UNION, New Jersey — Top-seeded Lebanon Valley College used a three-run sixth inning outburst to come from behind and eliminate third seed Husson University 3-1 in the Union Regional of the NCAA Division III softball tourney on Sunday.
Husson had earlier eliminated Keene State 1-0 after dropping an 8-0 decision to Kean on Friday.
Haley Neff earned the win in the circle for Lebanon Valley and was backed by Katie Deardorff’s two-run home run
Husson scored its run in the fourth on singles by Lyndsay Merrill, Breanna Martin and Casey Lopes.
Kayla Merrill (15-4) suffered the loss for the Eagles as she gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings while striking out two and not walking a batter.
The Eagles persevered in the first game for the victory after a 20-hour rain delay.
Husson scored its run in the seventh when Martin led off with a booming double to right. Casey Lopes moved pinch runner Sarah Babin to third and Jess Poulin singled to score Babin.
Merrill earned the victory by scattering six hits and striking out seven.
St. Joseph’s eliminated
At Wellesley, Mass., Saint Joseph’s College (34-6) bowed out of the NCAA DIII Softball Tournament with a pair of losses at Wellesley College on Saturday. The Monks fell into the losers’ bracket with a 5-2 setback at the hands of Bridgewater State University (31-12) in nine innings and saw their season come to a close with a 6-0 loss to Wellesley.
In the first game, Bridgewater State was paced by a 3-for-5 day from Jill Welch, who drove in a pair of runs. Courtney Leddy collected two hits and the go ahead RBI in the win, and Kelly McCarthy also drove in a pair of runs.
Saint Joseph’s offense was led by Kim Jordan, who went 2-for-4, and Lindsay Moore and Theresa Hendrix both drove in runs for the Monks.
In the second game, Wellesley’s Lindsay Johnson allowed only five hits while walking two and striking out three.
Carla Tripp singled twice for St. Joe’s.
ECSU 6, USM 5
At Mansfield, Conn., senior Gavin Lavallee’s seventh-inning solo home run proved to be the difference as the top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors defeated the second-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies in the championship game of the Little East Conference Championship Tournament Saturday.
The win was the 10th straight for the Warriors (32-7) who will receive the LEC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship Tournament that begins next week with eight regional tournaments.
The Huskies (31-12) will await Monday’s NCAA tournament field announcement for a possible at-large berth.
Sam Dexter was the Huskies’ lone hitter with two hits.
Sanborn records 600th victory
Will Sanborn tallied the 600th win of his career as the head coach of the Saint Joseph’s College baseball program when his Monks topped Bates College, 8-7, in a non-conference contest in Lewiston Wednesday.
Sanborn, now in his 22nd season as the Monks’ skipper, is the winningest head coach in SJC Athletics history and the first-ever to reach the 600-victory plateau. Now 601-322-5 (.651) over the course of his career, Sanborn is just the 44th individual to accumulate 600 or more wins in the history of the NCAA DIII Baseball.
Colby 16, Plymouth St. 5
At Waterville, Colby College seniors Sarah Lux, Katie Griffin, and Alex Mintz combined for nine goals and five assists to help the Mules to the victory over Plymouth State University in an NCAA Division III Tournament second-round game at Bill Alfond Field on Saturday.
Colby will take on Williams College in a third round game next Saturday at Cortland State.
Colby head coach Karen MacCrate Henning won her 200th career game and has a 200-53 overall record. She is 97-32 at Colby in seven years and had a 103-21 mark at C.W. Post.
Track & field
Maine’s McCarthy wins heptathlon
At Westfield, Mass., on a day that senior Jessica McCarthy could have chosen to be with her senior peers at commencement back in Orono, the member of Maine women’s track and field took first in the heptathlon at the NEICAAA Outdoor Championships.
McCarthy tallied three-straight first-place finishes in the final three events to secure the heptathlon crown, finishing with a two-day total of 4,809 points.
She got off a great start in the first event of the day as she took first in the long jump with a mark (17-01.50). She then followed that up with another first-place finish in the javelin throw with a distance of (115-08). She finished the final event with her third first-place finish with a win in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:20.5.