Salisbury 3, Alma 0

May 20, 2005

RALEIGH, N.C. Lacey Lister fired a four-hit shutout as second-ranked Salisbury opened the 2005 NCAA Division III Softball World Series in fine fashion on Friday with a 3-0 victory over 19th-ranked Alma at Walnut Creek Softball Complex.

Salisbury, winners of 23 of its last 24 games, improves to a whopping 41-4 on the 2005 season.

We executed well defensively and kept them (Alma) off the bases, said Salisbury head coach Margie Knight. Our speed also helped win the game.

As did Lister. The three-time All-American neutralized Alma bats, scattering four hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts and two walks. She allowed only one extra base hit a double by Amy Gaudard in the second inning.

Lacey knows how to rise to the occasion, Knight said. She keeps coming up big for us. Plus, our catcher (Kim Rementer) called a great game.

Salisbury struck for two runs in the third against Alma starter Melissa Tavidian. Erin Ruests RBI double scored Serena Fleming from first base, and then Megan Ellzy scored on a Scot error. The Sea Gulls added the third run in the fourth when Whitney Schrader scored on a passed ball.

Fleming went 2-for-3 for Salisbury, while Gaudard went 3-for-3 for Alma (32-9).

We have our backs to the wall now it was a tough game, said Alma head coach Denny Griffin. This changes our focus some, as well as our goals. But weve been through the loser bracket before.

Salisburys victory sets up a showdown against defending national champion St. Thomas in the winners bracket on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., while Alma battles Williams in the losers bracket at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

                           The Automated ScoreBook
                               Alma vs Salisbury
              May 20, 2005 at Raleigh, N.C. (Walnut Creek Complex)

Alma 0 (32-9)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Westerman lf.............  3  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   0
Knochel 3b...............  2  0  0  0   1  1  0  3   0
Bell dh..................  2  0  1  0   1  0  0  0   1
 Lee pr..................  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Muxlow pr...............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Colligan 1b..............  3  0  0  0   0  1  7  0   1
 Light pr................  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Harrington rf............  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
Gaudard ss...............  3  0  3  0   0  0  2  2   0
 Lunsted pr..............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Morcom 2b................  3  0  0  0   0  1  4  2   1
Butler c.................  2  0  0  0   0  2  3  1   1
 Brewer ph...............  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Pietsch cf...............  2  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   1
 Blahnik ph..............  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Tavidian p...............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 McDonald p..............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 25  0  4  0   2  9 18 10   6

Salisbury 3 (41-4)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Shaffer ss...............  1  0  0  0   2  0  1  1   0
Fleming cf...............  3  1  2  0   0  1  0  0   0
Ruest 1b.................  3  0  1  1   0  0  5  0   0
 Ellzy pr................  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
White 3b.................  3  0  1  0   0  0  1  2   3
Dronenburg dh............  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Fuqua 2b.................  2  0  1  0   0  0  1  0   0
Falcon lf................  3  0  1  0   0  0  1  0   2
Schrader rf..............  1  1  1  0   1  0  1  0   0
 Mathews pr..............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Rementer c...............  1  0  0  0   1  1 10  0   2
Lister p.................  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  2   0
Totals................... 20  3  7  1   4  3 21  5   8

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
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Alma................ 000 000 0 -  0  4  1
Salisbury........... 002 100 X -  3  7  0
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E - Colligan. LOB - ALM-W 6; SAL 8. 2B - Gaudard; Ruest. HBP - Fuqua. SH -
Shaffer; Fleming; Schrader; Rementer. SB - Fleming; White. CS - Mathews.

Alma                   IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Tavidian............  5.0  7  3  2  2  2 19 25
McDonald............  1.0  0  0  0  2  1  1  4

Salisbury              IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Lister..............  7.0  4  0  0  2  9 25 27

Win - Lister.  Loss - Tavidian.  Save - None.
WP - McDonald. HBP - by Tavidian (Fuqua). PB - Butler; Rementer 2.
Umpires - HP: Betsy Kidd  1B: Terri Rosenwald  3B: Glenn Crabtree
Start: 1:40 pm   Time: 1:55   Attendance: 253
Game: NCAA2





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