May 10, 2009

Friday Region-by-Region Results
Saturday Region-by-Region Results

Coast Guard's Frederick Homers Twice To Send Bears To 7-3 Win

BEVERLY, Mass. – Coast Guard Academy’s Amanda Frederick (Lebanon, Ohio) hit a pair of homeruns and drove in four to help the Bears defeat Springfield College, 7-3, Sunday afternoon at the NCAA Beverly, Mass. First Round Championship site held on the campus of Endicott College.  The Bears improve to 38-6-1 this season and will face Tufts University in the Regional Finals at 2:00 p.m.  Springfield, the No. 7 seed in the region, wraps up its Cinderella run in the NCAA Regional at 23-24 this season.

Springfield got on the board in the first inning on back-to-back homeruns by Aimee Cassella (Southington, Conn.) and Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, N.J.).  Frederick would respond with her first homerun of the day in the Coast Guard half of the first for a 2-1 game at the end of the first.

Frederick would put the Bears up for good in her next at bat as she drilled a 0-1 pitch over the fence in centerfield to score Annette Boston (Oceanside, Calif.) and give the Bears the 3-2 lead.  Becky Miller (Norco, Calif.) added an RBI single later in the inning for an insurance run.

Springfield scored again in the top of the sixth as Danielle Spiro (South Windsor, Conn.) had an RBI ground out to make it a 4-3 game.  Coast Guard would put the game out of reach in their half of the sixth when Frederick drove in her fourth run with a sacrifice fly and Colleen Denny (Clarence, N.Y.) added a two-RBI single for the game’s final tally, 7-4.

Coast Guard’s Hayley Feindel (River Ridge, La.) picked up her 34th win of the season by striking out 10 batters in seven innings, giving up just three runs (two earned) on four hits and walking three.  Frederick led the Bears, going 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored.  Denny and Carin Sweeney (Woodbury, Minn.) each went 2-for-4 with Denny driving in a pair.

Samantha Rhodes (Mendon, Mass.) suffered the setback for the Pride, going six innings and giving up seven runs (four earned) on nine hits while striking out three.  Cassella and Wlosek combined to go 4-for-5, each driving in a run and scoring one as well.  Danielle Spiro (South Windsor, Conn.) picked up the other RBI for Springfield.

Coast Guard now looks ahead to Tufts in the Regional Final matchup at 2:00 p.m.  The Jumbos defeated the Bears yesterday, 9-2, in the third game of the day.

Tufts Buries Coast Guard Under Barrage To Advance Out Of Regional

BEVERLY, Mass. – Tufts University cranked out 15 hits and scored five runs in the top of the seventh as the Jumbos sunk Coast Guard, 10-1, to advance to the 2009 NCAA Division III Softball Championships in Montclair, N.J. Tufts, who went a perfect 4-0 at the Beverly, Mass. First Round site of competition, improves its overall record to an astonishing 42-1.

Tufts got the game started by quickly scoring a run in the top of the first inning. Leadoff hitter Laura Chapman (Seattle, Wash.), who went 3-for-5 on the day, reached on an infield single and then stole second to put herself in scoring position. A Coast Guard error allowed Christy Tinker (Woodbridge, Conn.) to reach while Chapman moved over to third. An RBI single by catcher Cara Hovhanessian (Farmington, Conn.) plated Chapman to give the Jumbos a 1-0 lead.

 The lead moved to 2-0 in the top of the third as Lena Cantone (Southington, Conn.) laced a one-out single to centerfield to score Maya Ripecky (Chicago, Ill.), doubling the Tufts’ advantage. Coast Guard did its best to hang tight as the Bears got a run back in the home half of the third off an RBI single up the middle off the bat of Courtney Wolf (Fredericksburg, Md.) to cut the lead in half, 2-1.

The Jumbos’ bats continued in the fourth and sixth innings, as Tufts got a run off a sacrifice fly to right by Danielle Lopez (Danvers, Mass.) and scored twice with a double by Samantha Kuhles (Somerville, Conn.) and an RBI single from Lopez.

The exclamation point came in the seventh inning as the Jumbos strung together five hits and scored five runs to blow the game wide open en route to the 10-1 win. For the tournament, Tufts outscored its opponents 39-5 and batted .394 as a team.

The Jumbos now advance to the 2009 NCAA Division III Softball Championships in Montclair, N.J. on the campus of Montclair State University from May 15-19. Coast Guard ends its season at 39-7-1.

Top-Seeded Messiah Downs No. 2 Seed William Paterson To Take Mahwah Regional

Mahwah, NJ:  The Mahwah, NJ First Round seedings stood strong as they #1 seeded Falcons of Messiah College defeated the #2 seeded Pioneers of William Paterson, 6-1 this afternoon at the Athletic Center at Ramapo College.  Messiah advances to the Championship Round next weekend being held at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ.  Messiah enters next week’s championship round standing at 39-4 overall.  William Paterson finishes the year at 35-13.

The Falcons struck first in the 2nd inning when junior catcher Abby Bergakker (Grand Rapids, MI) doubled to right field with one out on the board.  Ashley Lehman (Lancaster, PA) drove in Bergakker three batters later to take a one run edge, and Abi Buchler (Fenwick Island, DE) drove in Lauren Seneca (Bethlehem, PA) who reached on a fielder’s choice to get on base, to go up 2-0.

William Paterson closed the gap, 2-1 after Nicole Jimmerson (North Bergen, NJ) doubled to left field to lead off, and later came home on an infield single from Heather Mendez (Basking Ridge, NJ).  But Messiah did not stop adding three more runs in the top of the 3rd.  Jaclyn Merkel (Linthicum, MD) led off the inning with a homerun over the left field wall, and Rebecca Stackhouse (Barrington, NJ) and Bergakker both crossed the plate, unearned runs, to take the 5-1 lead.
 The Falcons added a final run in the 5th inning to shut down WPU, 6-1.

Merkel went 3-4 with one run and one RBI while Bergakker posted three hits, all doubles, with three runs.  Jimmerson scored the lone run for the Pioneers.  Jessica Rhoads (Dillsburg, PA) pitched the complete three-hit game, striking out five and walking none.  She let up the one run in the 2nd inning.  Rhoads improves to 23-1 on the year while Kerrie Mascarelli (Montvlae, NJ) gets the loss in 2.0 innings.  Mascarelli struck out two and walked two while letting up five hits and four runs.

In the opening game of the day, William Paterson defeated Rowan to advance to the championship game against Messiah.  The Pioneers struck first in the top of the 1st inning when Meghan Reilly (Middlesex, NJ) led off with a single to center, Christina Zippler (Basking Ridge, NJ) reached on an error, and Lindsey Nadolny (Belford, NJ) laid down a bunt to load the bases with no outs.  Jenna Vitale (Kenilworth, NJ) drove in two runs with a double to left-center to take a 2-0 edge after one half inning.  

The Profs didn’t take long to respond as the first two batters, Nicki Veneziano (Bloomfield, NJ) and Jenna DiDonato (Hamilton, NJ) ripped back-to-back homeruns over the left field fence.  

With the score knotted at two runs each, and William Paterson runners on first and second, Zippler cracked a three-run bomb to take a 5-2 advantage over the Profs in the top of the 2nd.  The Pioneers added another run in the 3rd inning after Heather Mendez (Basking Ridge, NJ) doubled with two outs and moved to third on a wild pitch.  She then came home on an infield error as Lacey Santone (South Plainfield, NJ) reached first base.

Veneziano led off the bottom of the inning with a double and later came home on a sac fly to left field from Ashley Minch (Pennsville, NJ) to close the gap, 6-3, but WPU would strike again in the 4th inning to go up 7-3 on the Profs and again in the 6th to earn the 8-3 victory, knocking out Rowan from the tournament.  

Zippler led the Pioneers hitting 3-4 with three runs and three RBI while Veneziano led the Profs, hitting a perfect 4-4 with two runs and one RBI.  Kerrie Mascarelli (Montvale, NJ) got the win pitching the final four innings, improving to 9-0 on the year.  Amanda Singer (Monmouth Jct., NJ) recorded the loss in three innings pitched, striking out two and walking one.  She wraps up the year at 14-7 overall.

All tournament team:  
Catcher:  Junior Abby Bergakker (Grand Rapids, MI) - Messiah College First base:  Freshman Nicki Veneziano (Bloomfield, NJ) - Rowan University Second base:  Senior Kelly Finlay (Thomaston) - Eastern Connecticut Third base:  Senior Meghan Reilly (Middlesex, NJ) - William Paterson
Shortstop:  Freshman Lauren Seneca (Bethlehem, PA) - Messiah College
Outfield:  Junior Christina Zippler (Blackwood, NJ) - William Paterson
Outfield:  Freshman Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) Eastern Connecticut
Outfield:  Freshman Jaclyn Merkel (Linthicum, MD) - Messiah College
Pitcher:  Freshman Jessica Rhoads (Dillsburg, PA) - Messiah College
Pitcher:  Freshman Michele Graham (Hawthorne, NJ) - William Paterson Designated Player:  Freshman Ashley Lehman (Lancaster, PA) - Messiah College At Large:  Senior Rachel Denny (East Haddam) - Eastern Connecticut At Large: Sophomore Jenna Vitale (Kenilworth, NJ) - William Paterson At Large: Freshman Julie Leskanic (West Milford, NJ) - Rowan University At Large - Sophomore Arielle Morelli (Bohemia, NY) - Farmingdale State.

Hosts Salisbury Finishes Regional With 5-1 Record To Move On

2009 NCAA Salisbury, Md. First-Round
Game Results for Salisbury (as of May 10, 2009)
(All games)

  Game date       Opposing team          Score      r  h  e/ r  h  e  Inns   Overall             Pitcher of record      Attend Time
  ---------       -------------          -----     --------/--------  ----   -------   --------  ---------------------- ------ ----
  May 07, 2009    NEUMANN                 0-3  L    0  3  3/ 3  8  1    7    0- 1- 0    0- 0- 0  Davis (L 20-3)            211 1:40
  May 08, 2009    LAGRANGE             W  3-1       3  5  1/ 1  3  1    7    1- 1- 0    0- 0- 0  Mills (W 14-2)            150 1:23
  May 08, 2009    NEUMANN              W  8-0       8  8  0/ 0  3  4    5    2- 1- 0    0- 0- 0  Mills (W 15-2)            210 1:30
  May 09, 2009    CHRIS. NEWPORT       W  3-2       3  5  0/ 2  5  3    7    3- 1- 0    0- 0- 0  Mills (W 16-2)            252 1:45
  May 10, 2009    #24 EMORY            W  8-0       8  7  0/ 0  5  1    5    4- 1- 0    0- 0- 0  Mills (W 16-2)            192 1:26
  May 10, 2009    BRIDGEWATER (VA.)    W  2-1       2  5  2/ 1  4  1    7    5- 1- 0    0- 0- 0  Mills (W 17-2)            250 1:37

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Gustavus Adolphus Brings Home Regional Title

NCAA Div III Softball Tournament - First Round
May 10, 2009, in Indianola, Iowa
Game Thirteen:
No. 7 Gustavus Adolphus - 11
No. 8 Webster - 1
Gustavus Adolphus is 39-7.
Webster is 26-18
Gustavus Adolphus will play 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 15, in Montclair, New Jersey.

2009 First-Round DIII All-Tournament Team
Catcher - Steph Moores - St. Thomas
First Base - Emily Wendorff - Gustavus
Second Base - Lisa Klass - Gustavus
Third Base - Kaitlyn Wightman - St. Thomas
Shortstop - Rachael Clck - Gustavus
Outfield - Alyssa Abramoski - Washington
Outfield - Emily Klein - Gustavus
Outfield - Kim Hess - Luther
Pitcher - Claire Voris - Washington
Pitcher - Megan Sperry - Webster
Designated/Utility Player - Lexy Determan - Wartburg
At-Large - Dana Vahey - Webster
At-Large - Lindsay Cavarra - Washington
At-Large - Kelsey Washam - Webster
At-Large - Carter Malouf - Washington

Coe Finds Way To Montclair With Pair Of Wins Over Ill.-Wesleyan

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Coe Kohawks took a pair of games from Illinois Wesleyan to earn the right to advance to the NCAA Division III softball championships in Montclair, N.J., May 15. IWU lost by scores of 4-3 and 3-1.

Coe improved to 38-11 and will play Salisbury (Md.) in the NCAA championships on May 15. The Titans’ season ends with a 37-6 mark.

In the second game, Coe freshman Ashlee Simon improved to 23-4 in the circle as she limited the Titans to three hits and struck out 14.
Illinois Wesleyan scored their lone run in the first when Monica Urban

hit her first home run of the year to right center to lead off the game.
The Kohawks took a 2-1 lead in the third when, with one out, Erica Smothers singled up the middle and Chelsea Zaugg singled up the middle. Amy Hanse then singled to center to drive home Smothers. Sonja Schwenker reached on a fielder’s choice to score Zaugg.
Coe added one more in the fifth when, with one out, Hanse singled and pinch runner Emily Burress scored two batters later on a single by CC Williams to leftfield.
Junior Christy Engel

(22-5) took the pitching loss, striking out six in five innings.

In the first game of the day, Coe scored three in the seventh to come from behind and earn a 4-3 win.
In the seventh, Amanda Hanson led off with a single and Ashley Leonard followed with a single.Danielle Leavens struck out before Zaugg reached on an error by second baseman Lisa Narotsky

, scoring Hanson. Hanse hit into a fielder's choice, forcing Leonard at home plate. Schwenker singled up the middle to knock home two runs.
Simon then struck out the side in the seventh

Illinois Wesleyan scored two in the first inning when Urban reached on an error by the shortstop to lead off and went to second on a sacrifice. Allison Ward

walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. After Val Hackett

walked to load the bases, Kris Lee

brought home two runs with a single through the right side.
The Titans added an insurance run in the sixth when Hackett led off with double to left field and Jen Monaco

pinch ran for her. The Kohawks brought in Simon to face Lee, who doubled down the leftfield line to bring home Monaco.

Coe scored their lone run in the third when Leonard singled to left field and stole second. After Kathrine King struck out, Zaugg reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on an error by Ward. Hanse drove home Leonard on a fielder’s choice.

Grand Slam Shoots Ohio Northern Past DePauw And Into Championship Round

GREENCASTLE, Ind. —  For the second time in two days, an Ohio Northern grand slam decided the final outcome between the Polar Bears and DePauw and this time it was Jackie Mangola who provided the blast that gave Ohio Northern a 4-1 win over the Tigers in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship first round title game.

The top-seed and fourth ranked Polar Bears improved to 39-4 with the win and advanced to the eight-team Division III finals which begin on Friday at Montclair State.DePauw finished its season at 32-9 after making its third straight appearance in the first-round championship game.

Liz Decima started the third-inning rally with a soft pop-up to short that just went off the glove of a diving Brianne Weeks. Terry Mangola followed with a double to left and Danielle Goubeaux walked with two outs before Jackie Mangola hammered a 1-0 pitch over the fence in left.

The Tigers' lone run came in the third when Rachel MacBeth led off with a double, moved to second on Chelsy Patterson's sacrifice bunt and scored on Weeks' sacrifice fly to foul territory in left field.

In the fourth, Ashlee Anton hit a drive to right center that Ohio Northern right fielder Tina Mangola hauled in at the fence. The Tigers' other scoring opportunity came in the seventh when Gill and Anton singled but Cortney Cash struck out the last two Tiger hitters.

The Polar Bears totaled six hits as Decima led the way with two, while four different Tigers had one each. Cash improved to 28-2 and Soultz finished the season at 29-9. After the homer, Soultz retired 12 straight batters before a seventh-inning walk.


NCAA Division III Softball Greencastle, Indiana First-Round All-tournament Team
Catcher: Rachel Gill (DePauw)
First Base: Melanie Bushman (Defiance)
Second Base: Jackie Mangola (Ohio Northern)
Third Base: Lisa Weisman (Thomas More)
Shortstop: Liz Decima (Ohio Northern)
Outfield: Megan Samuel (Hiram)
Outfield: Tina Mangola (Ohio Northern)
Outfield: Steph Stadtmiller (Thomas More)
Pitcher: Megan Soultz (DePauw)
Pitcher: Cortney Cash (Ohio Northern)
Designated/Utility Player: Jen Kosinski (DePauw)
At-Large: Aarika Davis (Defiance)
At-Large: Jenny Weis (Thomas More)
At-Large: Emma Minx (DePauw)
At-Large: Danielle Goubeaux (Ohio Northern)

GREENCASTLE, Ind. - Second-seed and 15th-ranked DePauw forced a final elimination game in the NCAA Division III Women's Softball Championship first round with a 4-0 win over top-seed and fourth-ranked Ohio Northern.

The 32-8 Tigers and 38-4 Polar Bears will square off later this afternoon for the right to compete in the eight-team Division III finals at Montclair, N.J.

Megan Soultz allowed just a first inning single on the way to her third shutout of the tournament and her second one-hitter.

The Tigers got off to a quick start when Emma Minx singled with two outs in the first and moved to second on Rachel Gill's walk. Jen Kosinski singled to right scoring Minx.

In the fourth, Kelly Schwerzler led off with an infield single and moved to second when Carolyn Bartlett reached on a sacrifice bunt after the throw to second was late. Rachel MacBeth's sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third and Brianne Weeks' single scored both.

Minx led off the seventh with a single, moved to second on Gill's sacrifice bunt and scored on Ashlee Anton's single through the right side.

Soultz improved to 29-8 and allowed just four Polar Bears to reach base. She was the first pitcher to shut out Division III's third-highest scoring offense this year.

Minx collected three of DePauw's 10 hits, while Kosinski added two. Liz Decima had the only hit for the Polar Bears.