Rowell, Meola knock out Luther
Cortland's Cross ties Division III record with 41st career triple
SALEM, VA. – Lyndsay Rowell pitched a five-hit shutout and Lucia Meola went 2-for-3 with three RBIs as Cortland defeated Luther College, 6-0, in an elimination game at the NCAA Division III Championships.
Cortland (41-4-1), ranked eighth nationally, will face DePauw University (Ind.) in another loser's bracket game in the double-elimination tournament. Luther, ranked fourth nationally, ends its season with a 41-6 record.
Cortland senior Donnalyn Cross tripled to lead off the game and is now tied for the Division III lead with 41 career triples. She matched the mark set by Bridgewater State's Angela Vecchione from 1998-2001.
After Cross tripled, Meola hit a sacrifice fly to center to give Cortland a 1-0 lead. In the third, Meola led off with an infield single, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a Jessica Harman double to left center.
The Red Dragons added two runs in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead. Brooke Weidman reached on an infield single and took second on the play. Cross bunted for a hit, moving Weidman to third, and Cross kept running and went to second. Meola followed by lining a two-run single to center.
In the sixth, Meaghan Kohler singled and pinch runner Charlotte Freed went to second on a Nicole Gallo sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Weidman singled to left to move Freed to third, and Weidman alertly took second on the play. On an ensuing wild pitch, Freed scored and Weidman kept running on the play and also beat the throw home.
Cross and Weidman each finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Harman was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Rowell struck out four and walked one in her winning effort.
Shari Huber was 2-for-2 to lead the Norse. Lexy Determan gave up seven hits and four runs in four innings. She struck out three and walked one.
Luther's best scoring chance came in the bottom of the sixth. Huber was hit by a pitch, Lauran Snyder singled and Abby Christian walked to load the bases with two outs, but Rowell got a groundout to second to preserve the shutout. The Norse also left runners on first and second in the seventh.