Shippensburg 4, Indiana (Pa.) 2

May 12, 2005

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa.---The Shippensburg University softball team stifled a late rally by the Indiana (Pa.) Indians for a 4-2 win in game three of the NCAA Division II Mid-Atlantic Region Championships on Thursday afternoon.

The Lady Raiders (41-3) scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Beth Rudai started the inning by beating out a grounder to short. Bunt singles from Anna Corr and Jaime Dacey loaded the bases.

Sarah Costa hit a sacrifice fly to center field, and Rudai tagged up and scored for Shippensburgs first run of the game.

Jess Miller had the big hit of the inning, with a two-RBI double down the left field line that scored Corr and Dacey for a 3-0 lead. Miller scored later in the inning off a throwing error to make the score 4-0.

The Indians (23-16) made a rally in the top of the seventh inning, as Sarah White led off the inning with a double to left center. Carolyn Fendrich reached base with a hit, while Hilary Tutrani walked to load the bases.

Relief pitcher Danielle Shields retired the next two batters, until a wild pitch and an error by the catcher allowed Fendrich and pinch-runner Kerri Hiles to score to cut Shippensburgs led to 4-2.

Shippensburgs Kelley Tiesi started the game, and pitched five innings of scoreless ball, allowing two hits. She had six strikeouts and raises her record to 23-1.

The Lady Raiders were led at the plate by Costa, who went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Miller was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

For the Indians, Jodie Swavely went the distance for IUP, allowing four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Fendrich was 1-for-3 at the plate and scored a run.

Shippensburg moves on to face the winner of the Bloomsburg/Lock Haven game tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., while the Indians face Elizabeth City State in the losers bracket at Noon tomorrow.

Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Indiana (Pa.)....... 000 000 2 - 2 5 1 Shippensburg........ 000 400 X - 4 7 1 -----------------------------------------

E - Swavely; COSTA, S.. DP - IUP 1; Ship 1. LOB - IUP 4; Ship 2. 2B - White; COSTA, S.; MILLER, J.. SF - COSTA, S.. SB - Swavely; Fendrich.

Win - TIESI, K. (23-1). Loss - Swavely (17-5). Save - None. WP - SHIELDS, D.. Umpires - HP: Wayne Doyle 1B: Laurie Zeiders 3B: Laura Nesteriak Start: 2:13 Time: 1:29 Attendance: 150

-- Courtesy Shippensburg