ITHACA, N.Y. -- Rowan defeated Ithaca 1-0 in the final of the NCAA Regional on Sunday. The Profs advance to the Super Regional May 16-17.
Rowan (37-10) will play the winner from the Rochester Regional in the Super Regional at a site to be determined. The national softball tournament is double elimination. The NCAA Championship Tournament is scheduled for May 22-26 at the Texas-Tyler.
The Profs scored the winning run in the third inning. Center fielder Shannon Costello led off with a walk. First baseman Damariz Mercado moved Costello to second with a sacrifice bunt. Shortstop Shilah Snead followed with a single and she stole second. Left fielder Jennifer Arcella grounded out to first base and Costello scored.
Right-hander Krysti Maronski recorded her 10th shutout on the season. She (23-5) only gave up three hits and struck out nine batters. Maronski was selected the most outstanding player and to the Regional All-Tournament Team. In the regional, she posted a 3-0 record with a 0.41 earned run average and 20 strikeouts. Pitcher Sam Bender had the loss. She (18-7) allowed six hits and one run.
The All-Tournament Team also included Snead, Arcella and Costello. Snead had two hits in three at bats. Arcella was one for three. Catcher Meagan Lee, designated player Ashley DeYoung and Maronski each contributed with a hit. Costello had a .857 regional batting average with six hits in seven at bats, two doubles, one RBI and three runs scored. Arcella hit .500 and Snead batted .455.
Rowan received an automatic bid to the national tournament as the champion of the New Jersey Athletic Conference. This is the Profs' 22nd appearance and fourth in a row in the NCAAs.
For the Bombers (26-14), shortstop Francesca Busa, second baseman Julianne Vincent and designated player Kelly Robichaud had one hit a piece.