May 10, 2009

FULL REGIONAL BRACKETS (Updated through May 10)

Friday Results
Saturday Results

Alabama-Huntsville Moves Into South Super Regional With Win Over West Florida

Huntsville, Ala. - The top-seeded Alabama-Huntsville Chargers advanced to the South Super Regional with a 5-2 win over No. 5 seed West Florida in a steady drizzle on Sunday. With the win, UAH (49-5) earned the right to host the winner of the South 2 Regional Championship between Valdosta State and Nova Southeastern on May 15-16.

In the third inning, Alabama-Huntsville had a huge opportunity to blow the game open early, loading the bases with a lead-off walk by Kathryn Whitlock and bunt singles by Erin Duke and Kristina Prater. However, the Chargers managed only one run on a sacrifice fly by Kelli Long.

West Florida responded in the top of the fourth inning, scoring a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead. Catcher Kristee Wheeler led off with a walk. A sacrifice and base-hit later, pinch-runner Stephanie Ryan scored on a fielder's choice. One batter later, UWF pitcher Emily Burge dropped a base-hit into centerfield and designated player Jillian Lafrance beat the throw to the plate, giving the Argonauts a 2-1 lead.

Alabama-Huntsville came right back in the bottom of the inning to reclaim the lead on a three-run homer by Duke. Duke's sixth home run of the season gave UAH a 4-2 lead.

In the fifth inning, the Chargers added some insurance on an RBI single by tournament Most Outstanding Player Whitney Hawkins. Hawkins allowed only one more hit and Division II saves record holder Alex Lewis came in to shut UWF down the rest of the way.

Hawkins (17-0) pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowed two runs on five hits, struck out five and walked one. Lewis closed out the last 1 2/3 innings to earn her 15th save of the season.

Burge was the losing pitcher for UWF. The senior pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowed five runs on 10 hits. She struck out three and walked three.

At the plate, four Chargers had two hits apiece. Whitlock was 2-for-2, while Duke and Hawkins were 2-for-3 and Prater 2-for-4. Duke had the homer and three RBI.

For West Florida, both Burge and Shannon Miles were 2-for-3. Burge had a double and an RBI.

I'm proud of the effort today and I'm glad we didn't have to lean heavily on (Beth) Lawson and Caitlin Lee like a crutch to win this game," said UAH head coach Les Stuedeman. "The job is not done. We still have work to do. Our goal all season has been to get to Salem."

"Huntsville is a good hitting ballclub and Emily through her heart out," commented UWF coach Tami Cyr. "We lost to a good team and we wish Huntsville the best at the Super Regional."

All-Tournament team:

Pitchers - Whitney Hawkins (uAH), Jillian Lafrance (UWF)
Catcher - Whitney Schrimsher (UAH)
Infield -
Shannon Miles (UWF), Beth Lawson (UAH), Kathryn Whitlock (UAH), Caitlin Lee (UAH)
Outfield - Emily Roach (UAH), Monica Meadows (RC), Erin Duke (UAH)
DP - Emily Burge (UWF)
At-Large - Nicole Anderson (RC), Valerie Pena (MC)
MOP - Whitney Hawkins (UAH)

Angelo State Takes South Central Regional Title With 6-4 Win Over Neb.-Omaha

Senior Macy Baker hit a pair of home runs as the No. 4-ranked Angelo State softball team (46-8) downed Nebraska-Omaha, 6-4, Sunday in the title game of the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament in San Angelo. The Rambelles will now advance to and host the South Central Super Regional, May 15-16.

Baker, a native of Crowley, opened the scoring in the top of the first with a two-run shot to leftfield, scoring freshman Sandy James, to give ASU a quick 2-0 lead. The Rambelles extended its lead to 3-0 in the top of the third on an RBI single up the middle by sophomore Alix Dean, scoring James.

UNO (45-17) plated a run in the bottom of the third on single by Lindsey Slocum, scoring Treighton Yates. However, the Rambelles took back a three-run cushion in the next inning as junior Nicole Smith stole second and third and would score on a errant throw by Maverick catcher Kristi Meneely.

The Mavericks would then plate three runs in the bottom of the fourth to knot the game, 4-4. Yates would draw a bases-loaded walk to start the scoring and Molly Feichtinger plated another run on an infield single and UNO would even the contest on a Rambelle throwing error on the play.

Angelo State would take the lead for good in the top of the fifth on Baker's second home run of the game, a solo shot with one out. The long ball was Baker's third of the weekend and 15th of the season. The Rambelles added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on a bases-loaded two-out single to centerfield by junior Megan Pumphrey, scoring freshman pinch runner Jasmaine Moore.

Junior right-hander Chelsea Nelson (28-4) picked up the victory in relief of starter April Haywood. Nelson tossed the final 3.1 innings and did not give up a run on three hits with a strikeout. Haywood gave up three earned runs on four hits in 3.2 innings of work.

Baker ended the game 3-for-3, adding a double in the third inning, with three RBI and two runs scored. She ended the weekend 14-of-16 from the plate with seven RBI and five runs scored. Pumphrey went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

For UNO, Slocum (15-4) was handed the loss after tossing the first six innings and giving up five earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts.
Yates ended the game 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

ASU's opponent for next weekend has yet to be determined. The first game of next weekend's best-of-three series will take place 7 p.m. Friday. The two teams will return to the ASU Softball Complex 4:30 p.m. Saturday for the second contest with the "if necessary" game to follow.

Texas-Tyler 5, Linfield 4 (8 innings)

  Texas-Tyler wins tournament, advances to national championship tournament at Montclair, NJ

Dixie State Claims West Regional Championship

ST. GEORGE, Utah (NCAA) –  Dixie State had two heroes in its 3-2 win over Hawaii Pacific on Sunday.

Ashley McFarland had a bases-loaded triple in the top of the seventh inning to give the Red Storm (39-10) their first lead of the game. Starting pitcher Lauren Folta, who gave way to Brittnie Whipple in the bottom of the seventh, re-entered the game and got the final two outs to cement the victory.  

With the win Dixie State claimed the NCAA Division II West Sub-Region championship and earned a berth in next week’s NCAA Super-Regionals against an opponent which was to be determined later in the day.

Hawaii Pacific (42-12) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Kozy Toriano opened with a single, moved up on Taija Acierto’s sacrifice bunt and came home on Laine Shikuma’s single. The Sea Warriors got their second run in the bottom of the sixth. Shikuma singled and took second on Nicole Riviera’s sacrifice bunt. Ciera Senas’s single brought the run home.

Dixie State’s rally in the seventh started when HPU’s Courtney Kessell hit Jaki Hawkins with a pitch. Kessell then got the next two outs. Dabney McIntyre singled and Shantae Hunter walked to load the bases.

McFarland then unloaded them.

“I love those kind of situations,” McFarland said. “I felt like I was going to hit it but I didn’t know where. I wish it had gone over the fence, but it didn’t.

Whipple, Dixie State’s closer, came on in the bottom of the seventh. She got the first out, then walked Krystal Plunkett, Maile Kim and Kozy Toriano.

DSC coach Beth Collett then brought Folta back into the game with the tying run on third base.

Folta got HPU’s Taija Acierto to pop up to short left, then snagged Shikuma’s line drive for the final out.

“I didn’t think’ it was just ‘catch it,’” Folta said of that final play.

“It just feels great,” Folta said of the championship. “I think our team is just good enough to take it all the way.”

Collett said she was thrilled with the victory. “It doesn’t have to be pretty to win. As long as they have an out left, they will fight.”

Hawaii Pacific coach Bryan Nakasone was complimentary in his final comments. “I think Dixie has a great team. Hopefully they represent the Pac West (Pacific West Conference) and take it all the way.”

Folta scattered seven hits in improving to 13-3. Kessell gave up six hits as she dropped to 20-8.

Shikuma led Hawaii Pacific with two hits. McIntyre had two hits to lead Dixie State.

Dixie State is in its first year of eligibility for NCAA postseason competition. The softball team, which finished second to Hawaii Pacific in the conference race, was the school’s first team to qualify. Dixie State joined the NCAA three years ago following a long history of success in the junior college ranks.

North Georgia Sweeps Through Southeast Regional

DAHLONEGA, GA – Top-ranked North Georgia completed a perfect sweep through the NCAA Southeast Regional Sunday afternoon, using a no-hitter by Sarah Phillips to get by Augusta State 5-0 and claim the Dahlonega Regional Tournament Championship.

The Saints continue their historic run, winning their 23rd straight game and improving to 46-3 on the season. North Georgia will advance to the best of three Super Regional series against Carson-Newman College next weekend. The NCAA will announce the location of the Super Regional Monday afternoon.

Augusta State ends the season at 34-21 overall, having finished fourth in the PBC regular season and runner up in the Dahlonega Regional.

Sarah Phillips (35-1) tossed a complete game no-hitter in the victory, saving her best performance of the tournament for last, using just 78 pitches and facing two batters over the minimum for her 32nd consecutive victory.

Emily Corish (8-4) suffered the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits, while striking out two in 2.1 innings of work.

After a pair of scoreless innings, North Georgia broke through in the third frame with two runs on back-to-back RBI singles from Leslee Smith and Pilar Harden to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.

The Saints rallied with a run in the fourth inning as Kaelin Farrington led off with a single and came around to score on a two-out single up the middle by Courtney McGuire to plate Farrington for a 3-0 advantage.

North Georgia then capped their scoring in the fifth inning with an infield single by Stephanie Farmakis to score a run, and Kayla Martin delivered an RBI double to right center to plate the final run of the game in a 5-0 defeat of Augusta State.

North Georgia scored five runs on 12 hits, while Augusta State saw their only scoring threat thwarted in the sixth inning with a pair of runners on base as Alysha Krier sent a liner that found the glove of a leaping McGuire in right field for the final out of the inning.

The Saints end the season with a perfect 5-0 record against the Jaguars, sweeping ASU in the regular season, before taking a 3-1 affair in the conference tournament and two more in the Dahlonega Regional.

Le Moyne Drops Caldwell To Secure East Region 1 Championship

Syracuse, N.Y. – Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year Jennifer Farrelly (Latham, N.Y./Shaker) went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and a home run and struck out five batters in the pitcher’s circle to lead the 12th-ranked Le Moyne College softball team to a 7-1 win over Caldwell College in the NCAA East 1 Region finals on Sunday afternoon at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex. The Dolphins now advance to next weekend’s Super Regionals to face Georgian Court, who defeated New Haven in the East 2 Region finals by a score of 5-3. Site and time are still to be determined.

After two scoreless innings to open the game, the Dolphins pushed across four runs in the third inning to break the game open. Freshman designated player Kelcie Cashel (Lacona, N.Y./Sandy Creek) doubled down the left field line with one out and came in to score on a single up the middle by junior center fielder Danielle VanGorder (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal). After a fielding error allowed junior second baseman Kelly Schweikert (Rochester, N.Y./Spencerport) to reach base and a wild pitch moved VanGorder and Schweikert up a base, freshman shortstop Barb Shea (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) singled to right field to plate VanGorder, while Schweikert also scored on a fielding error by the right fielder. Consecutive singles by Farrelly and junior left fielder Bailey Phillips (Rochester, N.Y./Greece-Arcadia) loaded the bases with still only one out. Senior third baseman Caitlin O’Neill (Pittsford, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy), who had three hits in the game, followed with a single through the left side to drive in Shea with the inning’s final run.

Caldwell got one run back in the fourth inning on a solo home to right center by shortstop Danielle Genovese. The homer was the first hit of the contest for the Cougars after Farrelly retired the first 10 batters she faced.

Farrelly helped her own cause in the fifth inning by drilling her team high-tying ninth home run of the season over the fence in left field.
The Dolphins, who also defeated Caldwell, 2-1, on Saturday, added two runs in the sixth inning to secure the victory. O’Neill opened the frame with a double up the middle and was replaced at second base by pinch-runner Kate Waltman (Alplaus, N.Y./Niskayuna). Sophomore catcher Kim Baker (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley) then reached base on a throwing error to allow Waltman to move to third. After Baker moved to second base on defensive indifference, freshman first baseman Leah Ford (Pulaski, N.Y./Pulaski) singled to center field to knock in Waltman and Baker.

Farrelly worked around a two-out single and a hit batsman to induce a pop up to close out the contest. Farrelly, who picked up her 18th victory of the season, allowed just three hits in facing only three batters over the minimum.

Le Moyne (43-10), which has won 12 consecutive games and 20 of its last 21, will be playing Georgian Court for the first time in the program’s history.