perry’s Six-RBI Day Advances Rhode Island College

BEVERLY, Mass. – Rhode Island College’s Amanda Perry (New Bedford, Mass.) drove in six runs, including a grand-slam that helped advance the Anchorwomen past Bridgewater State College by a score of 7-2 on day two of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship Regionals held on the campus of Endicott College.  RIC (41-6) will move on to play on Saturday and face the loser of the Tufts University and Emerson College matchup while Bridgewater State wraps up its season at 28-11 and has been eliminated from tournament play.

Both teams were held scoreless through the first two innings of play as neither offense could get anything going.  Rhode Island College finally broke through in the top half of the third inning when Perry drove in her first two runs of the contest with a towering homerun to leftfield that scored Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, R.I.) who had doubled to lead-off the inning.

RIC struck again when they came up in their next at-bat as the Anchorwomen did all their damage with the long ball. Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) led off the inning with a blast that cleared the scoreboard in left field, giving RIC the 3-0 advantage.  The Anchorwomen worked the bases loaded and with one out, and a 1-1 count, Perry hammered her second homerun of the day that cleared the bases and gave RIC a 7-0 lead.

The Bears would finally get their first hit of the day off starter Amanda Berard (Swansea, Mass.) in their half of the fifth but that would be their only baserunner until their final at-bat in the bottom of the seventh.  Facing RIC reliever Melanie Neece (Westfield, Mass.) the Bears started off the inning with a Rachael Sprague (Duxbury, Mass.) walk followed by a Stacy Capodiece (East Lyme, Conn.) single to get only their fourth baserunner of the day.  In the inning, RIC would make its only two errors of the day as an error loaded the bases for the Bears and a pair of runs would score when Panarelli’s throw sailed high as she tried to double-off the runner, allowing BSC to cut their deficit to 7-2.  Unfortunately for the Bears, Neece would force a groundout to the next batter to end the game and RIC advanced in the bracket, 7-2.

Berard picked up her 15th win of the season while giving up just one hit in five innings of work, striking out eight.  Neece pitched the final two innings while also giving up just one hit and two unearned runs while striking out four.  Perry wrapped up her day going 2-for-5 with six RBI and two runs scored.  Panerelli finished 2-for-4 with her seventh homerun of the season while Mattoon went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Alyssa Verronneau (Acushnet, Mass.) suffered the setback for the Bears as she went three innings, giving up four hits and three earned runs.  Stephanie Pierce (Worcester, Mass.) pitched the final four innings going four innings while giving up seven hits and four earned runs.  Sprague and Capodiece ended the day with both of Bridgewater State’s hits and scored both runs as well.

Rhode Island College will face the loser of the Tufts/Emerson matchup at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. 


 

Salisbury Eliminates LaGrange In NCAA Regional

SALISBURY, Md. - The second-seed Salisbury University softball team stave off elimination in the 2009 NCAA Division III tournament regional with a 3-1 victory over sixth-seed LaGrange College on Friday at the SU Softball Complex.

Salisbury (35-5), ranked No. 11 in the nation, will next turn around and play either third-seed Emory University or seventh-seed Neumann College in another elimination game this afternoon at 5 p.m.

The Sea Gulls were led offensively by junior outfielder Jen Cahall (2-for-3, one run, one RBI) who collected two of SU's five hits. Cahall drove in Salisbury's first run of the game in the second inning with a RBI-single to left field to plate SU pitcher Kelsey Mills and tie the game at 1-1. Senior outfielder Meaghan O'Gara, the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year, followed with a sacrifice fly that scored sophomore third baseman Kristin Lord.

Mills (14-2) held the Panthers (25-21) scoreless the rest of the game after LaGrange manufactured a run in the bottom of the first inning. Mills pitched the complete game where she surrendered one run on three hits, walked four and struck out five.

SU tacked on an insurance run in the top of the fifth inning when Cahall scored off a RBI-single by junior Brittany Lounge.

LaGrange pitcher Kristen Woodard (10-2) suffered the loss as she pitched five innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and walked and struck out none.

In the first game of the day, top-seed Lynchburg College (37-7-1) was upended by fourth-seed Bridgewater (Va.) College (34-10). The Eagles stun the Hornets with the 2-1 setback. Lynchburg will face fifth-seed Christopher Newport University (36-7) in the seventh game of the regional on Friday afternoon.

 


 

Washington U. Softball Defeats No. 3 Ranked Central College

Indianola, Iowa – The No. 3 seed Washington University in St. Louis softball team broke out of its hitting slump by recording 10 hits en route to a 5-0 victory over No. 2 seed and third-ranked Central College in an elimination game of the 2009 NCAA Division III Championship held at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.
       
Washington University ended its 28-inning scoreless streak in its first at-bat after being shutout the previous three games. The Bears had seven hits and scored all five runs in the first four innings of play of Central starter Megan Swingen, who entered the contest with a 16-1 overall mark.
       
The Bears, which picked secured their 25th win of the season, advanced to Saturday’s 2 p.m. contest to take on the loser of No. 8 seed Webster University and No. 4 seed Wartburg College. Washington U. (25-12) has recorded seven-straight 25-win seasons.
       
“Hitting is contagious. We struggled yesterday, but hit the ball today and set the tone early,” said Washington University head coach Leticia Pineda-Boutté.
       
Junior Megan Fieser reached on an error on the first pitch of the game, and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Alyssa Abramoski. Junior Ashton Hitchcock then lined a pitch down the left field line for a double for the first run of the game. Washington U. nearly made it 2-0 as freshman Corissa Santos singled to left with two outs, but Hitchcock was thrown out at the plate.
       
Senior Kerry Kreitman single handedly pushed the lead to 3-0 in the top of the second. She doubled down the left field line scoring junior Carter Malouf with one out, and then stole home on a double steal attempt for the third run of the game.
       
Sophomore Claire Voris cruised through the first two innings allowing just one hit and striking out four. In the bottom of the third inning, the Dutch put the first two runners on base with one out. They moved over to second and third on a sacrifice fly, and then Voris got No. 3 hitter Ryann Engholm on a pop-up to end the inning.
       
The Bears put the first three runners on in the top of the fourth as Malouf, junior Caitlyn Hoffman and Kreitman each singled to center to load the bases with no one out. Voris grounded out scoring Malouf for the fourth run of the game, and then Voris reached on a fielder’s choice scoring Hoffman to push the lead to 5-0.
       
Voris (17-6) kept Central off balance the entire game and retired 11-straight batters after a walk with one out in the third inning before the leadoff hit in the seventh. She finished the contest allowing five hits while striking out eight and walking one.
       
“She was equally impressive today as yesterday,” said Pineda-Boutté on Voris’ performance. “We were prepared for their hitters and any successful pitcher has to keep them off balance and guessing, and she did that today.”
       
Abramoski, Kreitman and Malouf each recorded two hits in the victory for the Bears. Washington U.’s defense was solid again as they did not commit an error for the seventh-straight game and ninth in the last 10 games played.
       
“We have been hitting the ball hard, but not getting rewarded,” said Kreitman. “We have not played a complete game for a while and today we put it all together.”

 


 

Tufts Holds Off Emerson In Extra-Innings Thriller

BEVERLY, Mass. – Tufts’ Danielle Lopez (Danvers, Mass.) sent a two-run homerun to left-centerfield in the top of the ninth inning to propel the top-seeded Jumbos to a 3-1 win over fifth-seeded Emerson in NCAA Regional Tournament play on Friday afternoon in Beverly, Mass. The win improves the Jumbos’ record to a remarkable 40-1 and 2-0 in tournament play.

After five innings of scoreless softball, Tufts got on board first when Emerson committed consecutive throwing errors to open the door for the Jumbos. Samantha Kuhles (Somerville, N.J.) dropped down a sacrifice bunt, only to have Nikki Battaglia (Freehold, N.J.) airmail the throw to first allowing Laura Chapman (Seattle, Wash.) to score from second to take the 1-0 lead.

The Lions roared back in the home half of the sixth as Emerson’s Bridget Farago (Oneonta, N.Y.) broke up Izzie Santone’s (Madison, Conn.) no-hit bid, reaching on an infield single. Kuhles made a diving stop on Farago’s hot shot to the right side, but Farago beat the throw to first by half a step. After the Emerson base runner stole second, Kendall Pieguss (Suquamish, Wash.) singled up the middle to knot the game at 1-1.

Emerson had a chance to win the game in the seventh inning but could not capitalize off what appeared to be a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt. Lynn Herman (Boca Raton, Fla.) got the threat started as she reached on a Tufts’ error, and was promptly replaced with pinch-runner Jordan Newell (Palm City, Fla.). Lions’ pitcher Kelsey Tuthill (Middlefield, Conn.) bunted the freshman over to second as the Tufts defense retired Tuthill at first, 5-4. As the throw made its way to first to put out Tuthill, Jordan Newell took two steps off second base, leaning towards third. The miscue caught the eye of the Jumbos’ defense where they threw behind Newell and caught her with the tag to escape the inning unscathed.

The game would remain tied until Lopez’s two-run blast to in the top of the ninth inning put the Jumbos ahead, 3-1.  After Kuhles reached base on her second consecutive bunt single, Lopez hit the game-winning homerun to left-center field to put Tufts ahead for good.

Both pitchers went the distance as Tuthill suffered the hard-luck loss with nine strikeouts in nine innings of work. Santone struck out five batters and walked just one in the extra-innings victory. Both pitchers surrendered just four hits on the afternoon.

Tufts stays in the winner’s bracket where it will face the winner of Friday’s Coast Guard vs. Springfield College game. Emerson looks to avoid elimination as they will meet the Anchorwomen of Rhode Island College at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

 

Mahwah, NJ: #1 Messiah College and #2 William Paterson earned 3-0 and 2-1 victories respectively today on day two of the 2009 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament held at Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ. The two will face off tomorrow at 2:00pm battling for a spot in the championship game on Sunday.

In game one, senior pitcher Katie Pensiero (Stamford, CT) led her team to a 7-0 victory over the Dolphins of the College of Staten Island with a complete game, three-hit shutout, to improve to 8-2 overall on the year. Pensiero struck out three and walked three in the showing.

Eastern Connecticut put runs on the board in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Rachel Denny (East Haddam, CT) ripped a two-run homerun over the left field fence to take a 2-0 edge.

The Warriors recorded a five-run 6th inning, with runs from Kim Church (Farmington, CT), Kelly Finlay (Thomaston, CT), Alicia Mangiafico (Manchester, CT), Priscilla Alicea (Stratford, CT), and Nikki Mustin (Canterbury, CT). Church walked to lead off the inning and Alicea singled to centerfield driving in two. Denny drove in the final two runs of the inning, and the game, taking the 7-0 victory.

Denny and Findlay each went 2-3 with one run and four RBI, and one run respectively, while Mangiafico hit a perfect 1-1 with one run. Nicole Estrada (Brooklyn, NY), Joanna Tepedino (Staten Island, NY), and Michelle Ferraiuolo (Staten Island, NY) each recorded a hit for the Dolphins.

Ferraiuolo gets the loss wrapping up her season at 9-6. Ferraiuolo posted two strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched.

Eastern Connecticut advances in the tournament to tomorrow’s match-up at noon with Rowan at noon.

Farmingdale State advances to tomorrow to face #4 Moravian after defeating Muhlenberg College, 4-1 in the second match-up of the day. Heather Buckshaw (Oakdale, NY) recorded her 16th win of the year pitching five innings with three strike outs, letting up five hits and the lone Muhlenberg run. Muhlenberg’s Ashley Brewer (Somerset, NJ) gets the loss in four innings pitched, striking out six and walking three. Brewer wraps up the year at 9-10.

The Mules put a run on the board first in the 2nd inning after RiRi Ferrigno (Westville, NJ) led off with a double to center field and came home on a deep sac fly to right from Samantha Cristi (Colleyville, TX). The Rams matched the run in the bottom half of the inning when Nicole Farber (Oakdale, NY came home on an error in the infield. The game remained knotted until the 3rd inning when a run from Aubrey Walker (West Babylon, NY), who reached base on a fielder’s choice, put the Rams up, 2-1.

Farmingdales’ Kristina Cirillo (Brentwood, NY) and Kim Farraiolo (Staten Island, NY) each drove in insurance runs in the bottom half of the 5th inning, and after two runners left on by Muhlenberg in the 6th and 7th, the Rams walked away with the 4-1 victory.

Farber hit 2-3 with two runs scored while Cirillo finished the day hitting 2-3 with two RBI. Muhlenberg’s Ferrigno went 3-3 with one run in the loss.

In the #1-#4 match-up with Messiah facing Moravian College, the Falcons of Messiah came out on top after a complete-game pitching performance, and a blast from Jessica Rhoads (Dillsburg, PA), led the team to a 3-0 victory. Rhoads struck out five and walked three, letting up only three hits in the game. Moravian left six runners on base helping Rhoads to the shutout.

Rhoads’ homerun, with a full pitch count, came in the 4th inning with one out which opened the gates for two more runs to cross home plate in the same inning. Tiffany Stokes (Palmyra, PA) crossed the plate after pinch running for Lindsay Hall (Farifax, VA), who singled up the middle to reach first base, before Abby Bergakker (Grand Rapids, MI) added insurance on an Ashley Lehman (Lancaster, PA) infield single.

Rhoads recorded one-two-three 5th, 6th, and 7th innings advancing her team into tomorrow’s match-up at 2:00pm with William Paterson. Rhoads hit 1-3 with one run and one RBI while Hall and Lehman posted the two other hits in the game.

Moravian’s Maria DeBonis (Nazareth, PA) gets the loss in seven innings, letting up only three hits, falling to 14-8.

In the final game of the day, William Paterson’s Jenna Vitale () blasted her 3rd home run of the year to lead the Pioneers to a 2-1 victory over the Profs of Rowan University. William Paterson advances to play the #1 seed Messiah College tomorrow at 2:00pm while Rowan faces elimination taking on Eastern Connecticut at noon.

It was a scoreless game until the 6th inning when Jenna Vitale (Kenilworth, NJ) ripped a two-run blast over the left field fence to give the Pioneers a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the 7th, with last at bats, Ashley Landi (Vineland, NJ) ripped a ball to right field, that was missed played, allowing Julie Leskanic (West Milford, NJ) to score, who was on first base after driving a single, to close the gap, 2-1. With two outs and Brit Evanick (West Milford, NJ) on third, pinch running for Landi, Casey Roselle (Sparta, NJ) hit a ball to deep center, caught by Christina Zippler (Blackwood, NJ), to close the game in William Paterson‘s favor, 2-1.

Michele Graham (Hawthorne, NJ) earns the win in the complete game, improving to 15-5 on the year. She struck out two and walked none, letting up only three hits. Amanda Singer (Monmouth Junction, NJ) gets the loss and falls to 14-6. She pitched the complete game posting seven strike outs and one walk, letting up three hits.

Vitale hit 1-3 with one run and two RBI while Leskanic posted one hit and one run for the Profs.

 


 

NCAA Run Short For Central

INDIANOLA — These Dutch deserved better.

A memorable Iowa Conference championship season ended in disappointment for the Central College softball team, which was ousted from NCAA Division III tournament play with a 5-0 setback against Washington-St. Louis Univ. (Mo.) Friday. Central was coming back on short rest after being ousted from the winner’s bracket late Thursday night by Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) 11-4.

Washington hurler Claire Voris, among Division III’s best, struck out eight batters and limited Central to just two hits in the first six innings before settling for a five-hitter. It was Central’s only shutout loss of the year.

The game followed an all too familiar scenario for the Dutch (36-8), who committed two errors in the first two innings and found themselves trailing 3-0. Central yielded first-inning tallies in five of the last seven games. Washington (25-12) added two runs in the fourth and finished with 10 hits.

“That’s been the story down the stretch,” coach George Wares said. “We’ve been playing from behind the last six or seven games. That’s tough to come back from, especially playing the quality of teams that we did. The other thing we haven’t done recently is that we did not get clutch hits. We stranded a lot more runners than earlier in the year.”

The Dutch left 25 runners on base in the past three games, including five Friday.

Pitcher Megan Swingen (senior, Woden, Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka HS) put the wraps on her career by absorbing the loss. She allowed eight hits and two earned runs in three innings, walking none and striking out one. Still Swingen closed with a 16-2 record and a 1.43 earned run average. A gritty competitor, she was 7-0 in Iowa Conference play and was named the league’s pitcher of the year while also earning second-team all-region honors. Not bad for a player who arrived on campus four years ago virtually unknown.

“I don’t think anybody else was recruiting her,” Wares said. “It seemed like nobody thought she was a college pitcher except us.”

Swingen more than held her own, finishing with a 48-21 career mark.Bears rally past Pride

 


Bears Rally Past Pride 

BEVERLY, Mass. – Coast Guard Academy used a three-run third inning and back-to-back homeruns by Courtney Wolf (Fredericksburg, Md.) and Colleen Denny (Clarence, N.Y.) in the fifth inning to erase a 3-0 deficit and defeat Springfield College, 7-4 on Friday evening on the campus of Endicott College at the NCAA Division III Softball Beverly, Mass. First Round Tournament.  The Bears (38-5-1) will move on to face Tufts University tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. while the Pride (21-23) have drawn hosts Endicott College in a game at 12:00 p.m.

Springfield built an early lead right off the bat as the Pride scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning for an early 3-0 lead.  The Pride loaded the bases with a pair of singles and a walk and scored their first run on a Bryn Worrilow (North Babylon, N.Y.) sacrifice fly.  The Pride added another run on an RBI single by Amanda Novak (Cos Cob, Conn.) while Laura Riccio (Bristol, Conn.) showed patience at the plate and worked a bases-loaded walk to drive in the final run of the inning.

The Bears would get on the board in the top of the third as Annette Boston (Oceanside, Calif.) scored on an error and Wolf drove in her first two runs of the day with an RBI single through the left side.  Coast Guard added a single run in the fourth as Jeannie Crump (Roseville, Calif.) had a sacrifice fly to take the 4-3 lead for the Bears.

In the fifth inning, Wolf and Denny did their damage as Wolf sent a rocket over the fence in left field followed by Denny’s blast off the rock façade in left centerfield.  Coast Guard added one more run in the seventh while the Pride added one in their half of the inning but it would not be enough as the Bears finished off their comeback with a 7-4 victory

Hayley Feindel (River Ridge, La.) picked up her 33rd win of the season by going seven innings, giving up four runs (three earned) and striking out 10 Pride batters.  Boston, Crump, Wolf, and Denny each had two hits apiece for the Bears while Wolf drove in three and scored a pair of runs.

Samantha Rhodes (Mendon, Mass.) drops to 13-11 this season by going four innings and giving up six runs on 10 hits.  Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, N.J.) led the Pride by going 3-for-4 with a run scored while Novak finished 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Coast Guard will face off against Tufts at 2:00 p.m. while the Pride of Springfield College will play Endicott at 12:00 p.m.
 


Ohio Northern Scores Three In Top Of Seventh

Greencastle, Ind. — Top-seed and fourth-ranked Ohio Northern scored three runs in the top of the seventh and advanced in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship first-round winner's bracket with an 8-5 win over fifth-seed Defiance.

The Polar Bears improved to 37-3 with the win and will play second-seed and 15th-ranked DePauw on Saturday morning. Defiance dropped to 29-15 and will play the winner of the Thomas More-Hiram game which was halted later in the evening due to darkness.

With the game tied, 5-5, after six innings Tina Mangola led off the seventh with a single and scored on Danielle Goubeaux's double. Jackie Mangola's single scored Goubeaux and Katie Cretin's base hit plated Mangola.

Ohio Northern jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first as Mandi Fought led off the game with a double, moved to third on Liz  Decima's sacrifice bunt and scored on Tina Mangola's sacrifice fly to right.

Defiance struck back in the bottom of the first as Amanda Auzins led off with an infield single and went to third on Tasha Stucke's single. Marah Robinson drove in both with a double to right.

The Polar Bears regained the lead in the second when Cassie Gaye reached on an error and Jackie Mangola followed with a two-run homer to center.

Auzins led off the Defiance third with a homer to left center before Aarika Davis singled, Stucke walked and Melanie Bushman reached on a bunt single. Robinson drew a bases loaded walk which scored Davis and Kayla Crager singled home Stucke to give the Yellow Jackets a 5-3 lead.

Goubeaux's bases loaded single in the fifth trimmed the lead to 5-4 before Fought's groundout scored Jackie Mangola who reached on an error to lead off the inning.

Ohio Northern totaled 11 hits paced by two each from Fought, Tina Mangola, Goubeaux, Jackie Mangola and Cretin. Jackie Mangola scored three and drove in three in the win. Auzins and Bushman each had two of Defiance's nine hits and Robinson drove in three.

Courtney Cash improved to 26-1 with the win, while Kelly Schnipke dropped to 10-5.