Hofstra 12, Mississippi Valley State
Hofstra 12, Mississippi Valley State 1May 21, 2005
Tuscaloosa, AL -- Senior left fielder Lisa Torres (Farmingville, NY - pictured) went 3-for-4 with four RBI and senior pitcher Adrienne Clark (Gibsonton, FL) improved to 5-1 lifetime in the NCAA Tournament as Hofstra rolled to a 12-1 win over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday at the University of Alabama Softball Complex.
With the win, the Pride improves to 42-15-1, tying the school record for wins in a season set by the 2000 team that finished 42-21. Hofstra moves on to face Arizona State later this evening for the right to meet Alabama in the regional finals on Sunday. Mississippi Valley State ends its season at 34-32.
Clark allowed five hits in five innings as she improved to 5-1 in her career in NCAA Tournament play. The only bad news for her in the game was a two-out bloop single in the bottom of the fifth inning from Delta Devil catcher Teanne Rembert, which spoiled her bid for her fourth career shutout in the postseason. Her previous four victories had all been by 1-0 scores, including one shared shutout a year ago.
Hofstra took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as junior shortstop Laura Sweeney (Hopewell Junction, NY) led off with a single down the left field line and stole second. Sophomore catcher Ashley Lane (Westbury, NY) then singled to right field to extend her hitting streak to 12 games, and Sweeney came home when right fielder Belencia Youngs throw home sailed to the backstop. Junior third baseman Tara Ulrich (West Nyack, NY) then doubled to the wall in right-center to score Lane with the Prides second run.
The Pride added two more runs in the top of the third inning, as Lane led off with a sharp single to right and came home on an RBI double from senior first baseman Hailey Clark (Caledon, Ontario). A single from freshman right fielder Pam Dreslinski (Kingsville, OH) moved Clark to third, and Torres singled to center field to plate Hailey Clark to make the score 4-0.
Hofstra then blew the game wide open with a seven-run fourth inning, keyed by a three-run double from Torres. Freshman pinch hitter Courtney Oliver (Swansea, MA) added an RBI double for her first postseason hit and Sweeney added an RBI triple to right-center. Torres finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBI, giving her eight NCAA Tournament RBI in her career, while Sweeney and Lane had identical line scores of 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
The Pride has now won 10 all-time NCAA Tournament games, including at least one in each of its last five appearances.
-- Courtesy Hofstra