May 9, 2009

Friday Results

McFarland's Two-Run Shot Leads Dixie State To 5-0 Win Over Hawaii Pacific

ST. GEORGE, Utah  (NCAA) – Ashley McFarland hit a two-run home run in the first inning to spark Dixie State to a 5-0 victory over Hawaii Pacific in the second round of the NCAA Division II West Regional on Saturday.
    
Lauren Folta and Brittnie Whipple combined to scatter seven hits for the Red Storm (38-10), who advanced to Sunday’s championship game of the tournament. Hawaii Pacific (41-11) dropped into the consolation bracket.
    
McFarland’s home run followed a Shantae Hunter single. The Red Storm added a third run in the inning when Haley Schumers doubled and Kelsey Mendenhall followed with a single.
    
McFarland said the quick start was a bit of payback for the Sea Warriors, who beat the Red Storm three times in Pacific West Conference play, including once in St. George. “We all wanted to be ready to play and we were.”
    
Of her home run McFarland said, “I’m not sure what it was. I was waiting for the right pitch. It might have been a curve ball but it didn’t curve.”
    
Folta pitched out of several of jams, including bases-loaded situations in the first and second innings. Whipple pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning.
    
“I just knew my defense has got my back,” Folta said of those innings. “My defense did a great job.” She noted that Schumers made a couple of outstanding plays and that Katlyn Peters had an important diving catch in left field.
    
“Just everyone was so good,” Folta said of her defensive teammates.
    
Whipple didn’t allow a hit in her two innings of relief.
    
The Red Storm had 15 hits. Schumers led the way with three while Hunter, McFarland, Mendenhall and Breanna Egge had two each.
    
Dixie State added two insurance runs in the seventh inning. McFarland started things with a single. Schumers had a double and Mendenhall added another single.
    
“How about that?” asked Dixie State coach Beth Collett when asked her thoughts about reaching the regional championship game. “We set out the whole year that this is where we want to be.”
    
Dixie State had nearly a month between its final regular season game and the first game of the tournament. The Red Storm continued to practice although they didn’t win the conference title and weren’t assured of a tournament berth. Hawaii Pacific wasn’t assured of a berth either since the conference doesn’t have an automatic berth. However, both teams were ranked in the top eight in the region throughout the season.
    
“We worked on every part of our game and we’re ready to go,” Collett said of the break from competition. “We’d like to freeze where we are today and pick it up right there.”
    
Dixie State will play the winner of the consolation bracket at noon on Sunday with a berth in the Super-Regionals on the line.


UC-San Diego Edges Past Cal St.-Monterey Bay, 2-1 In West

ST. GEORGE, Utah (NCAA) – Jenny Habib’s two-run home run in the first inning provided the offense, but defense was the difference as California San Diego defeated California State-Monterey Bay 2-1 in the NCAA Division II West Region softball tournament on Saturday.
    
The Tritons (30-24) cut down two base runners at the plate in the seventh inning to preserve the win for Camille Gaito, who scattered 11 hits.
    
Jennifer Montez was safe on an error to open the inning. She advanced to second on Jamie Moon’s sacrifice bunt. Ashlee Trotter singled to right center, but was out at the plate when UCSD’s Kristyn Lesovsky fired a strike to catcher Nicole Saari.
    
Shae Olds then doubled for the Otters (36-27-1), but she was out at the plate on Katrin Gabriel’s throw to Saari. The loss dropped Cal State-Monterey Bay from the tournament while UC San Diego advanced to a late afternoon game against Hawaii Pacific. The winner of that game will play Dixie State in the championship game on Sunday.
    
Habib’s home run came after Lesovsky walked in the first inning. The Otters got one run back in the second. Shelair Rowell opened with a single and took second on Niki Ames’ single. Rowell scored on a single from Morales.
    
Both pitchers were tough from then on. Jessica Boyle scattered six hits in six-and-one-third innings while reliever Michelle Tating gave up one hit in two-thirds of an inning.
    
Montez, Rachelle Morales and Olds each had two hits for the Otters. Habib, Gabriel and Sarah Woofter each had two hits for the Tritons.


West Florida Eliminates Miles With 6-0 Win

Huntsville, Ala. - Miles College became the first team to be eliminated at the NCAA Division II South 1 Regional as No. 5 seed West Florida survived and advanced with a 6-0 win over the Golden Bears.

West Florida (42-17) will face Rollins in a rematch from the first round. Rollins won the first game 3-2 on a dramatic walk-off single. Miles ends their season at 24-21-1.

First baseman Shannon Miles provided the power for West Florida. She was 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI. Her first long ball, a three-run shot, highlighted a four run third inning for the Argonauts. Pitcher Jillian Lafrance went back-to-back out of the yard to give West Florida a 4-0 lead.

Miles went deep again in the seventh inning, smacking two-run shot over the center field fence to stake UWF to a 6-0 advantage.

Lafrance improved to 24-8 with the two-hit shut out. She struck out 10 in seven innings. Heather Goolsby (5-9) took the loss for Miles. She worked six innings, allowed four runs, but none earned. She struck out one and walked two.

#5 West Florida 3, #4 Rollins 2

Huntsville, Ala. - The University of West Florida (43-17) avenged a first round loss to Rollins College with a 3-2 win on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Argonauts, the No. 5 seed advances to the Region final against top seed Alabama-Huntsville. Rollins' was eliminated, ending the season with a record of 47-10.

West Florida starter Emily Burge was in trouble early as Rollins loaded the bases with a lead-off double, single and a walk. A run scored on another walk, then the Tars took a 2-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Missy Thogmartin.

The Argonauts battled back with three runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a one run lead. Catcher Kristee Wheeler started the rally with a one out single. One out later, designated player Jillian Lafrance singled to put a runner in scoring position. Outfielder Sarah Garcia got the Argonauts on the board with an RBI single. Then after Garcia and pinch runner Franny Bell pulled a double steal, Burge helped her own cause with a two-run single to give UWF a 3-2 lead.

Rollins threatened in the fifth inning, getting the first two batters to reach to lead off the inning. However, the Tars came up empty as Burge cut down the next three batters to end the threat. The Tars would only one baserunner the rest of the game.

Burge (19-9) was the winning pitcher. She allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out five and walking four. Nicole Anderson (27-6) took the loss for Rollins. She worked six innings, allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out six.

Seven different UWF players had one hit apiece. Burge had a double and two RBI, while Kat Pursell had a triple. Garcia also had an RBI for the Argonauts.

Monica Meadows and Kristina Holland each had two hits for Rollins. Meadows had a double.


Dean Leads Angelo State To 13-12 Win Over Emporia State In South Central

Sophomore Alix Dean used a bases-loaded hit in the top of the ninth inning to lift the No. 4-ranked Angelo State softball team (45-8) to a 13-12 win over Emporia State Saturday in the winner's bracket of the 2009 NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament.

The Rambelles scored 12 runs on 19 hits through five innings but did not record another hit until Dean plated junior Kristen Frye with a one-out single up the middle. Junior right-hander Chelsea Nelson (27-4) then capped the victory the bottom of the frame, striking out Hornet lead-off hitter Angela Mahan to end the game.

Angelo State freshman Sandy James opened the scoring on the third pitch of the game with her NCAA D-II leading 25th home run of the season. The long ball matched the NCAA all division freshman record for homers, equaling former Alabama star and Olympian Kelly Kretschman (1998).

The Hornets (43-15) knotted the game in the bottom of the first before ASU would take a three-run cushion, scoring two runs in the second and another in the third. Angelo State used an RBI triple by Frye to regain the lead and added a double by James to take a 3-1 lead after two. Senior Macy Baker then led off the third frame with her 13th home run of the season.

Emporia State would plate five runs in the bottom of the third frame, using five hits and two errors to nab a 6-4 lead. The Hornets got an RBI on a single by Miranda Campbell, another on a double by Ashley Brattin and runs on a single by Jenna Potter.

The Rambelles answered with three runs in the top of the fourth on a home run by Dean, her seventh of the season, but once again ESU responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame, taking back a 9-7 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, ESU tied the game with a sacrifice fly by Jennifer Dace, scoring Mahan, and then took the lead on a Rambelle. Abby Smith would later plate Campbell on a ground out to give ESU a two-run advantage.

It was then Angelo State's turn for the big inning. The Rambelles would score five runs in the top of the fifth on six hits, to take back the lead, 12-9. The Rambelles started the scoring with an RBI single by Frye, scoring junior Sarah DeMoss. Junior Nicole Smith then scored on a wild pitch to tie the game, 9-9. ASU then got RBI singles by senior Laura Lopez, Baker and Dean to take back the lead.

The Hornets would again respond, with a pair of runs on Hughes' 13th home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth and then took advantage of ASU's fifth error of the day, plating the tying run in the bottom of the sixth.

Nelson started the contest for the Rambelles but then gave way to junior April Haywood two batters into the fourth inning before re-entering to start the seventh. Nelson pitched a total of 6.0 innings and gave up five earned runs on 11 hits with five strikeouts. Haywood tossed the middle three innings and allowed two earned runs on two hits.

Baker led the offensive charge going 4-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored and drew two walks. Frye went 3-for-4, Lopez went 3-for-5 and Dean went 3-for-6. Dean led the Rambelles with five RBI.

For ESU, Jennifer Heerey (20-8) was handed the loss as she tossed the final 4.2 innings in relief of starter Megan Dennis. Dennis threw the first 4.1 innings, allowing eight earned runs on 14 hits with six strikeouts. Heerey gave up four earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts and four walks. Jill Peters led ESU with a 3-for-5 performance with two RBI and a run scored.

The Rambelles will now advance to the tournament title game 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Hornets will play against 7 p.m. Saturday against the winner of the Nebraska-Omaha/St. Edward's game.


No. 12 Le Moyne Edges Past Caldwell To Advance To Sunday's Regional Championship Game

SYRACUSE, NY – The top-seeded and 12th ranked Le Moyne Dolphins defeated Caldwell 2-1 on the second day of the NCAA Division II Softball East Regional, advancing to Sunday’s championship game. Le Moyne (42-10) was led by NE-10 Player of the Year Jennifer Farrelly’s (Latham, NY / Shaker) three-inning save and the eventual game winning RBI.

Despite allowing six hits in four innings of work, sophomore Jenna Vanacore (Hicksville, NY / Holy Trinity) earned her 21st win of the season.

Le Moyne broke through in the third inning as Caitlin O’Neill (Pittsford, NY / Our Lady of Mercy) opened the frame with a double down the left field line. Pinch running for O’Neill, Kate Waltman (Alplaus, NY / Niskayuna) advanced to third on a ground ball to the right side. Freshman Kelcie Cashel (Lacona, NY / Sandy Creek) pushed across Le Moyne’s first run as she legged out an infield single to score Waltman.

The Dolphins added one more run in the fourth inning when junior Kelly Schweikert (Rochester, NY / Spencerport) reached on a Caldwell error. After moving over on a fielder’s choice and wild pitch, Farrelly drove a sacrifice fly to the centerfield warning track to easily score Schweikert from third.

On in relief, the Cougars scrapped for one run in the fifth inning. With runners on first and second, Kelly Ryan scored from second on a Dolphin defensive miscue on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Gina Capardi. Farrelly recorded the final two outs of the inning to hold the 2-1 advantage.

Caldwell’s best opportunity to tie the game came in the bottom of the seventh. The Cougars loaded the bases before Farrelly struck out Marisa Tamez swinging to deliver the win for the Dolphins. With her 10th save of her career, Farrelly sets the Le Moyne record for saves in a career.

With the win, the Dolphins advance to the championship round of the East Regional at noon on Sunday. Le Moyne will face Caldwell once more after the Cougars defeated Dowling 7-6 in 11 innings of an elimination game.

Le Moyne 3 Caldwell 2
Score by Innings                     R H E
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Caldwell.............. 000 010 0 - 1 10 1
Le Moyne............ 001 100 X - 2 3 1
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Win - Vanacore (21-3). Loss - Puildo (18-7). Save - Farrelly (1).
E - Genovese; Farrelly(3). LOB - Caldwell 10; Le Moyne 2. 2B - Capardi;
O'Neill(10). HBP - Genovese. SF - Farrelly(1). SB - Capardi.


Hawaii Pacific Beats UCSD On Strength Of Two 2-Run HR's

ST. GEORGE, Utah (NCAA) – Maile Kim and Krystal Plunkett both had two-run home runs as Hawaii Pacific defeated California-San Diego 4-3 in the NCAA West Region softball tournament on Saturday.
    
With the victory the Sea Warriors (42-11) advanced to the championship game against Dixie State at noon MDT on Sunday. The Red Storm beat their Pacific West Conference rivals 5-0 earlier in the day.
    
Hawaii Pacific took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Cierra Senas walked and Kim homered. UC-San Diego (30-25) battled back with two runs in its half of the inning, then took a 3-2 lead in the third.
    
The Tritons’ runs in the first came on a single from Amanda Eliades, Jenni Habib’s walk, a single from Nicole Saari and Sarah Woofter’s single. They got the go-ahead run in the third when Eliades and Habib both walked and Allison May singled.
    
That’s the way things remained until the sixth. Casey Sugihard was safe on an error and Plunkett followed with a home run over the left field wall.
    
Sherise Musquiz outdueled Camille Gaito to get the pitching win for the Sea Warriors. Musquiz gave up five hits while Gaito allowed six.
    
Kim had two of HPU’s hits. May had a pair for UCSD.


Lynch's First Homer Comes At Perfect Time As Neb.-Omaha Moves On

Ashley Lynch belted her first home run of the season with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Nebraska-Omaha to a 4-2 win over St. Edward's in the losers' bracket of the 2009 NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament.

Lynch was 0-for-2 going into the ninth inning and just a .221 hitter with just three extra base hits on the season. He two-out homer, scoring Emma Wright, boosted UNO after the Mavericks gave up two runs to St. Edward's in the top of the seventh to force the third extra-inning affair at the San Angelo tournament.

Nebraska-Omaha (44-16) scored a run each in the first and second to take a quick 2-0 lead. Jenna Dell started the scoring with a sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the first, scoring Molly Feichtinger. UNO doubled its lead the next inning on a single by Feichtinger to score Katelyn Hinton.

St. Edward's (41-21) scored two runs in the seventh on a infield single by Lexi Stephens followed by a double by Megan Bailey. The Hilltoppers concluded their season.

The Mavericks will advance to another elimination game Saturday night as they face Emporia State at 8:30 p.m.