College roundup: Husson softball team earns its first NCAA regional win

Posted May 10, 2013, at 4:49 p.m.

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Deb Colpitts scored the game-winning run in the top of the second inning and sophomore Kayla Merrill and junior Amanda Ryan combined on an eight-hit shutout as seventh-seeded Husson University beat sixth-seeded Bridgewater State University, 1-0, in an elimination game on Friday afternoon in the Babson Park NCAA Division III Regional at Alumni Field.

Husson, which earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament win, moves to 31-11-1 while Bridgewater State University finished at 26-17. Husson advances to an elimination game on Saturday at noon against the loser of Friday game between Tufts and Springfield.

Earlier Friday, Rowan beat Husson 1-0.

Merrill moved to 5-1 by scattering seven hits over 5 2/3 innings with three strikeouts before giving way to Ryan, who got the final four outs of the game to earn her first save of the season. Senior Lona Sargent and sophomore Heidi Shaw had the only hits in the game for the Eagles, who took advantage of four errors and two walks.

Senior Meghan Dunntook the loss for the Bears, allowing one unearned run on one hit to go along with a strikeout in four innings of work.

Husson put together its best scoring opportunity of the day in the top of the second inning. Colpitts reached second as shortstop Jocelyn Bettencourt misplayed a groundball and overthrew first baseman Meagan Pacheco to start the inning before quickly moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by Merrill. First-year Sami Schultz walked on four pitches and pinch-runner sophomore Melissa Souza stole second giving the Eagles runners on second and third with just one out. Colpitts scored one batter later when Dunn misplayed a bunt by Shaw, giving Husson a 1-0 lead.

Rowan 1, Husson 0

BABSON PARK, Mass. — Senior LeAnne Miller tossed a two-hit shutout and junior Krysti Maronski scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning as second-seeded Rowan University topped seventh-seeded Husson University, 1-0, in game four of the Babson Park NCAA Division III Regional Friday at Alumni Field.

With the victory, Rowan moves to 38-7 on the season while Husson, which lost for only the third time since early April, falls to 30-11-1 overall.

Rowan advances to face regional host Babson in a winnners’ bracket game at a time to be determined on Saturday morning.

Miller retired the first 11 batters she faced, and prior to giving up a pair of singles in the top of the seventh inning, had allowed just one base runner on Husson senior Aimee Mortensen’s single with two outs in the fourth. Miller (22-3), who has won 20 of her last 21 decisions, struck out five and lowered her ERA to 0.94 on the season.

Husson junior Amanda Ryan tossed her seventh complete game of the season for the Eagles, falling to 10-4. She gave up just the one earned run on six hits and a walk while recording 12 ground-ball outs against a potent Rowan lineup.

Rowan finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth inning as Maronski hit a one-out single up the middle and junior Meagan Lee followed with a walk. First-year Christina Lee came on as a pinch runner at first base and both runners moved up on a wild pitch by Ryan before Alysa Romero hit a sacrifice fly to foul territory deep down the right field line to plate Maronski and pushing the Profs ahead 1-0.

Husson’s best scoring opportunity came in the top of the seventh inning as Mortensen and sophomore Kayla Merrill both singled around a fielder’s choice by sophomore Deb Colpitts to put runners on first and second with two outs. First-year Breanna Martin was called upon to pinch hit, but Miller, who had retired seven straight batters heading into the final inning, buckled down and induced a pop up to shortstop to end the game.

St. Joseph’s 4, Lesley 0

BABSON PARK, Mass. — First-year Melissa Mayhew hit a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning and junior Rae-Marie Copan tossed a one-hit shutout as fifth-seeded St. Joseph’s College defeated eighth-seeded Lesley University, 4-0, in the first elimination game of the Babson Park Regional on Friday at Alumni Field.

St. Joseph’s College snapped a three-game losing skid and moved to 34-12 overall while Lesley finishes at 24-19. St. Joseph’s advances to a second elimination game on Saturday where they will face either Rowan or Babson at 2 p.m.

Mayhew was 2-for-3 while junior Lindsay Moore smacked a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning for the Monks. Senior Danyelle Shufelt, the program’s single-season leader in hits, singled once and scored a run, and classmate Heather Tripp also singled and scored.

Copan, who moved to 13-2 with the victory, struck out five and induced 13 flyouts on the day. Mercurio (12-6) took the loss for Lesley, allowing four unearned runs on five hits, striking out one and walking one.

BASEBALL

Wesleyan 8, Bowdoin 6

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — In a game that featured 10 unearned runs, the Wesleyan University baseball team survived a late rally to defeat Bowdoin, 8-6, on the opening day of the 2013 NESCAC Baseball Championship Friday afternoon.

Wesleyan advances to a winner’s bracket game against Amherst, an 8-5 winner over Trinity, Sat., May 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Wesleyan. Bowdoin and Trinity go at it in an elimination game at Beehive Field in New Britain, also at 10:30. The winner of the elimination game takes on the loser of the winner’s game in another elimination game at Wesleyan Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The tournament concludes on Sunday.

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