May 9, 2009

Friday Region-By-Region Results

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 3, Moravian 1

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

Rhode Island's Berard Hurls No-Hitter To Send Anchorwomen On

BEVERLY, Mass. – In a pitcher’s duel between Rhode Island College’s Amanda Berard (Swansea, Mass.) and Emerson College’s Kelsey Tuthill (Middlefield, Conn.) the Anchorwomen walked away on top, 1-0, courtesy of a solo homerun by Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, R.I.) in game one of the third day of the Beverly, Mass. NCAA First Round Tournament.  RIC (42-6) will move on to face the winner of Endicott College and Springfield College who play in the 12:00 p.m. game today.  Emerson closes out its season at 33-11 overall despite the strong pitching efforts of Tuthill.

Neither team produced much offense throughout the game as no one reached base until the bottom of the second inning when Rhode Island College’s Laura Kostenblatt (Keene, N.H.) singled through the right side to start the inning.  The next batter was hit by a pitch and both runners were sacrificed into scoring position but the Anchorwomen were held scoreless as Tuthill induced a popout to herself to end the threat.

Emerson received its first baserunner of the day when Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, Conn.) dropped a third strike, allowing Jess Silva (Somerset, Mass.) to reach.  Megan Kaye (Miami, Fla.) came in to pinch run and was sacrificed over to second, however Berard would not allow her to go any further, forcing a Catie McDonough (North Adams, Mass.) groundout to end the inning.

Both pitchers cruised through the next two innings of play until Mattoon came to bat in the bottom of the fifth.  On a 2-2 pitch, Mattoon took the next offering and hammered a solo-homerun over the scoreboard in leftfield to give the Anchorwomen the 1-0 lead.  That would be all Berard would need as she cruised through the final two innings, inducing four groundouts, a popout, and striking out the final batter she faced to advance Rhode Island College.

Berard pitched seven innings, giving up no runs, no hits, and striking out seven en route to her 16th win of the season.  Mattoon’s homerun was the sixth of the season while she went 1-for-2 on the day.  Amanda Perry (New Bedford, Mass.), and Kostenblatt picked up the other two hits for RIC.

Kelsey Tuthill was the tough-luck loser as she went six innings, giving up one run on just three hits while also striking out seven.  Unfortunately for the Lions, Berard did not allow a baserunner past second base for the entire game as the only runner to reach was Silva in the third inning.

The Anchorwomen will now face the winner of Endicott and Springfield in the final game of the day on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.


Weis' Two Run Shot In Extras Sends Thomas More On After Rain Delay

Greencastle, Ind. —  In a resumption of last evening's game which was halted after nine innings due to darkness, Thomas More's Jennifer Weis blasted a two-run homer in the top of the 10th lifting the Saints to a 13-11 win over Hiram in the first round of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship.

Steph Stadtmiller led off the 10th with a single before Weis lifted the homer to just right of center into a stiff wind.

The Saints improved to 36-10 with the win and play Defiance at Noon today. Hiram finishes its season at 27-16.

Hiram got off to a strong start with five runs in the bottom of the first with the last three coming on Heidi Gipson's three-run homer to left. The Saints tied the score at 5-5 with three in the second and two in the fourth. They then took the lead with three more in the fifth on four doubles to take an 8-5 advantage.

Gipson's run-scoring single in the fifth closed the gap to 8-6, but Brittany Wegman's two-run blast in the sixth pushed Thomas More's lead to 10-6.

Hiram closed the margin to 10-9 with three unearned runs in the sixth and tied the game in the seventh on Stephanie Zunic's two-out, two-strike single which scored Gipson.

The Saints scored in the top of the eighth on Wegman's two-out single which brought home Stadtmiller. Gipson's two-out, two-strike single brought home Whitney Dropsey with the game-tying run.

Thomas More totaled 9 hits as Stadtmiller and Wiesman each had four. Weis and Ladenburger each had three with Wegman and Kim Prahl adding a pair apiece.Ladenburger drove in five in the win.

Hiram finished with 18 hits led by Gipson's four and three each from Samuel and Dropsey. Zunic, Frank and Cooney each had two.

Ladenburger improved to 17-6, while Sarah Padilla dropped to 6-6. Dana Bors pitched a scoreless 10th and picked up her first save.

The teams combined for 37 hits which broke the Division III  Championship record for two team combined. The old mark was 34 by Linfield and Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2007.


Blewett's Grand Slam Sends No. 4 Ohio Northern To 5-3 Win Over DePauw

GREENCASTLE, Ind. - Kim Blewett's first-inning grand slam provided the margin that top-seed and fourth-ranked Ohio Northern needed in a 5-3 win over second-seed and 15th-ranked DePauw in NCAA Division III Softball Championship first-round play.

The Polar Bears improved to 38-3 and advanced to Sunday's noon championship game, while the Tigers dropped to 30-8 and return to action later this afternoon when they face the winner of the Defiance-Thomas More game.

The Polar Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first as Mandi Fought led off with a walk and stole second. Tina Mangola followed with an infield single and Danielle Goubeaux loaded the bases with a single through the left side. Blewett then ripped a grand slam into the wind and over the fence in left center giving Ohio Northern a 4-0 lead.

Ashlee Anton led off the second with a single and advanced to second when  the throw to second on Kelly Schwerzler's sacrifice bunt was not in time. Carolyn Bartlett then reached on an error of a sacrifice bunt attempt and Chelsy Patterson's sacrifice fly scored Cymone Allen who ran for Anton.

The Tigers closed the gap to 4-3 in the third as Emma Minx doubled and scored when Rachel Gill's grounder went through the legs of the Polar Bears third baseman. Schwerzler lifted a two-out fly ball to left which went off the left fielder's glove allowing Gill to score.

Fought walked in the seventh and stole second before Tina Mangola singled her to third and Goubeaux delivered a single to left scoring Fought and giving Ohio Northern a 5-3 lead.


DePauw left seven runners stranded including two each in the second, fourth and seventh innings. The Tigers put two on in the seventh before Anton hit a hard liner to center for the game's final out.

The Polar Bears totaled eight hits as Tina Mangola had three with Danielle Goubeaux and Blewett adding two each. Patterson had two of the Tigers' six hits.

Courtney Cash improved to 27-1 with the win and none of her three runs allowed were earned. Megan Soultz suffered the loss and dropped to 27-8.


Defiance Rallies In Third And Fourth To Drop Thomas More In Losers' Bracket

Greencastle, Ind. —  Fifth-seed Defiance scored three in the third and five in the fourth and advanced in the loser's bracket of the first round of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship following an 8-2 win over sixth-seed Thomas More.

Defiance improved to 30-15 and faces second-seed DePauw later this afternoon. The Saints wrapped up their season at 36-11.

Allison Ramsay led off the third with a triple and scored on Aarika Davis' single. Mallory Faling drove in Tasha Stucke and Melanie Bushman with a single to left center and gave the Yellow Jackets a 3-0 lead.

Ramsay again left off the fourth with single and later scored on Stucke's sacrifice fly. Faling's bases loaded single made it 5-0 before Kayla Crager drove in two with a single. Stephanie Lieto's double plated Faling and pushed the lead to 8-0.

The Saints' lone runs came in the bottom of the fourth when Kim Prahl hit a two-run homer.

Defiance totaled 15 hits led by Davis' four and three from Faling. Ramsay totaled a pair, while Faling drove in three. Steph Stadtmiller had two of Thomas More's nine hits.

Justine Johnston improved to 19-9 with the win, while Dana Bors dropped to 16-3.


No. 15 DePauw Drops Fifth-Seeded Defiance, 7-0

Greencastle, Ind. — Second-seed and 15th-ranked DePauw scored three each in the fourth and fifth innings and blanked fifth-seed Defiance by a 7-0 score.

The Tigers improved to 31-8 and face Ohio Northern at Noon on Sunday. DePauw needs to top the Polar Bears twice in order to advance to the Division III finals at Montclair State. Defiance ended its season at 30-16.

DePauw loaded the bases in the fourth before Carolyn Bartlett singled home Jen Kosinski and Rachel MacBeth walked to score Ashlee Anton. Chelsy Patterson followed with a single to right which plated Kelly Schwerzler.

Emma Minx led off the fifth with a single, moved to second on an illegal pitch and scored on Rachel Gill's single. Kosinski followed with a two-run homer to left. The Tigers' final run came in the seventh as Minx singled and scored on Kosinski's triple.

Kosinski had three of DePauw's nine hits and drove in three in the win, while Minx had two hits. Four different Tigers had one hit apiece.

Megan Soultz improved to 28-8 with her second shutout of the tournament and allowed just four hits while striking out six. Justine Johnston dropped to 19-10 with the loss


Springfield's Atkins Lifts Pride To Win Over Rhode Island

BEVERLY, Mass. – Springfield’s Angela Atkins (East Haddam, Conn.) turned on a 2-2 offering from Rhode Island College’s Jenna Deveines (Lowville, N.Y.) and deposited a two-run walk-off homerun to left field to lift the seventh-seeded Pride past the second-seeded Anchorwomen in NCAA First Round competition in Beverly, Mass. on Saturday. The win, which remarkable evens Springfield’s record to 23-23, advances the Pride into a Sunday showdown with Coast Guard at noon. The winner of that game will advance to the sectional finals against Tufts at 2:00 p.m.

The Anchorwomen were first on the board as sophomore Chelsea Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) hit a leadoff homerun to dead centerfield to give Rhode Island College as 1-0 lead. Springfield knotted the game at 1-1 in the fourth as Bryn Worrilow (North Babylon, N.Y.) doubled to left center, followed by a sacrifice fly to right from Tess Gagliano (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.) to plate a tagging Worrilow from third.

The score would remain tied all the way until the bottom of the seventh, where the Pride would once again provide last-inning heroics. Just like teammate Amanda Novak (Cos Cob, Conn.) did against Endicott earlier in the day, Angela Atkins drove a homerun to left field to lead the Pride to the victory. Gagliano singled to centerfield to get the rally started, followed by consecutive sacrifice bunts to put Gagliano on third with two outs. The move, which seemed to be a gamble at the time due to the fact that Springfield had just five hits on the day and was now banking on one in the seventh, came through in the biggest of ways as Atkins connected on the two-run walk-off round-tripper.

The win evens the Springfield record to 23-23 overall, while Rhode Island College ends its campaign with an impressive 42-7 ledger. The Pride, who are seeded seventh in the tournament, advance on to meet Coast Guard at 12:00 noon for the right to play Tufts University in the sectional finals.


Novak's 2-Run Home Run Moves Pride On

BEVERLY, Mass. – Springfield sophomore Amanda Novak (Cos Cob, Conn.) connected on the first pitch of her seventh-inning at bat, cranking a two-run homerun to centerfield to lift the seventh-seeded seeded Pride past fourth-seeded Endicott, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon in Beverly, Mass. The win advances Springfield (22-23) into Saturday’s late game against Rhode Island College, while the loss eliminates Endicott, who ends its season at 38-9.

The Gulls jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead as senior Casey Shanley (Billerica, Mass.) laced a triple off the right field wall, eventually scoring on an RBI bunt single from TCCC Player of the Year Merry MacDonald (Braintree, Mass.). The Pride would escape any further damage as Samantha Rhodes (Mendon, Mass.) got catcher Meghan Sargent (Salisbury, Mass.) to pop up behind home plate, and then got Hayley Hovhanessian (Farmington, Conn.) to ground out to second.

Springfield got on the board in the top of the fourth as the Pride worked a pinch-hit walk, followed by a sacrifice bunt and then a single by Angela Atkins (East Haddam, Conn.) to put runners on the corners with two outs. The follow batter, Amanda Lyons (Eastchester, N.Y.) delivered as she cleared the bases with a two RBI double to center, putting SC ahead, 2-1.

Endicott responded with a single run in both the fourth in the fifth inning, with the go-ahead run coming off a solo homerun to left by junior Jenna Lazar (Milton, Mass.). The shortstops round-tripper just cleared the fence, as it bounced off the protective barrier around the outfield wall and settled safely on the other side.

The 3-2 lead held up until the top of the seventh, that is until the feel-good story of the tournament struck again. Springfield, the only sub-.500 team in the entire field, led off the frame with a Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, N.J.) single up the middle, setting the stage for Amanda Novak. Novak wasted no time coming through with the heroics, as she belted the first Jenna Bortolotti (Milton, Mass.) offering to center for a two-run homerun, propelling the Pride to a come-from-behind win.


Brenneman's Clutch Single Keeps Salisbury Alive

SALISBURY, Md. - Junior catcher Lauren Brenneman delivered a clutch hit when her team needed her most when she hit the ball up the middle in the bottom of the seventh inning, with two outs, to score two runs including the game-winner. No. 11 Salisbury (37-5) won its third straight elimination game in two days as the Sea Gulls enacted revenge against Christopher Newport University with a thrilling 3-2 victory on Saturday in the NCAA Division III first-round tournament at the SU Softball Complex.

Salisbury advances to Championship Sunday where the second-seed Sea Gulls will face third-seed Emory University at Noon in another elimination game. The winner of that game will face fourth-seed Bridgewater (Va.) College with the chance to advance to the 2009 NCAA Division III Softball Championship that begins May 15 at Montclair State University.

Emory (32-11) lost its first game of the tournament on Saturday afternoon as the Bridgewater Eagles won 2-1 in 11 innings. That was the second win on the day for Bridgewater who sent home top-seed Lynchburg College with a 4-2 win on Saturday morning.

SU entered the seventh inning against fifth-seed CNU (36-8) down one, 2-1. Junior outfielder Jen Cahall (2-for-2, one run) kept a sharp eye at the plate and earned a walk against CNU pitcher Kristen Rowe (20-4). Senior outfielder Meaghan O'Gara followed and moved Cahall into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. The eventual game-winning run came to the plate in junior All-American shortstop Kelly Waskewicz (one hit, one RBI), who reached base on a fielder's choice play.

An error by the Captains, their third of the game, allowed Cahall to get to third base and Waskewicz over to second. Junior Brittany Lounge struck out swinging; Rowe's seventh of the game, as the Gulls were down to their final out of the season. Brenneman stepped to the plate and hit the two-run single up the middle of the CNU infield as Cahall and Waskewicz darted for home plate. The SU bench emptied onto the field in celebration as the victory ended CNU's season. The Captains swept a doubleheader against the Sea Gulls back on March 11. That was the last time SU lost during the regular-season as the Gulls rattled off 30 straight wins before the NCAA first-round tournament.

Christopher Newport took the early lead in the top of the fifth inning as it scored two runs off two hits. The Gulls were quick to respond as they closed the gap by one in the bottom half of the inning. Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Mills (16-2) led off the inning as she kept a sharp eye at the plate and earned the walk. Sophomore Taylor Webb came in to pinch-run for Mills and advanced to second as sophomore third baseman Kristin Lord laid down a sacrifice bunt. Cahall singled up the middle to advance Webb to third. Waskewicz took advantage of an error by the Captain's second baseman and brought in Webb.

Mills earned her third straight win in the tournament as she allowed two runs on five hits, walked three and struck out three.


Ill.-Wesleyan Advances Thanks To Three Unearned Runs

Illinois Wesleyan got three unearned runs in the top of the seventh to post a 4-1 win over Wisconsin-Whitewater at the Bloomington, Ill., First-Round NCAA Tournament game on May 9.

The Titans, now 37-4, will play Coe (36-11) at 12 p.m. Sunday, May 10 and the Kohawks would need to defeat IWU twice to prevent Illinois Wesleyan from earning a trip to the final eight at Montclair, N.J.

The winner of the Bloomington tournament will face the winner of the Salisbury (Md.) site at 5:30 p.m. (Central time) on Friday, May 15.

Teams left in that regional tourney heading into Sunday's play include the host school, Bridgewater (Va.) and Emory.

Junior second baseman Lisa Narotsky had two hits with her first home run of the year to stake IWU to a 1-0 lead in the fourth.

After the Warhawks scored a run in the sixth to tie the game, IWU came back with three in the seventh.
It started when senior Natalie Chase led off with her second hit of the game and when Kayla Mahoney laid down a sacrifice bunt, Whitewater pitcher Jessica Stang threw wildly to first base allowing Chase to go to third and Mahoney to second. After Christy Engel struck out, senior Monica Urban delivered a hit off the second base bag that scored Chase.
Urban went to second on defensive indifference and Narotsky walked to load the bases for junior shortstop Allison Ward, who grounded to first base and the throw home was dropped by the catcher to allow pinch runner #Jen Monaco# to score. Val Hackett then singled sharply to right to send Urban home.

Engel improved to 22-3 as she pitched a complete game five-hitter, striking out six and walking no one.