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    • May 3, 2014 9:42 PM EDT
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      SUBJECT: Long Ball Sends No. 5 Wilmington Softball to CACC Tournament Championship with 6-0 Win Over No. 3 Post
      DATE: May 3, 2014
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      LAKEWOOD, N.J. - - For the first time in program history, the Wilmington University softball team will play for a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship, defeating third seeded Post University, 6-0, in the winner’s bracket game on Saturday afternoon at Georgian Court University.
      The win propels the Wildcats (27-24 overall) to the championship on Sunday at 11 a.m., where they will square off against second seeded and host Georgian Court. The Lions won three elimination games on Saturday, defeating Post in the bottom of the seventh to advance to the championship on Sunday.
      The fifth seeded Wildcats were the visitors once again, squaring off against a higher seed for the third time this tournament. That benefitted the Wildcats once again as they jumped out to a lead in the early going, this time in the top of second inning to hold the momentum.
      Using a pair of hits and three runs, the Wildcats put four on the board in the top of the second inning, all coming from one swing of the bat.
      With one out, Miranda Pedersen singled into left field and advanced to second as the throw back into the infield got away. Michelle Panasiti put runners on first and third by reaching on another Post (24-21) error before a Becca Stanley walk loaded the bases.
      Kelsey Doherty quickly erased the 0-0 score as she took the first pitch she saw and deposited it over the fence in straight away center for the grand slam, giving the Wildcats a 4-0 lead and the momentum in the game.
      Post had its opportunities to get on the board in the game, but left the bases loaded in the third, one runner on in the fourth, and two more in the bottom of the fifth.
      The Wildcats added to their lead in the top of the fourth inning as the long ball aided the visitors once again. Panasiti led off the inning with a solo shot down the line in left, with the only doubt if t was going to stay fair. The ball stayed in play, giving Panasiti her fourth homer of the year.
      Panasiti was at it again in the top of the sixth, as she went to the same spot of the field, this time doubling into the corner in left, chasing pinch runner Shannon McMahon from first to make it 6-0 for the Wildcats.
      From there, it was all starter Stephanie Sarris as she shut down the Eagles in order in both the sixth and seventh innings to earn her third complete game win in a row in the CACC Tournament. The complete game shutout was the fourth of the year for the senior.
      Doherty, Pedersen, and Panasiti collected two hits each for the Wildcats while Zambria Ziemba and Jen Fischbach added one hit each to round out the offense for the Wildcats.
      Sarris struck out four more batters while only allowing five hits, tallying 16 strikeouts and three wins in the CACC Tournament.
      The Lions defeated Holy Family in 10 innings to start the day before defeating Dominican in another elimination game. The Lions then took on Post in the CACC Tournament Semifinal, and needed a run in the bottom of the seventh to earn the victory after the Eagles tied the game with two runs in the top half.
      The run continues on Sunday, as the Wildcats and the Lions will battle for the CACC Tournament. Video broadcast of the game can be seen here.

       

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      Neumann University

      5/3/14

       

      Softball

      CSAC Championship

      Cabrini 7, Neumann 3

       

      SCRANTON, Pa. – The Neumann University softball team’s quest for back-to-back Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Championships came to an end with a 7-3 loss to Cabrini College on Saturday morning.

       

      Becky Guinto (fr. Pitman, N.J. / Glassboro) had three hits. Courtney O’Connor (so. Middletown, Del. / Appoquinimink) had a homerun. Kristin Beaty (jr. Plymouth Meeting, Pa. / Archbishop Carroll) started the game and went 3.0 innings. She allowed two runs on four hits and struck out two. Haley Broomell (fr. Woodstown, N.J. / Woodstown) took the loss, going 3.1 innings. She allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and struck out two. Melissa Rozumalski (so. New Castle, Del. / Padua) went the final two-third of the inning and allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits.

       

      Guinto knocked in Becca Reinhart (jr. Shoemakersville, Pa. / Central Catholic) for the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. O’Connor hit a solo shot in the second inning for a 2-0 Knights lead.

       

      Cabrini took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third with a three-run homerun. The Cavaliers added an unearned run in the sixth and three runs, two unearned in the seventh for a 7-2 lead.

       

      The Knights did not go quietly in the bottom of the seventh. Katie Halter (jr. Pedricktown, N.J. / Pennsgrove) reached on an error to start the inning. Allie White (jr. Woolwich, N.J. / Kingsway) reached on a fielders choice. Neumann then had three straight singles to score a run and load the bases with one out. Guinto hit a laser that was caught by the Cavaliers and a runner was doubled off to end the threat and the game.

       

      Neumann is now 24-11 and will wait for the ECAC announcement to see if its season will continue.

       

       

      Women’s Lacrosse

      CSAC Championship

      Cabrini 21, Neumann 8

       

      RADNOR, Pa. – The Neumann University women’s lacrosse team fell to Cabrini College 21-8 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Championship game on Saturday afternoon.

       

      Gabbey Murray (fr. Aston, Pa. / Garnet Valley) and Koula Gregor  (sr. Sewell, N.J. / Clearview) each netted three goals for the Knights. Emily Sanders (jr. Georgetown, Del. / Sussex Central) notched two assists. Sam Kotowski (sr. Wilmington, Del. / A.I. Dupont) made 16 saves in net.   

       

      Murray scored the Knights two goals in the first half. The Cavaliers held a 13-2 lead at the half.

       

      Neumann’s first six shots of the game all found the back of the net. To start the second half, the Knights scored five of the first six goals to make the score 14-7. Cabrini then scored the next four goals to take back the momentum of the game.

       

      Murray scored what ended up being the Knights’ final goal for an 18-8 game. The Cavaliers scored the game’s final three goals for the 21-3 final.

       

      Neumann is now 12-5 overall and will wait for the ECAC Announcement to see if its season will continue.

       

       

       

      Baseball

      Neumann 4, Marywood 1

      Neumann 10, Marywood 4

       

      SCRANTON, Pa. – The Neumann University baseball took a pair of Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) games from Marywood University on Saturday afternoon. Game scores were 4-1 and 10-4.

       

      In game one, the Knights won 4-1. Jeremy Hutchison went 5.0 innings for the win. He allowed one run on four hits and struck out four. Zach Youngberg went 2.0 hitless innings for the save.

       

      The teams traded runs in the third inning for a 1-1 game. The Knights plated two unearned runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead. AJ Koscelansky then knocked in an insurance run in the fifth inning en route to the 4-1 win.

       

      In game two, Patrick Graham started the game and went 3.0 innings. He allowed two runs on four hits. Kevin Giffin picked up the win going 0.2 innings in relief.

       

      The Pacers scored one run in the top of the first inning. Neumann then sent 10 batters to the plate and scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning to take the lead. The Pacers got one run back in the top of the third with a solo homerun.

       

      Jarad Carney hit a two-run single in the third inning for a 6-1 lead. Neumann added two more in the fourth inning for an 8-2 game. Neumann added another run in the fifth and sixth en route to the 10-4 win.

       

      After the games, the Knights honored the seniors from this year’s squad: Trevor Wilkins, Adrian LaRowe, Drew Snow, Ted Fletcher, Scott Dougherty, JJ Sims and Otto Loor.

       

      Neumann (17-19, 10-8 CSAC) will now wait to see the seedings for the CSAC Championship tournament next week.

       

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      SUBJECT: Wilmington Softball Claims First Ever CACC Tournament Championship with 5-2 Victory over Georgian Court
      DATE: May 4, 2014
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      LAKEWOOD, N.J. - - Needing only one win to secure its first ever Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship, the Wilmington University softball team delivered with a 5-2 victory over Georgian Court in the CACC Tournament Championship game on Sunday hosted by Georgian Court.
      The Wildcats (28-24 overall) rode the arm of senior Stephanie Sarris in all four games on the CACC Tournament, as she tossed another complete game and only allowed two runs. She threw all 28 innings in the tournament, leading the Wildcats to their first ever CACC Tournament Championship. The senior was named CACC Tournament MVP for her effort.
      Like all tournament long, the Wildcats picked up early runs to swing the momentum, once again using the long ball to get on top early in the game.
      After both the Wildcats and the Lions (31-22 overall) went 1-2-3 in the first inning, the Wildcats took the lead for good in the top of the second. Sophomore Ashley Bennett roped her team leading seventh homer of the season to straight away center field, as the line drive blast was gone in an instance. Three batters later, Miranda Pedersen didn’t want to be outdone, so she lofted one down the line in right that left the yard for her fifth homer of the season, giving the Wildcats an early 2-0 lead.
      Georgian Court stranded a runner on first in the home half of the second, bringing the Wildcats bats back to the plate carrying the momentum.
      Kelsey Doherty started the frame off with a single back up the middle before reaching second on a stolen base. Cambria Ziemba moved her up on a ground out before Colby Wyatt plated Doherty with an RBI single to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead in the third.
      The Lions received a leadoff single in the fourth from Alyssa Paradiso, but the Lions left a runner on first as the inning ended on a foul out as Sarris escaped another jam.
      The Wildcats added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth, getting a leadoff double from Jen Fischbach before an RBI single from Michelle Panasiti brought home pinch runner Chelsea Botsch for the inning’s first run. Becca Stanley nearly hit her second homer of the tournament but the ball hit the top of the fence in left for a double, chasing Panasiti home from second for the 5-0 lead.
      The Lions were in action again with a leadoff single in the sixth, but this time they were able to capitalize. With Taylor Boltersdorf standing on second, Dara Schroeder single into right field, allowing Boltersdorf to score easily. As the throw came to the plate Schroeder attempted to take second, but a nice cut-off by Panasiti and ensuing throw to second nailed Schroeder for the first out in the inning and halting the Lions’ run.
      Trailing 5-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Lions put the pressure on Sarris and the Wilmington defense, getting back-to-back singles to start the inning. Two batters later, Bryana Smith singled to load the bases and bring the tying run to the plate with one out.
      Sarris induced Boltersdorf into an infield fly to Doherty at short for the second out of the inning but Schroeder kept the inning alive with an RBI single to left, putting the tying run on base. Stuck in a 1-2 count for multiple pitches, Sarris finally induced Paradiso into an grounder in the hole on the left side, which was snared by Doherty who tossed the ball to third for the final out of the game and the final out of the CACC Tournament.
      Bennett went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double in the game while Fischbach, Pedersen, and Panasiti contributed two hits apiece. Pedersen also ended with a homer and a double for the game.
      Joining Sarris on the All-Tournament team was Pedersen, Wyatt, and Doherty for the Wildcats. As a team, Wilmington hit seven homers in the four games, collecting 46 hits overall. They ended with a .377 team batting average for the tournament. The Wildcats also added eight doubles and a triple to slug .631 as a team.
      The Wildcats earned the CACC’s automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament. The NCAA will air the Division II Softball Selection show on NCAA.com on Monday morning at 10 a.m. That is when the Wildcats will discover when and where they are playing next in the NCAA East Region Tournament.

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      SUBJECT: University of Delaware Freshman Giovanna Kolofer Named To CAA Softball Second Team, Joined on All-Rookie Team By Sarah Bencivenga, Carolyn Szymanski

       

      DATE: May 6, 2014

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      HARRISONBURG, Va. -- University of Delaware freshman third baseman Giovanna Kolofer was named to the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Softball second team and was joined on the All-Rookie Team by classmates Sarah Bencivenga and Carolyn Szymanski Tuesday night at the conference awards banquet.

       

      Kolofer (Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame HS) appeared in 38 games while starting 35, all but two at third base, during her first season in Newark. She led the Blue Hens and ranks sixth in the league with a .340 batting average, while her four triples are tied for second in the CAA. Kolofer also was second on UD with 22 RBI while finishing third on the squad with 35 hits, 16 runs scored and 10 stolen bases.

       

      Kolofer tied the school single game record by scoring four runs against UMES on Apr. 2, and finished with six hits and six RBI during a doubleheader sweep at Rider two weeks later. She recorded an eight-game hitting streak, the longest by a Blue Hen on the season, from Mar. 16 through Apr. 2, culminating with 10 hits during the final four games of the streak.

       

      Bencivenga (Toms River, N.J./Toms River East) started all 48 games at shortstop for UD during her rookie campaign, batting .286 while ranking second on the squad with 42 hits and 20 runs scored. Bencivenga tied for the team lead and tied for fourth in the CAA with 12 stolen bases, and also finished the year with 16 RBI and three home runs.

       

      Bencivenga, who increased her batting average to .327 and led the squad with 17 hits during conference games, ranked second on the Blue Hens with 13 multi-hit games. She concluded her freshman season in impressive fashion, as she blasted two home runs and knocked in four during the regular season finale at James Madison on Apr. 27.

       

      Szymanski (Middletown, Del./Caravel) was named to the All-Rookie Team as a pitcher after she went 12-13 with a 4.17 earned run average in the circle. Szymanski fired a team-high 131 innings and hurled three shutouts, including the 15th no-hitter in school history with a five-inning blanking of Monmouth on Mar. 2.

       

      Szymanski also pitched a three-hit shutout against conference rival Drexel on Apr. 5, and allowed just two hits during a shutout of Lafayette four days later. Additionally, Szymanski batted .253 at the plate for the Blue Hens with a team-high four home runs to go with seven doubles and 14 RBI.

       

      Kolofer is the first UD rookie to be named to an All-CAA team since Michelle McKinnon in 2011, while this year marks the first time the Blue Hens have placed three players on the CAA All-Rookie Team.

       

      Additionally, sophomore second baseman Tori Conrad was selected to the inaugural CAA All-Academic Team. Conrad (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville), who has a 3.86 GPA as a political science major, batted .229 with eight hits, three runs scored and two RBI during the year.

       

      AGATE

       

      Colonial Athletic Association Softball First Team

      C - Erica Field, James Madison

      1B - Maggie Hawkins, Hofstra

      2B - Tori Rocha, Hofstra

      3B - Kelsey Hodgson, College of Charleston

      SS - Caitlin Sandy, James Madison

      SS - Lizzy Vaughn, College of Charleston

      OF - Chloe Fitzgerald, Hofstra

      OF - Niki Prince, James Madison

      OF - Olivia Yarbrough, Towson

      DP/NP - Carly Hansis, College of Charleston

      U/P - Jailyn Ford, James Madison

      P - Hope Klicker, College of Charleston

      P - Taylor Pirone, Hofstra

       

      Second Team

      C - Erin Trippi, Hofstra

      1B - Cassidy Clayton, James Madison

      2B - Hannah Hayes, James Madison

      3B - Giovanna Kolofer, Delaware

      SS - Becca Bigler, Hofstra

      OF - Carly Corthell, College of Charleston

      OF - Rebecca Mueller, College of Charleston

      OF - Taylor Newton, James Madison

      DP/NP - Lacey Clark, Hofstra

      U/P - Missy McCormick, Towson

      U/P - Casey Rowland, UNCW

      P - Heather Kiefer, James Madison

      P - Morgan Lashley, Hofstra

       

      All-Rookie Team

      Sarah Bencivenga, Delaware

      Holiday Cahill, Towson

      Kim Chan, Drexel

      Lacey Clark, Hofstra

      Giovanna Kolofer, Delaware

      Samantha Martin, College of Charleston

      Madyson Moran, James Madison

      Taylor Newton, James Madison

      Katie Padilla, College of Charleston

      Niki Prince, James Madison

      Carolyn Szymanski, Delaware

       

      CAA Player of the Year: Caitlin Sandy, James Madison

      CAA Pitcher of the Year: Jailyn Ford, James Madison

      CAA Rookie of the Year: Niki Prince, James Madison

      CAA Defensive Players of the Year: Eric Field, James Madison; Lizzy Vaughn, College of Charleston

      CAA Coach of the Year: Mickey Dean, James Madison

       

      All-Academic Team

      Karli Boyer, Drexel

      Tori Conrad, Delaware

      Casey Rowland, UNCW

      Caitlin Sandy, James Madison

      Rachael Senatore, Hofstra

      Jordan Trgovac, College of Charleston


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      SUBJECT: Wilmington Golf Slips to Seventh After Day Two at NCAA Super Regional
      DATE: May 6, 2014
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      CHARLESTON, W.Va. - - Starting the day on the back nine, the Wilmington University golf team stumbled on the front nine after the turn on day two of the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Super Regional at Edgewood Country Club on Tuesday afternoon.
      The Wildcats were even-par as a team at the turn, but finished with a 299, 15 over-par on the afternoon. The Wildcats now sit in seventh after two round of play with a two-day total of 292, +24 for the tournament.
      Freshman Sam Clark paced the Wildcats on Tuesday, finishing with a 73, two-over par on the day. He bounced back from bogeying the 10th, the first hole of the day, by hitting a birdie on 14. Clark finished the back nine with four straight pars to make the turn with an even par 37.
      The freshman went one-under par with a birdie on the par-three second hole, and again went one-under with a birdie on the par-four seventh. But a triple-bogey on the eighth hole, 17th of the day, put Clark two-over par before he finished his day with a par and a two-over score on Tuesday.
      Senior Jerry Temple posted a birdie on the par-five 16th to pull back to even on the back nine. He made the turn with an even-par 37 but bogeyed holes two, six, and nine, finishing his day with a three-over 74.
      Senior Tomasz Pulsakowski had an eventful first nine holes on Tuesday, as he bounced back from bogeys on holes 11, 12, and 15 by hitting birdies on 14, 16, and 17 to close the back nine with an even-par 37. After the turn however, it was a bogey on the second hole, a double-bogey on five, and a bogey on nine that resulted in a 75, four-over par score for the senior.
      Junior Alexander Lautenschlaeger hit birdies on 15 and 16 but finished his first nine holes with a double-bogey and a bogey on 17 and 18, respectively, closing the back nine with a 40, three-over par score. He birdied the par-five fifth but bogeys on three, four, six, and nine brought the junior’s score to 77, six-over par on the day.
      Senior Andrew Baldo birdied the par-five 16 to get back to even on the back nine, but recorded only two pars on the front nine to have his score slip. Bogey’s on one, two, and nine, in addition to triple bogeys on three, five, and eight, hurt the senior, as he finished with an 85, 14-over par in the second round.
      Temple and Pulsakowski lead the Wildcats after two rounds of play, sitting in a tie for 19th overall in the tournament. Clark is now tied for 36th overall while Lautenschlaeger sits in a tie for 68th overall. After two rounds, Baldo is 90th overall.
      St. Thomas Aquinas made the biggest move of the day, scoring a 273, 11-under par as a team to move into first place. It was a 20 stroke difference from the first round for the Spartans, as they now lead Indiana (Pa.) by two strokes. IUP shot a 274, 10-under par on Tuesday, also shooting 20 strokes better than day one to sit in second with a 568.
      Adelphi currently sits in third with a 581 two-round scored while Le Moyne is fourth with a 582 two-day score. Host Charlestion is fifth with a 588, followed by West Chester (591) and Wilmington (592).
      The top three teams after three round advance to the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
      Wilmington will look for a low score in the third and final round of the Super Regional on Wednesday, starting on the 10th hole in the final group of the day. The tee-times start at 12:50 p.m. for the Wildcats.

       
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      College Softball: NCAA DII Atlantic Super Regional

       
      WEST CHESTER, Pa. - West Chester's Kelly Anderson (Middletown, Pa./Caravel Academy) went 3-for-4 with a home run in the opener, but West Virginia Wesleyan right-hander Jessica Griffin kept the Golden Rams' bats silent in the nightcap as the two Atlantic Super Regional combatants split the first two games of the best-of-three series Saturday on the campus of West Chester University.

      West Chester (40-20) and West Virginia Wesleyan (46-14) will play a third-and-deciding game Sunday at 12 p.m. to determine who advances to the 2014 NCAA Division II national finals in Salem, Va., next week. Sunday's winner will play Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) out of the Southeast Region. They defeated host North Georgia in a third-and-deciding game Saturday to stamp their ticket to Salem, Va.
       
      Tickets to Sunday's decisive game three remain at $5 for adults, $3 for students and $2 for children 6-years-old and younger. Fans unable to make it to South Campus can listen to the game live on WCHE 1520 AM and online at www.wche1520.com.
       
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      Virginia Wesleyan struck first in game one with a run-scoring single from catcher Megan Malenstyn in the bottom of the first inning. However, West Chester, playing the role of visitor on its own home field due to being the lower seed, plated two runs in the third and never relinquished the lead.
       
      Kim Murl (Hamilton, N.J./Nottingham), who went the distance inside the circle, helped her own cause with a double to right-center that scored Anderson and pinch-runner Janessa Rios. Jess Schuck singled home Anderson in the fifth to put the Golden Rams in front 3-1.
       
      West Virginia Wesleyan pulled to within one with a single run in the bottom of the sixth. However, Anderson restored WCU's two-run lead with a solo home run to left-center in the seventh.
       
      Murl (22-10) surrendered 11 hits while walking two and striking out four. West Virginia Wesleyan stranded 13 base runners in the game one loss. The Bobcats' Jacquie Omichinski (19-6) allowed four runs, three of them earned, on eight hits. She walked two and struck out three.
       
      In the second game of the day, WVWC's Jessica Griffin (13-5) blanked the Golden Rams for the first five innings, while the Bobcats plated two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to open up a 5-0 lead.
       
      Griffin went the distance inside the circle for the win. She scattered eight hits over seven innings, allowing just one unearned run in the bottom of the seventh. Murl lasted 5.2 innings, yielding five runs, four of them earned, on eight hits.
       
      Laura Altenburger went 2-for-3 in the nightcap with West Chester's only RBI. J.P. Norris went 2-for-4 in game two, recording her 200th career hit in the process. Murl went 2-for-4 to finish the twinbill 3-for-8 at the plate.
       
      In the nightcap, West Chester stranded nine runners on base, including leaving the bases loaded in the first and seventh, and stranding runners at second and third in the sixth.
       
      NOTES: West Chester moves to 8-7 all-time in the NCAA Division II Softball Tournament … the Golden Rams' win in game one marked the first win for WCU in the Super Regional round … West Chester dropped both games at Kutztown in its only other trip this far into the postseason last spring … West Chester's win in game one also marked the 40th win of the season for the Golden Rams – the first time a WCU softball team has accomplished a 40-win season … Sr., 1B Jill Murray became the first player in PSAC history to eclipse 500 putouts in a single season.

              
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      Softball-William Penn beat Glasgow 13-8 in a hard fought game by both teams. Jessica Behorner was 3 for 4. Tia Smith was 2 for 3 and Alycea Watson was 3 for 4 with 6 RBI's and a 3 run home run. Ashley Keen was 2 for 3 for Glasgow.

      Olivia Ellis and Abby Cunningham combined for the shut out. Padua got multiple hits from Alexis Brooks and Ashley Stull. Kierstin Fallers scored twice to pace Padua to an 8-0 win over Ursuline.

      Softball-Katie Dudek picked up the victory in relief and had a double and 2 RBI at the plate to pace St. Marks to a 10-8 win over William Penn. Haley Frati was 4 for 4 with a walk, a stolen base and 2 runs scored. St. Mark's rallyed in the 6th to take the lead and then shut down the Colonials in the bottom of the seventh with the tying runs on base when the third out was recorded on a fly ball to center. Savannah Clark and Isabella Testa both had two hits for William Penn.

      Wilmington Christian played error free ball to defeat the Auks 14-0 in a conference game.Lead by solis 4-4 Wcs pounded out 15 hits with Eleuteriou and Botbyl enjoying their first 2 hit game.

      Concord defeated Newark 15-0 as various players contributed with multiple hits for Olivia Christy, Rhiannon Downey, Jenny DeFriece, and Sara Skammer. Rachel Pritchard had a three hit shutout with eleven strikeouts. Amanda Binning reached base twice for Newark

      Sarah Bessel went 3-4 and scored four runs. Juliette Emory was 2-4 with two runs scored and three RBI's to pace the Lady Redskins of Conrad to a 13-2 win over the Lady Vikings of Christiana. Isis Groce had 2 doubles for Christiana.

      Brandywine got the walk off win today with help from freshman Lexi Paul and Eryn Bailey as they defeated the Lady Cougars of Delcastle by a 6-5 score. They both had big triples in the bottom of the 7th. Laurel Bradley had 2 hits and 2 RBI's and Sierra Wright also had 2 hits. Samantha Satcher picked up a double and an RBI. Alicia Corrado pitched a good game and got the walk off hit to win the game. Delcastle had 2 hits from Coleman, Adams and Hynson. Bader pitched a good game and had a hit.

      Meghan Cowan tossed 4 hit shutout striking out 4. Emily Smith was 4 for 4, Devon Steiner and Kylie Shivery had 3 hits and 3 runs scored a piece while Jordan Schoeneberger knocked in 3 runs to pace the Lady Force of Charter to a 14-0 win over Delaware Military Academy. Katherine Pupillo had 2 hits for DMA.

      Shelby Voak and Jessica Leczner had 3 hits a piece for Caesar Rodney and Jordan Moseley earned another 17-2 victory over the Lady Blue Jays of Seaford. Seaford was lead by Sara Davis and Samantha Johnson's 2 hits a piece.

      Shelby Wilkins pitched a complete game allowing 1 run to earn the win for Sussex Central as they defeated the Lady Indians of Indian River 2-1. After reaching base by a single, Wilkins scored the tying run on a sac fly from Kasie Simpson. Kayleigh Warren drove in the winning run with a bunt single.

      Brandi Dalious was 3-5 with 2 RBI, Kailey Perry and Whitney DeMora added two hits each for the Panthers as they defeated the Lady Ravens of Sussex Tech 10-1. Shaina Reed had 9 strikeouts. Sussex Tech scored a run in the fourth when Nicole Ullman walked with one out and her courtesy runner, Gabriella Lopez, scored on Courtney Tate's double.

      Destiny Thomson paced Lake's 16 hit attack with 3 hits including a triple to pace the Lady Spartans of Lake Forest to a 14-2 win over the Lady Senators of Dover. Gabi Cubbage, Kerrigan Simpson, Catera Kennedy, Katherine Betts, Julia Joyce and Monique Daniels added two hits each. Kyndell Belcher had a double and a single for Dover.

      Brittany Ford was 2 for 2 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Kiera Swank was 2 for 3 with 4 RBI's and 1 run scored. to pace the Lady Bucs of Caravel to a 12-0 win over St. Georges. Holly Brooks was 2 for 2 with 3 RBI's and 2 runs scored. Emily Neal was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored for Caravel Academy.

      Jackie Beeson was 3 for 4 for Mount and Casey Wakai and Tionne Henson were both 2 for 3 as the Lady Green Knights of Mt. Pleasant defeated the Eagles of Delaware Association Safety School 18-2. Mary Elleen Rojas 2 for 3 for DAPSS.

       

      Softball-Multple hits for Con Rachel Pritchard, Ashlee Stritzinger,Jenny DeFriece and Cori Rydgren to pace Concord to a 9-3 win over Hodgson. Hodgson's Karri McMillan had a two run home run.

      Brittany Woods went 3 for 3, Gaby Culver went 2 for 4, and Sara Jo Whaley hit a walk off double to win the game for Laurel Lady Bulldogs as they defeated the Lady Indians of Indian River 1-0.

      Becca Alexander led Middletown's offense with 3 hits, 3 RBI's and 3 runs scored to pace the Lady Cavaliers of Middletown to a 10-0 win over the Lady Bulldogs of Brandywine. Samantha Royston added 2 hits with 2 RBI's. Laurel Bradley had 2 hits for Brandywine.

      Jenna Bessel was 4-4 with 2 runs scored and came in to get the win in relief of Morgan Cumming to pace the Lady Tigers of AI Dupont to a 6-5 win over the Lady Vikings of St Elizabeth. Becca Outten, Billy Hughart and Tyler Eddy each added 2 hits for the Tigers. Leighton Trimarco had 2 hits and Julia Casson added 2 RBI's for the Vikings.

      Kayla Murray earned the win while The Raiders of Ursuline defeated the Lady Highlanders of McKean 15-1 along with multiple hits from Julia Hallman, Gina Hallman, Carly Volko & Stephanie Drake. McKean's Kathryn Sayers & Kaitlyn Simpers each doubled.

      oftball Devon Steiner was 4 for 5 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. Kylie Shivery had 3 hits while Jordan Schoeneberger knocked in 3 runs. Meghan Cowan scattered 5 hits picking up her 11th win of the year as Charter defeated St. Georges 16-3. Haley Powers was 2 for 3 for St. George's.

      Danni Adams lead the Cougars going 1 - 2 with a HR, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBIs. Delcastle was also supported with strong performances from Eugenea Campbell with 4 runs scored and Megan Hynson with a double, 2 RBIs, and 2 runs scored as they defeated the Lady Rams of Dickinson by a 17-3 score. Ivelys Santiago singled and scored for the Rams.

      Archmere out hit Mount Pleasant but Mount's Sarah Gosling went the distance allowing only 3 earned runs for her 10th win of the season as they defeated the Lady Auks by a 8-5 score. The Auks Maryanna Lynch was 3 for 3 with a triple a RBI and 4 assists from third base.

      William Penn broke open a scoreless game in the 6th with a 2 run double by Alycea Watson and Judell Rufino followed up with an RBI single to pace the Lady Colonials by a 4-3 score over the Lady Senators of Dover. Dover made a come back in the 7th with a couple of walks and a 2 run double by Kyndell Belcher. William Penn held on for the win with excellent Pitching by Savanna Clark.

      Kariana Atanacio earned the win in the circle while striking out twelve. At the plate she helped the cause by going 2 for 3 with an RBI. Caroline Jadick added 2 hits of her own for Appoquinimink as they defeated the Lady Redskins of Conrad 5-2. Jayme Richardson had a big day for the Lady Jags going 3 for 4 including a triple and homerun with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

      Morgan Dodge tripled to center with one out in the first and scored on a single by Shaina Reed for POLYTECH's first run of the game and defeated Red Lion Christian by a 3-2 score. Red Lion's Caitlin Buckalew walked to lead off in the bottom of the first and scored on a homerun by Noelle Holiday. Kailey Perry and Brandi Dalious both singled in the fifth and scored on a groundout and an error.

      Becca Outten, Jenna Bessel and Tyler Eddy were 2 for 3 and Billy Hughart and Lyndasia Jones also contributed key hits for the Tigers as they defeated the Lady Spartans of St. Marks 12-1. Bessel scattered 3 hits and struck out 5. Haley Frati singled and had the RBI for St. Marks.

      On Senior Night Allie Barrick Pitched her last game as a Warrior and the game was stopped in the 6th on an RBI single by senior Jordan Donovan to pace Wilmington Christian by a 12-2 score over the Lady Royals of Delmarva Christian Academy. Walls Double and 2 RBIs in the !st lead a much improved DMCA

       

       

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      College Softball

      2014 NCAA DII National Finals

      Armstrong Atlantic       5

      West Chester                 1

       

      West Chester Drops Opener At College World Series, 5-1

       

      SALEM, Va. – Erin Quense (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) homered, but 19th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic responded with five unanswered runs as the Pirates took a 5-1 decision from West Chester University in the opening game of the 2014 NCAA Division II National Finals at sun-splashed James I. Moyer Sports Complex Thursday.

       

      West Chester (41-21) will take on LIU-Post (50-10) in an elimination game Saturday at noon. Armstrong Atlantic (36-13) advances into the winner’s bracket and will face top-ranked West Texas A&M (57-7) at 4 p.m. on Friday.

       

      Quense led off the top half of the third inning with her ninth home run of the season that put the Golden Rams on top, 1-0. However, Armstrong Atlantic answered right back with a two-out rally aided by an error that allowed an unearned run to tie the game. For the first three innings, Kim Murl (Hamilton, N.J./Nottingham) seemed to have her good stuff. She worked ahead in the count and induced six ground ball outs against the Pirates’ powerful lineup.

       

      “We knew (Murl) was a drop-ball pitcher,” Armstrong Atlantic head coach Ted Evans said. “We thought we were ready for that. But, the first time around it didn’t look like we had even practiced for it. But, we made some adjustments and started hitting the ball square.”

       

      Armstrong’s Haley Ellis and Alexis Mercer were the first to make those adjustments, each hitting home runs to left that put the Pirates on top, 3-1. Mercer’s smash was her 23rd of the season. Hannah Reppert doubled in a run in the fifth inning, and Mercer singled up the middle to chase home the final run of the ballgame and make it a 5-1 score.

       

      From there, Pirates right-hander, Olivia McLemore (25-6), shut the door thanks in part to three double plays. West Chester put the lead runner on base in each of the final three innings, but could not overcome the double plays to push any runs across. McLemore scattered three hits over seven innings while walking three and striking out one. Armstrong also took advantage of two West Chester errors to score a pair of unearned runs in the game.

       

      “I don’t think we were as sharp defensively,” West Chester head coach Diane Lokey said. “But, when you get to this level, hard work and a little bit of luck can take you a long way. We hit the ball hard. We just hit it right at people. That’s how (Armstrong) got most of their double plays. We weren’t lucky today.”

       

      Murl (23-11) went the distance inside the circle for the Golden Rams, allowing five runs on 10 hits. She walked one and did not strike out a batter. Unfortunately, her one walk came with the bases loaded and two outs in the third inning that allowed the Pirates to tie the game.

       

      “We have faced adversity all season,” senior outfielder Kelly Anderson (Middletown, Del./Caravel Academy) said. “We will take some time off tomorrow to come out and watch some softball. Then, come back on Saturday ready to play.”

       

      Laura Altenburger (Feasterville, Pa./Neshaminy) and Jill Murray (Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann-Goretti) recorded West Chester’s other two hits, outside of Quense’s homer. Those pair of hits led off the fifth inning. However, Quense grounded into a 5-4-3 double play, and Begley grounded out to first base to end the threat.

       

      Megan Kelly (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) walked to lead off the sixth, but was stranded at second. Murl walked to lead off the seventh and was cut down at second on a fielder’s choice grounder by Altenburger. However, Murray’s lined shot was stabbed by a diving Pirates’ shortstop, Mercer. She got to her feet and doubled off Altenburger to end the game.

       

      Saturday’s game can be heard live on WCHE 1520 AM. It can also be seen live via a web stream broadcast provided by the NCAA at NCAA.com.

       

      NOTES: West Chester falls to 0-3 all-time against Armstrong Atlantic … West Chester’s all-time record in the NCAA Tournament is now 9-8 … Thursday’s game marked the first College World Series game for West Chester’s softball program … May 22 marks the latest date in the spring that West Chester’s softball program has ever played an intercollegiate game … West Chester played its school-record 62nd contest of the season … that breaks the baseball team’s school record of 61 games played in 2006 … it also ties the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference record for games played in a single season (Bloomsburg in 2000, Shippensburg in 2004 and Kutztown in 2008) … OF Megan Kelly and 2B Jess Schuck appeared in their 62nd games of the season … that ties the PSAC mark shared by 11 players … West Chester is 1-3 all-time against LIU-Post … the two have not met since 2001.

       

       

       

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      From: "Selheimer, Scott"
      Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 7:34:44 AM
      Subject: SUBJECT: Jessica Grisler, Heather Oakley, Shelby Jones, Danielle Wissinger Named 2015 University of Delaware Softball Captains

       

      SUBJECT: Jessica Grisler, Heather Oakley, Shelby Jones, Danielle Wissinger Named 2015 University of Delaware Softball Captains

       

      DATE: September 11, 2014

       

      NEWARK, Del. -- UD seniors Jessica Grisler and Heather Oakley, junior Shelby Jones and sophomore Danielle Wissinger have been named 2015 University of Delaware softball team captains, fifth-year Blue Hen head coach Jaime Wohlbach has announced.

       

      Grisler, a native of Sacramento, Calif. (Foothill HS), has started all 160 games during her first three years at Delaware, while her .333 career batting average would be the fifth highest in UD history. She enters her senior year ranked sixth in school history with 173 hits, and needs 33 more to set the new Blue Hen record. Grisler also ranks fifth at Delaware with 95 runs scored, tied for sixth with 28 doubles and 233 total bases, and eighth with 23 stolen bases.

       

      Grisler was named the team’s Offensive MVP for the third consecutive year in the spring, when she started in rightfield and batted leadoff during all 48 games. She led the Blue Hens with 51 hits, 31 runs scored, nine doubles, 24 RBI and 21 walks, while she ranked second on the team and eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association with a .327 batting average.

       

      Oakley, an Orland, Calif. native (Orland HS), appeared in all 38 games while making 33 starts during her first year in Newark. Oakley, who made all but three of her starts at first base, batted .216 with 21 hits, 12 RBI, five runs scored and four doubles.

       

      Jones, a native of Lake Forest, Calif. (El Toro HS), has appeared in all but two games during her first two seasons as a Blue Hen and is tied for 11th in UD history with seven career home runs. Jones started all 48 games in leftfield last season, tying for second on the team with three homers, third with 18 RBI, and tied for third with 16 runs scored. Jones, who earned the squad’s Sportsmanship and Blue Hen Awards for the second consecutive season, belted a grand slam and an inside the park homer during a doubleheader sweep of UMES on Apr. 2.

       

      Wissinger, a Hagerstown, Md. native (North Hagerstown HS), started all 48 games as the Blue Hens’ catcher and played every inning behind the plate as a freshman. Named the team’s Defensive MVP, Wissinger threw out 16 runners attempting to steal during the year. She also batted .252 at the plate with 31 hits, six doubles, nine RBI and eight runs scored in her rookie season.

       

      The Blue Hens return eight position starters and their entire pitching staff from last year’s squad that finished 23-25, as UD will look to qualify for the CAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years under Wohlbach this spring.

       

      FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Kevin Tritt at: ktritt@udel.edu (email) / 302-831-8715 (office) / 302-383-5005 (cell)

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      From: "Athletic Communications"
      To: "Doug Meffley"
      Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:45:16 PM
      Subject: SB: Marisa Bast Named NCAA Woman of the Year Top 9 Finalist

       
      RELEASE URL: http://bit.ly/1ysJ1Kh

      CONTACT: Doug Meffley (d-meffley@northwestern.edu; 847-491-3688)

       
       
      EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern All-American, Academic All-American and Big Ten Medal of Honor winner Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) has been named one of nine finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, the organization announced today.

      Three women from each of the NCAA's three divisions comprise the final nine, making Bast one of just three Division I finalists for the award. An initial list of 446 nominees was submitted from schools across the country when the process began in May. On Sept. 2, Bast was named to an initial list of 30 finalists representing 10 student-athletes from each NCAA Division. 

       

      Bast is the first Northwestern student-athlete to ever be named a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. The 2014 Woman of the Year will announced at an annual ceremony October 19 in Indianapolis. 

       

      The NCAA Woman of the Year Award is based on outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. A two-time Capital One Academic All-American in the classroom and an NFCA All-American on the field, Bast's resume shines brightest in community service and leadership. 

       

      As part of Northwestern's Undergraduate Leadership Certificate program, Bast created from the ground up an anti-bullying program for local schools called R.O.A.R.R. (Reach Out And Reinforce Respect). Not only was the program wildly successful under Bast's direction, but she created a sustainable model that will ensure it's continued implementation in the coming years. 

       

      Bast graduated in June with a degree in Learning and Organizational Change and wasrecruited to work with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to enhance the body's operations. 

       

      In her personal statement for the award, Bast wrote: "I am humbled and grateful to be receiving one of the most prestigious educations in the country while simultaneously pursuing my passion on the softball field... I stepped foot on this campus with the goal of giving back and impacting those around me - my team and my community. Little did I know the lessons learned through those experiences would transfer to all avenues of life, enhancing me personally by encouraging me to radiate positivity and optimism and view each day as a Northwestern student-athletes as an opportunity to better myself and make a difference for others."

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      From: "Christopher J Brewer"
      Cc: "Hayley E Otto"
      Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2014 11:16:28 AM
      Subject: Iowa Women’s Tennis: Hawkeyes to Compete at Furman Fall Classic

      Iowa Women’s Tennis                                                                                                                                  

      Athletic Communications Contact: Hayley Otto

       

      Hawkeyes to Compete at Furman Fall Classic

      Three-day tournament begins Friday in Greenville, S.C.

       

      IOWA CITY, Iowa --   The University of Iowa women’s tennis team continues its fall tournament play this week at the Furman Fall Classic in Greenville, S.C. The tournament begins Friday and concludes Sunday at the Mickel Tennis Center.

       

      In addition to Iowa, tournament participants include Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. Of the eight teams set to compete, six were ranked in the top 34 of the final 2014 ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings; Alabama (No. 6), Vanderbilt (No. 11), Clemson (No. 13), South Carolina (No. 26), Florida State (No. 31), and Tennessee (No. 34).

       

      “We’re going to be seeing some very good competition this weekend, a lot of ACC and SEC schools,” said UI head coach Kate Dougherty.

       

      Last season the Furman Fall Classic proved to be a good test for Iowa. Aimee Tarun made her Hawkeye debut collecting victories in both singles and doubles play, and junior Shelby Talcott made a comeback during the second day of competition, defeating Brigit Folland of South Carolina, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.

       

      Freshman Montana Crawford leads Iowa with a 4-0 singles record this fall. Crawford took first place in the Gold Flight of the Gopher Invitational last week, defeating UNI’s Elvira Lopes, 7-6 (6), 6-2. Crawford and senior Morven McCulloch teamed up in the Draw 10 of the tournament and had success against Hunt/Kemper (UNI), 2-0, retire and Lederman/Trimble (UK) 8-2.

       

      “This is a great opportunity to test ourselves against some of the best teams and players in the country,” said Dougherty, “and another good gauge of things we need to work on going into a two and a half week lull before competing again.”

       

       

      Chris Brewer | Assistant Director of Athletic Communications | University of Iowa

      S300 Carver-Hawkeye Arena | Iowa City, IA 52242-1020

      Office: 319-335-9411 | Cell: 319-325-3483

       

      FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THE HAWKEYES

      VISIT: www.hawkeyesports.com

       

       

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      From: "Selheimer, Scott"
      Sent: Friday, November 21, 2014 10:36:17 PM
      Subject: SUBJECT: Alexis Mettler, Anna Steinmetz Sign National Letters of Intent With University of Delaware Softball Program

       
      SUBJECT: Alexis Mettler, Anna Steinmetz Sign National Letters of Intent With University of Delaware Softball Program
       
      DATE: November 21, 2014
       
      NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware softball head coach Jaime Wohlbach has announced that Alexis Mettler and Anna Steinmetz have signed National Letters of Intent with the Blue Hens and will enroll at UD next fall.
       
      Mettler, a pitcher and utility player who attends Pitman High School in Turlock, Calif., is a three-year Central California all-conference selection. She has been named Pitman’s Most Valuable Player during each of the last two seasons, after earning the Coaches Award as a freshman.
       
      An outstanding student, Mettler has earned Academic all-conference accolades three consecutive seasons and has made the Principals Honor Roll during all four years of high school.
       
      Steinmetz, a catcher who attends West Chester Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester, Pa., is a three-time first team All-Ches-Mont, All-Area, and AAAA All-State honoree. A three-year team captain, Steinmetz has already belted 20 career home runs and has batted .500 or better during each of her first three seasons.
       
      FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Kevin Tritt at: ktritt@udel.edu (email) / 302-831-8715 (office) / 302-383-5005 (cell)

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