May 23, 2009

*Courtesy of Lock Haven Athletics

SALEM, Va. - The No. 2 Lock Haven University softball team (48-6) blanked unranked Indianapolis (37-21) 2-0 today at the NCAA Division II Softball National Championships.

Senior-pitcher Kristin Erb (Reading, Pa./Exeter Township) was once again in the storyline, as the complete-game shutout marked the 97th of her remarkable career. The shutout puts her atop the NCAA D-II list in that category.

The Lady Eagles two runs came off four hits and LHU committed no errors in the win, as The Haven bounced back in a big way from last night's 3-1 loss to No. 5 Alabama-Huntsville.

Erb was sensational once again on the way to her special victory. She struck out seven, never surrendered a walk and only gave up four hits.

Lock Haven jumped on Indianapolis early, the only unranked team in the tournament.

LHU took the lead in bottom of the second inning after Julia Popovich (Lemont, Pa./State College) drove in the game's first run.

Designated player Brittany Muthard (Northampton, Pa./Northampton) drew a walk with one out, before Popivich came to the plate with two away.

Popovich drilled the ball all the way to the right field fence for a double and Muthard flew around the base pads and charged home to put LHU up 1-0.

The Haven went up 2-0 in the bottom of the third after Amanda Roosa (Pompton Lakes, N.J./Pompton Lakes) brought Ilia Lopez (Bloomsburg, Pa./Bloomsburg) home by way of a sacrifice fly to right field.

The two runs would be all the Lady Eagles needed to move past Indy, eliminating the Greyhounds from the tournament.

Erb, already the NCAA D-II leader in wins moved past Kathy Slaten, who pitched 97 shutouts while at California State Northridge (1983-86).

Erb's 97 shutouts are second to only Monica Abbott, who hurled 112 shutouts at D-I Tennessee. Abbott is an Olympic silver medalist for team USA.

Lock Haven's four hits today came from four different players.

Sarah Norris (West Chester, Pa./West Chester), who was 7-for-8 (.875 - tournament best) in two games heading into today's game went 1-for-3 at the plate. She's now 8-for-11 (.421) in the tourney and on a five-game hit streak.

Lock Haven will advance to take on top-ranked North Georgia. LHU will face North Georgia tomorrow (Sunday, May 24) at noon. If Lock Haven win's the two teams will play again at 4 p.m.