2013 NCAA® Angola Regional Softball Tournament
Devin Boggs - Capital
Alex Walter - Thomas More
Carly Searles - Trine
Leah Hall - Trine
Sadie Stuart - Allegheny
Nicole Rodi - Allegheny
Halea Hayden - Allegheny
Caitlin Nealer - Allegheny
Sami Frazier - Anderson
Katie Lee - Anderson
Lauren Smith - Anderson
Samantha Steele - Anderson
MOP - Yardley Collett - Anderson
Game 15 - Ravens Knock Off Gators to Claim Regional Title
ANGOLA, Ind. - Anderson University grabbed a 3-0 lead in the third inning of final game the 2013 NCAA Division III Angola Softball Regional Angola and never let up, defeating the Allegheny College Gators 5-1 to claim the regional title and advance to the national tournament beginning on May 17 in Eau Claire, Wis.
It was the second time in two days that the teams would meet with the same result. No. 8-seed Anderson defeated No. 6-seed Allegheny, 16-4, on Sunday afternoon in game 14. That left each team with one defeat, thus making game 15 a winner-take-all finale today.
Being the first to bring in runners makes the other team chase, Ravens head coach Tony Holloway had said after winning Sunday’s game. His team got on the board first today after two scoreless innings.
The Gators, under first-season coach Beth Curtiss, had been in the winners’ bracket from the first day of tournament action on Thursday, defeating three teams to get to the final.
“We didn’t play our best ball at the end, but we played our best ball to get here,” Curtiss said. Her team committed five errors today of which Anderson scored on two.
In the bottom of the third, Anderson senior Natalie Moorhouse doubled to right center off Allegheny pitcher Caitlin Nealer. Junior Katie Lee then reached on an error allowing Moorhouse to score. Senior Amy Wuestefeld singled to score Lee and Wuestefeld scored on a three-base error by the Gators left fielder.
At the top of the fourth, Allegheny plated their only run when senior Nicole Rodi singled up the middle to bring in junior Halea Hayden, who had singled through the left side, bringing the score to 3-1 in Anderson’s favor.
The Ravens didn’t score in the fourth, but made up for it with two runs in the fifth. “We got a couple of big breaks and tacked a couple on,” Holloway said.
Sophomore Samantha Steele reached on an infield single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then third on a single by Wuestefeld before scoring on another Gators error. Sophomore Yardley Collett singled down the left field line to bring in Wuestefeld, who had advance to second on a throwing error.
Neither team scored in the sixth, as Anderson brought in freshman Sami Frazier to relieve senior Devin Moorman on the mound after the Gators had two runners on and with the tying run on-deck.
The Gators got a runner on in the top of the seventh but were unable to make a rally as the Ravens claimed their first regional crown.
“The team has a lot to be proud of getting to this point,” coach Curtiss said. “The team came back after a loss yesterday and to really fight shows a lot,” she said. “I’m proud of that, too.”
Curtiss also gave a nod to pitcher Nealer because she handled “a lot of pressure to take on what she did.”
“I was 0-29 coming in and I’ve been trying to reach this point in my 30-year career and trying to get the team here,” sixth-season coach Holloway said. “If it wasn’t for the team, I wouldn’t be here today.”
Holloway dubbed Collett a “clutch RBI player” who was “pretty automatic every time we needed that ball put into play.” Collett was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
“I’m so happy,” Collett said after the game. “I’m so proud of the team in general â€¦everyone from freshman to seniors pulled us through.”
Holloway was also quick to credit his pitching staff. Moorman is a returning conference pitcher of the year; freshman Frazier has “come on very strong and is a leading winning pitcher with double-digit wins; freshman Hannah Belo has seven wins and senior Lauren Smith has “stepped up big,” Holloway said.
Game 14 - Allegheny Falls, Ravens Force Winner-Take-All
ANGOLA, Ind. - Anderson University is a on three-game winning streak at the 2013 NCAA Division Angola Softball Regional, dealing a blow to Allegheny College, 16-4, in this afternoon’s game 14 and for a 15th and final game of the regional in a winner-take-all rematch.
The Ravens used two homers and other heavy hitting while it capitalized on six errors by the Allegheny Gators to force a final game that’s scheduled for play at 10 a.m. Monday.
“Tomorrow’s another day,” Allegheny head coach Beth Curtiss said. Today’s loss to Anderson was the first for No. 6-seed Allegheny.
“This is what we talked about all year, doing things right and everything works out for us,” Ravens head coach Tony Holloway said. “We came out and had some big hits.”
Senior Amy Wuestefeld rallied the Ravens with a triple in the top of the first inning off Gators starting pitcher sophomore Caitlin Nealer. Wuestefeld scored when senior Katy Ogden grounded out to first. Anderson added another run in the second when senior Lauren Smith doubled to left field and was driven home when senior Devin Moorman singled up the middle.
Each team scored three in the third. Anderson had runners on second and third when sophomore Yardley Collett singled up the middle and brought in both runs. Senior Natalie Moorhouse would drive in the other run on a doubled to right center.
Allegheny answered with a two-run single to center by senior Stephanie Fort. She would then come in on a Nealer single up the middle, closing the gap to 5-3.
Anderson scored a run in the fourth when Wuestefeld hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring freshman Katy McCool.
Each team brought in a runner in the fifth, with Anderson holding a 7-4 lead. Anderson’s run came in the form of a homer to center field by Hess. Allegheny’s run came as senior Nicole Rodi doubled to left center and brought in junior Halea Hayden.
In the top of the sixth, Anderson scored four times capped off by a three-run homer from Ogden
As it turned out, the sixth was a warm up for the Ravens who brought in five runs in the top of the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Gators couldn’t get a hit to chase the Ravens as they went down in order to end the game.
Game 13 - Anderson Wins on Smith Walk-Off Single
ANGOLA, Ind. - Anderson University scored the winning run against Aurora University in the seventh to advance to the championship game against Allegheny College in the 2013 NCAA Division III Angola Softball Regional, bringing together two of the lower seeds in the tournament.
Anderson and Aurora were scoreless the first four innings of game 13. In the bottom of the fifth, the Anderson Raven scored three runs on three hits to take the lead, 3-0.
The Aurora Spartans came out swinging in the top of the sixth when senior Stephanie Lynch singled to right field and senior Tristan Wilcox homered down the left field line. After senior Mia Henderson singled through the left side, Anderson brought in freshman Sami Frazier to relieve senior Devin Moorman on the mound. After the switch, Aurora had one hit and another run, tying the score 3-3.
In the top of the seventh, Aurora was retired in order giving Anderson a chance to win it.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, senior Lauren Smith faced a full count and singled up the middle to bring in fellow senior Amanda Wuestefeld, cleared the Anderson dugout in celebration.
No. 8-seed Anderson faces No. 6-seed Allegheny in the championship game that started before 2:30 p.m. today. If Allegheny wins they will advance to the NCAA National Championship. However, if Anderson wins, the two teams will face off in a winner-take-all finale on Monday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m.
Game 12 - Ravens Knock out Top-Seeded Thunder
ANGOLA, Ind. - Trine University's championship hopes ended in game 12 of the 2013 NCAA Division III Angola Softball Regional as they fell to Anderson University 10-6.
The loss ended one of the Thunder's best seasons with a 38-5 record while also winning the MIAA tournament last weekend and had captured the conference title.
"I know this is the best ball club that ever played at this university," Trine head coach Donnie Danklefsen said. "I'm so proud of these four seniors and one day they'll appreciate what they did, too," he said of the foursome who made their final home appearance. Seniors Sarah Belote, Andi Gasco, Lauren Harris and Ashton Morgan all agreed it had been a great season despite the abrupt end.
"Obviously, it's not how we expected it to end, but we can't regret how the season went, either," Harris said.
The Ravens were fueled by a homer in the second and six runs in the third that kept Trine trailing after them. Trine stopped the Ravens from scoring in the fourth and sixth, but failed to warm up their bats.
Anderson scored off an error in the top of the first inning to take the lead, 1-0, when Trine tallied two hits, but no runs and two runners were thrown out at the plate.
In the second, Raven senior Natalie Moorhouse made the team's sole hit of the inning count when she cracked a home run to left center.
Trine answered that run when sophomore Leah Hall singled to third. Belote would reach on an error that also allowed Hall to score.
The Ravens cushioned their lead in the third, scoring six runs on six hits.
"We got off hitting-wise to as quick a start as we did on day one with Trine," Anderson head coach Tony Holloway said.
Trine freshman pitcher Justine Robles started on the mound for Trine, throwing 2 1/2 innings before Fuller relieved her. Gasco got in on the action, too, coming in for the sixth and seventh inning and allowing just one hit.
"I credit their pitching staff; they came in and got them out of some jams," Anderson's Holloway said of Trine.
But Trine didn't leave everything to the pitching staff as sophomore Amy Newell singled in the third to bring in a runner, leaving the score at 8-2.
Trine relied on the wheels of pinch runner freshman Riley Larkin to take Harris' place after she singled to second in the fourth inning. Larkin was quick to steal second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Belote singled up the middle and Larkin buzzed home.
Trine kept the Ravens from scoring in the fourth but the Ravens scored two runs on two hits and one error in the top of the fifth, bringing the score to 10-2.
In the bottom of the inning, Gasco tripled to bring in Newell, who had singled.
The Thunder gained some ground in the seventh when Searles walked and later scored on an Anderson error and Newell singled and scored on a hit by Hall, respectively.
"Until that last out, I still believed we could pull through," Gasco said.
"They beat us, you can't take that away from them," Danklefsen said. "But I would pick this team anytime."
Anderson faces No. 4-seed Aurora in game 13 at noon Sunday. The winner of that game will battle Allegheny College in the championship game at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Game 11 - Nealer and Stuart Lead Gators to Regional Finals
ANGOLA, Ind. - Allegheny College is heading to the championship game after it took the lead over Aurora University in the third inning and never let up, ending 10-1 in six innings to take game 11 of the 2013 NCAA Division III Angola Softball Regional.
“It was a total team effort,” Allegheny head coach Beth Curtiss said. “Cait was awesome on the mound; she has been for three straight days,” she said of sophomore pitcher Caitlin Nealer.
Curtiss was also quick to credit freshman Sadie Stuart who homered in the fifth for three of the four runs that inning. “She hit the ball well, several of them did,” Curtiss said.
“It was fun; we played our game and we had fun,” Stuart said.
“It was a complete team effort and we kept going with it,” Nealer said.
“Our goal was to be able to keep scoring every inning. That was our goal to not let up,” Curtiss said.
The sixth inning brought three more runs for Allegheny while Aurora put one on the scoreboard to avoid a shutout and end Nealer’s no-hit bid.
Rain delayed the start of the game for 15 minutes and threatened during the game.
The championship game is set for 2 p.m. Sunday. Possible teams that Allegheny will face are Trine University, Anderson University or Aurora University.
No. 4-seed Aurora faces the winner of game 12 featuring No. 1-seed Trine and No. 8-seed Anderson on Sunday at noon.
Game 10 - Hall’s Grand Slam Leads Thunder to Victory
ANGOLA, Ind. - Trine University hammed two home runs by the fourth inning to secure a commanding lead over Capital University as it claimed game 10, 12-5, of the 2013 NCAA Angola Softball Regional.
The scoring started early and remained 5-5 until the fourth inning when Trine exploded with seven runs, four thanks to sophomore Leah Hall who homered with bases loaded. It was Hall’s third home run of the season with the first two coming in the last two weeks of league play. Neither team managed a run after that.
Trine won with senior pitcher Andi Gasco on the mound, her first appearance since the opener when she was replaced on the mound by sophomore Bree Fuller after multiple illegal pitches.
“I was just happy we were going to get some runs,” Hall said with a smile after the game. “We trust each other to get base hits and all of us put together get runs on the board.”
The scoring started in the first inning when Trine brought in two runners. Sophomore Carly Searles was walked by Capital pitcher sophomore Brooke Billings and then stole second. Freshman Kaitlyn Clark singled to the shortstop, advancing Searles to third. Sophomore Amy Newell grounded out, bringing in Searles. Senior Andi Gasco then doubled to left center to bring in Clark.
Capital answered with four runs. Senior Devan Boggs singled to center. Sophomore LeAnna Cotton reached first on fielding error and Boggs advanced to third. Sophomore Maura Rose reached when her suicide squeeze brought home Boggs. Senior Lexi Majoy then homered to left center and upped the score to 4-2 in Capital’s favor.
The second inning saw Trine’s Searles single to right to bring in two runs.
Capital scored a run in the second to take a 5-4 lead, but it would be the last for the Crusaders.
The Thunder batted around in the fourth as they scored seven times to secure the game. After Hall’s big home run, the Crusaders replaced Billings on the mound with sophomore Alyssa Patznick.
With Patznick on the mound, the Thunder’s scoring was stopped but it was too little too late.
Trine head coach Donnie Danklefsen commended his pitcher and team for strong batting.
“Gasco made really good adjustments and we had good batting,” he said in reference to the illegal pitches on Thursday when No. 1-seed Trine fell to No. 8-seed Anderson University, 5-1.
“The seniors came together to help Andi overcome it,” Hall said. “Andi’s been working really hardâ€¦and Lauren (Harris) watched her pitch” while other seniors also pulled together for Gasco.
It took two or three innings before Gasco got comfortable, Danklefsen said, noting that assistant coach Dennis Smith worked with her.
Pitching was also on Danklefsen’s mind as he looks ahead to this afternoon’s game against Anderson. “I imagine we’ll see Frazier,” he said, referring to Anderson pitcher freshman Sami Frazier. The Thunder will “attack in different ways and make them come to us,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll get a better start this time.”
Anderson lost, 6-2, to Aurora University on Friday afternoon. After defeating Trine on Thursday, head coach Tony Holloway said he would not count Trine out, and he was right.
Game 9 - Thomas More errors aid Anderson to Victory
ANGOLA, Ind. - Three Thomas More errors proved to be too detrimental to mount a full come back as the Saint fell to the Anderson Ravens in game 9 of the 2013 NCAA Angola Softball Regional 9-6.
Thomas More coach, Lindsay Bramhall, was pleased with the relentless effort to try and make a comeback; however, she said her defense ultimately let them down. “Our defense wasn’t sound today. We dug ourselves a hole and couldn’t come back from it.”
The Ravens scored two in the first, two in the third and three in the fourth. Anderson’s Yardley Collett knocked a home run in the third to plate both of the runs.
Anderson looked as though they were about to run away with the game leading 7-0 heading to the top of the fifth inning. The Saints had other plans; they weren’t going down without a fight. After Jackie Raabe drew a walk, Catie Luck came to the plate and laid down a perfect bunt single. Ashley Fletcher ripped a base hit to load the bases and Hannah Curtis lined a two-RBI double to left center. With one out, Alex Walter drew a walk to, once again, load the bases. Anderson short stop, Amy Wuestefeld, made a nice grab to get the second out of the inning. Then the Anderson pitcher, Devin Moorman, hit Ana Walter to plate a run. Hannah Belvo entered the game to pitch and Saints catcher, Haley Shuemake, popped out to end the Thomas More threat with the score 7-3.
Heading into the bottom of the fifth, two Saints errors in the inning aided the Ravens to score two runs. Katy Ogden had a base hit single to right field and Sorcha Cox came on to pinch run. Cox stole second and Lauren Smith batted her in on a single to right center. Nichole Frazier came in as a pinch runner for Smith. An error was charged to Saint second baseman, Hannah Curtis, to let Lys Hess get on base. Megan Ream then drew a walk to load the bases for the Ravens and another Thomas More error; charged to Ana Walters, allowed Frazier to score. Threatening with bases loaded, Amy Wuestefeld grounded out to end the inning with the Ravens leading 9-3 heading to the sixth inning.
Thomas More charged back to score another four runs in the top of the sixth to make a game of it once again. Jackie Raabe started things off with a double. Catie Luck would move the runner to third but was thrown out at first. Fletcher would score the runner on a RBI single to center. Hannah Curtis flew out to notch the second out of the inning. Salzer would come to the plate and rip a base hit. Alex Walter stepped to the plate next and swung for an RBI single making the score 9-5. Stefaney Turner would hit another RBI single cutting the Ravens lead to 9-6. Anderson changed pitchers again as Lauren Smith came on to end the Thomas More momentum forcing Ana Walter to pop out.
The Saints would blank the Ravens in the bottom of the sixth inning. Thomas More came to the plate for their last chance to cut Anderson’s lead. They went down with valiant effort but came up short. Shuemake flew out to center and Raabe grounded out to second base. Catie Luck laid down a picture perfect bunt to try and swing some momentum to the Saints; however, Ashley Fletcher lined out to center field to end the game.
Ronni Burns would take the loss for the Saints ending her season at 15-10. Ravens starter Devin Moorman picked up her seventh win of the season. Lauren Smith would also notch the save; her second of the year. The two teams would both go for 11 hits.
Anderson head coach, Tony Holloway said after the game, “We did exactly enough to get the win. We had things on cruise control and hit a few bumps, but it went exactly how it should. Our pitchers did a good job of keeping them far enough away.”
Although leaving with a tough loss, Coach Lindsay Bramhall has no seniors on her team and that excites her for next year. “We have no seniors and that is a positive looking forward to next year. We will have bigger expectations next year and we are excited about that.”
Thomas More ends their year with a 25-19 record. Anderson improved their record to 27-16 and will face the game 10 winner between Capital University and Trine University in another elimination game.
Game 8 - Allegheny Wins Behind a Pair of Two-Run Homers
ANGOLA, Ind. - Allegheny College slammed a pair of home runs to get the upper hand on Capital University to claim the game, 6-3, and advance in the 2013 NCAA Division III Angola Softball Regional winner’s bracket.
Game eight on Friday afternoon started slow, with neither team scoring until the third inning when Allegheny brought in one. The Gators first two batters grounded out before Capital Crusaders pitcher sophomore Alyssa Patznick walked freshman Sadie Stuart. Freshman Belle Mazurik singled to center. Senior Stephanie Fort singled to right center, bringing home Stuart.
Both teams put up marks in the fourth inning. Capital senior Lexi Majoy doubled down the left field line off Allegheny pitcher sophomore Caitlin Nealer with two outs. After a walk to pinch hitter, freshman Lacey Romero, fellow freshman Sarah Nist singled to right field scoring pinch runner, freshman Katie Hurst. Romero also scored on the play as the Allegheny right fielder misplayed the ball.
Allegheny answered back with two runs when senior Nicole Rodi slammed a homer to left center with a runner on.
In the top of the fifth, Crusader sophomore LeAnna Cotton’s double to center brought home a run to tie the game.
The Gators fired back with two runs when junior Halea Hayden hit a two-run shot right. That homer was the defining moment, winning Gator head coach Beth Curtiss said after the game.
Six batters into the bottom of the sixth saw the Crusaders return Patznick to the mound and she walked Hayden, forcing in one run and bringing the score to 6-3 in favor of the Gators.
Looking ahead to Saturday action against Aurora College, slugger Hayden said the team will look to “improve our short game, our bunting.” No. 6-seed Allegheny takes on No. 4-seed Aurora in game 11 at 2 p.m. in the winner’s bracket final. Saturday, May 11. Aurora defeated No. 8-seed Anderson University, 6-2, in game seven this afternoon.
Coach Curtiss said she’s “very happy” with her team and singled out Stuart and Rodi for their strong bats and Nealer for her work on the mound.
The Crusaders will battle No. 1-seed Trine University at noon Saturday in game 10. Earlier today, the Thunder got off to a strong start to defeat No. 5-seed Mount Union, 6-4.
Game 7 - Aurora Uses Big Hits, Anderson Errors to Advance
ANGOLA, Ind. - Aurora University used heavy hitting and took advantage of errors to knock Anderson University to the loser’s bracket when it dealt the Ravens a 6-2 loss in game 7 of the 2013 NCAA Division III Angola Softball Regional.
Anderson scored one run in the second inning and Aurora responded with one run in the third.
The game was tied until the fifth inning when Aurora scored two runs against losing pitcher freshman Sami Frazier. Freshman Lauren Huebner started the effort when she singled to the shortstop and stole second. After junior Rebecca Randall singled to the pitcher, senior Stephanie Lynch laid down a sacrifice bunt that brought Huebner home. Senior Mia Henderson then singled and advanced to third on a throwing error allowing Randall scored.
“We executed well with well-placed bunts and timely hits,” Aurora head coach Mike McKenzie said. Those hits took the pressure off the defense, he said.
Aurora scored three more runs in the top of the seventh. Randall was safe on first after an error and advanced to second on the throw. Lynch laid down a bunt and made it to first on an error and Randall moved to third. Senior Tristan Wilcox doubled to left field, bringing in both runners and increasing their lead to 5-1.
“I was in kind of a slump and the hit was a big turnaround for me,” Wilcox said after the game.
“Our speed at the bottom of the order has been good all year and puts pressure on the defense,” coach McKenzie said. “Quick kids put pressure on every team.”
Freshman Dani Bestwina ran for Wilcox and she advanced to third on senior Mia Henderson’s sacrifice bunt. Senior Brooke Spencer singled to center field and Bestwina scored, leaving it at 6-1 when it was Anderson’s turn to bat.
Anderson put runners on base, but managed just a run on a fielder’s choice by senior Katy Ogden.
“You’re not going to win making five errors, two or three of them really silly errors that are out of the realm of softball,” Anderson head coach Tony Holloway said. “When you play high caliber teams, you’ve got to bring your whole game,” he said, lamenting what he called “tentative hitting and not great defense.”
Anderson will face No. 7-seed Thomas More College in game 9 at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11. Thomas More defeated No. 3-seed John Carroll University earlier today.
Aurora will play the winner of today’s last game - Allegheny University vs. Capital University - in game 11 at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Aurora’s McKenzie credited freshman pitcher Vanessa Hartzell with doing a great job, adding the team is fortunate to also have sophomore pitcher Natalie Zanella who has won 18 games. McKenzie said he thought about putting in Zanella, but kept Hartzell because she was doing a great job.
“We’ll show up and be ready at 110 percent on Saturday,” Wilcox said. She explained that she and three fellow seniors made it to regionals as freshmen are grateful to return as seniors.
Game 6 - Saints’ Burns Was Heavenly in Two-Hit Shutout
ANGOLA, Ind. - Thomas More College shut out John Carroll University, 4-0, today to stay alive in game 6 of the 2013 NCAA Division III Angola Softball Regional. The loss eliminated the Blue Streaks from the tournament.
Thomas More Saints pitcher junior Ronni Burns was on the mound for the win. Burns said after the game that she was “prepared to throw up and out and to keep moving it.” The No. 7-seed Saints was fighting to stay in the tournament after falling Thursday to No. 2-seed Capital University, 5-1.
It was a 0-0 game for four innings before Thomas More scored three runs in the fifth against No. 3-seed John Carroll pitcher sophomore Rachel Byrnes. Freshman Mamee Salzer hit a double to center to bring in junior Ashley Fletcher, who had singled down the left field line, and Hannah Curtis, who was walked.
“When Mamee hit the double, that took a little pressure off,” Burns said.
Saints junior Alex Walter singled down the right field line to bring in Salzer, giving the Saints a three-run advantage.
The Saints kept the bats hot during the sixth inning against relief pitcher junior Trisha Pike when freshman Ana Walker, who had been walked, scored on a single by Curtis.
“We peaked about two weeks ago offensively - the stats don’t lie,” John Carroll head coach Erin Brooks said.
“We were all pushing too hard at this point,” said junior John Carroll outfielder Morgan Robinson. “We were trying too hard.”
Brooks, in her seventh season, said “we were a triple threat - pitching, offensively and defensively, a complete package.” The team has character and works hard, she said, adding that senior centerfielder Mackenzie Griffin has been a leader. It’s “no mistake why we’re back here,” she said of the team’s second straight appearance in the NCAA Regionals.
Going forward, Brooks said she’ll be looking to juniors to step up and fill the void that Griffin will leave.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, Thomas More is scheduled to play the loser of the Anderson University vs. Aurora University game.
Game 5 - Lauren Harris Leads Trine to Stave off Elimination
ANGOLA, Ind. - Trine University’s softball team appeared eager to put Thursday’s loss behind as the Thunder got off to a stronger start this morning when it faced the University of Mount Union Purple Raiders. A homer and RBI by Trine senior Lauren Harris helped put the No. 1-seeded Thunder past the No. 5-seed Raiders, 6-4, during the fifth game of the 2013 NCAA Division III Angola Softball Regional.
Trine lit up the scoreboard in the second inning with three runs. Lauren Harris hit a line drive past the shortstop to earn a double and bring in senior Andi Gasco - who was walked by Raiders pitcher Rachel McAninch and then stole second. Fleet-footed freshman Riley Larkin went in to run for Harris at second base. Sophomore Leah Hall got a walk, putting runners on first and second when senior Sarah Belote was out on a fly ball to center field.
Sophomore Rachel Harris was at bat when Larkin took advantage of an error to advance to third and then scoring. On out later, junior Haleigh Daniels drove one between first and second bases, reaching on an error as Hall scored on the play to lead 3-0.
In the third, Hall hit a double to bring in Gasco, who had hit a fly ball to left center for a double. Rachel Harris hit a fly ball past the shortstop and Hall scored the second run of the inning that ended 5-0 in Trine’s favor.
In the fifth Lauren Harris smacked Trine’s first homer of the tournament over the left field fence.
“Yesterday the whole team struggled as a group and we tried too hard to hit,” Harris said after the game. “When we have our first hitter get on, it’s a huge lift for us...and we usually string hits together and score runs.”
The Raiders rallied and answered the homer with four runs off Trine pitcher Bree Fuller, a sophomore. Junior Shelby Carmichael started the effort with a double to left center. Senior Rachel Jesso hit a ball to left field and advanced to second on an error while Carmichael made her way to third. Senior Marissa Earl got on base with a walk, loading the bases. Senior Kristen Gromes had a sacrifice fly to center and scoring Carmichael. Junior Brittany Papp hit a double to left center to bring in two more run. Sophomore Leigh Siedlak tripled down the left field line to plate another run.
Before the fifth, “we just kept talking about continuing to do what we’ve done all year long...we’ve made comebacks,” Raiders head coach Sandy Douglas said.
With two outs for the Raiders, Trine brought in relief pitcher, freshman Justine Robles. She walked one batter before freshman Andi VanSickle hit a grounder to third and was thrown out at first.
Robles struck out the first two batters of the seventh to earn her first career save.
“We didn’t adjust to the pitcher,” Douglas said of Robles. “Our defense has been down a couple weeks this year...but we came out in time to win the championship,” Douglas said of her team’s OAC tournament title that gave the Raiders an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
“We regrouped well...but the last two innings we couldn’t produce runs,” Douglas said.
“Today was about being patient,” said Trine head coach Donnie Danklefsen. Thursday, Trine lost 5-1 to Anderson University, the team’s first loss since April 3 to Defiance College. “When she threw strikes we hit the ones we liked.”
Danklefsen said he changed his defense during the fifth in an effort to get “kids more comfortable to settle us down.”
His strategy appeared to pay off as the Thunder stopped the Raiders’ rally and hung on to win.
“It felt really good, especially having my team behind me,” Robles said. “I’m prepared and ready to go when they need me.”
Trine advances to the next round at noon Saturday, May 11, and will face the loser of the Allegheny College vs. Capital University game that’s scheduled to be played at 4 p.m. today.
The loss eliminated Mount Union rom the tournament.
Game 4 - Capital Uses the Long Ball in Win over Saints
ANGOLA, Ind. - The Capital University Crusaders used big bats to take down the Thomas More College Saints with three home runs en route to a 5-1 victory. The teams met up today during the fourth and final game of the day in the 2013 NCAA Angola Softball Regional.
Senior slugger Devan Boggs hit two homers for the No. 2-seed Crusaders. As leadoff batter, she was the first to score off Thomas More junior pitcher Ronni Burns on a 3-1 count when she sliced a homer down the right field line. The Saints, seeded No. 7, answered by scoring in the second inning when freshman Haley Shuemake hit a sacrifice fly to left field and brought in junior Alex Walter who had singled to right.
The Crusaders scored again in the third and fourth innings and the Saints couldn’t keep up. Boggs’ second home run came in the third with the bases empty, bringing the score to 2-1 in favor of the Crusaders. Then, in the fourth, sophomore LeAnna Cotton homered to left.
The Saints got a runner on base in the third and fourth innings, but couldn’t bring anyone home.
In the fifth, the Crusaders brought in two run after senior Katie Neely doubled to right center and advanced to third when freshman Katlyn Simpson grounded out. Heavy-hitter Boggs was intentionally walked before sophomore Kelsey Swain grounded out and Boggs advanced to second. The Saints tried to throw behind Boggs at second on the play, but the throw was wild into left field, allowing both Boggs and Neely to score.
“It has just been a total team effort all year,” said Nan Payne, who’s in her 15th season as the Crusaders head coach. “We have focused all year on ourselves and will continue to play Capital ball”. The Crusaders will face Allegheny College at 2 p.m. Friday, May 10.
“We started on a good note and just kept it going,” slugger Boggs said. Pitcher Brooke Billings got the win for the Crusaders, surrendering six hits and striking out five.
“We didn’t quite bring it all today,” said Thomas More head coach Lindsay Bramhall, who’s in her fifth season. “We just need to execute better and play better defense and bring a better game.”
Junior Ronni Burns took the loss for the Saints, allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits and striking out five capital batters.
The Saints face John Carroll University at noon Friday in an elimination game.
Game 3 - Allegheny's Nealer Throws One-Hitter in 4-0 Win
ANGOLA, Ind. - Allegheny College shut out John Carroll University, 4-0, to win the third game of the 2013 NCAA Division III Angola Softball Regional on Friday afternoon. The Allegheny Gators won by scoring in the third and sixth innings.
Allegheny advances to face the winner of Capital and Thomas More at 4:00 p.m. on May 9, while John Carroll will face the loser of the same matchup in an elimination game at noon.
Two innings passed before the Gators scored two runs driven in by junior Halea Hayden when she hit a rocket to the fence in center field on a pitch from John Carroll sophomore pitcher Rachel Byrnes.
Byrnes allowed no runs in the fourth inning, though one runner reached base. The Blue Streaks’ first three batters each connected with the ball and the Gators caught each one, making it three up and three down.
In the sixth, the Gators lit up the scoreboard with two hits, their last of the game. Nealer and senior Nicole Rodi each hit singles while junior Maureen Pallone hit a fly ball to center field for a single. With bases loaded and one out, freshman Allie Landowski drove in a run on a fielder’s choice. Freshman Sadie Stuart stepped up and hit a bouncer to the shortstop, bringing in another runner to up the score to 4-0.
John Carroll’s lone hit of the game came in the sixth when senior Mackenzie Griffin broke up the no-hitter by Nealer with two outs.
Gators pitcher Nealer walked sophomore Ashlee Unrue to start the inning. One out later with was senior Mackenzie Griffin with a double to left that moved Unrue to third, but a grounder by sophomore Ally Kleinhans brought the third out.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Blue Streaks got a runner on when junior Morgan Robinson reached on an error by the shortstop but was stranded when the next three batters were retied to end the game.
The pitcher, Nealer, did a tremendous job and “when we needed it people came through,” Gators head coach Beth Curtiss said of hitters Hayden and Rodi. “We’ll keep working to get better to clean up a couple of errors,” she said when asked about preparing for the game at 4 p.m. Friday.
“The momentum was really good and we stayed aggressive,” said winning pitcher Nealer.
“We could still play better, we haven’t reached our potential,” said first-year coach Curtiss.
The Gators pitcher changed up throwing speeds and the Blue Streaks batters - including some key hitters - were in a slump, said John Carroll head coach Erin Brooks, who’s in her seventh season. She was a “quality pitcher and our team was not used to seeing it,” she said of Nealer. The team tends to finish strong, she said when asked about a second chance to play Friday.
Game 2 - Aurora Earns Walk-Off Win over Purple Raiders
ANGOLA, Ind. - In the second game of the NCAA 2013 Division III Angola Softball Regional, No. 4-seeded Aurora University defeated No. 5-seeded Mount Union, 2-1. The game was tied 1-1 until the bottom of the seventh inning when Aurora scored the winning run.
The game was scoreless for three innings before the Mount Union Raiders scored when freshman Andi VanSickle hit a homer off winning Aurora Spartan pitcher Vanessa Hartzell, a freshman.
The score would go unchanged until the bottom of the fifth inning when Aurora senior Stephanie Lynch bunted and brought in sophomore Jessica Spoon from second base, tying the game 1-1. Spoon, pinch running for sophomore Alana Weitzenfeld who singled, made it to second when freshman Lauren Huebner bunt landed safely up the first base line.
The sixth inning saw both teams get runners on base, but no one scored.
The Raiders again put runners on base in the seventh inning, but failed to score. The Spartans’ first two batters, Huebner and junior Rebecca Randall, each reached on bunt singles. Randall’s hit advanced Huebner to second base. Next up was senior Lynch who slammed the ball up the middle and brought Huebner home - winning the game.
Victorious Aurora faces Anderson University at 2 p.m. Friday, May 9. Anderson defeated Trine, 5-1, in the first game today (May 9). Mount Union faces Trine University at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9, the first game on the second day of tournament action in an elimination game.
Aurora head coach Mike McKenzie, in his 10th season, said his team was a little jittery at first, but they found a way to win. In facing Anderson, McKenzie said his team will have to “put a few more runs on the board.”
“Anderson took advantage of some opportunities to get runs,” he said. Their pitcher, freshman Sami Frazier, was strong to keep Trine to one run, he added.
Mount Union head coach Sandy Douglas said the loss was disappointing and that the team didn’t deliver when it had to bat under pressure. Douglas, in her 27th season at Mount Union, said she’s seen Trine play before and knows her team will have to come out ready to play.
Hartzell allowed just the one earned run on eight hits while striking out seven Mount Union batters.
Senior pitcher Rachel McAninch took the loss for Mount Union allowing just one earned run on seven hits and recording four strikeouts.
Game 1 - Anderson Knocks off Top Seed Trine in Opener
ANGOLA, Ind. - In a stunning opening game of the 2013 NCAA Division III Angola Softball Regional, No. 8-seed Anderson University knocked off No. 1-seed Trine University by a score of 5-1, delivering the Trine Thunder its first loss since April 3 when it fell to Defiance in non-conference play.
Trine’s top pitcher and MIAA Most Valuable Pitcher of the Year senior Andi Gasco was called for multiple illegal pitch in the first two innings, giving Anderson extra opportunities to plate four runs.
“We didn’t play our game,” Trine head coach Donnie Danklefsen told a reporter who asked if the illegal pitch calls lost Trine the game. “It was all on us.”
“You can’t discount the fact we hit the ball and we had runners,” Anderson head coach Tony Holloway said. “Trine’s a great program and they’re not done in this tournament yet.”
At 2 p.m. Friday May 10, the Ravens will play the winner of the Aurora vs. Mount Union game.
Trine plays again Friday as well at 10 a.m. when it takes on the loser of the of the Aurora-Mount Union game.
The Ravens came out strong, scoring two runs in the first inning. Trine managed a single in the first inning, but didn’t score.
The Raven bats were hot in the second inning as the team scored two more runs on three hits. The start of the inning looked promising for the Thunder as it caught two balls in the outfield to retire the first two Raven batters. Sophomore Samantha Steel got on base and advanced to second after senior Megan Ream hit a single. A double to left field by senior Amy Wuestefeld brought in a runner, bringing the score to 4-0.
Sophomore Bree Fuller replaced Gasco on the mound in the third inning and the Ravens did not score.
Trine scored its lone run in the bottom of the third when sophomore Carly Searles hit a single and made her way to third on a fly ball hit by teammate freshman Kaitlyn Clark. She steamed into third and scored after the Ravens failed to cover the plate.
Trine kept the Ravens from scoring until the seventh inning, when Steele bunted to get to first. Trine threw out the next batter, before Wuestefeld hit a single. A single to centerfield by senior Katy Ogden left the bases loaded and sophomore Yardley Collett smacked a single to drive in a runner, bringing the score to 5-1.
Anderson starter, Right-hander freshman Sami Frazier was the winning pitcher allowing an earned run on three hits while striking out six.
5/6 - Teams Announced for NCAA Angola Softball Regional
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Division III Softball Committee has announced the 62 teams that will compete in the Division III Softball Championship, eight of which will compete at the Angola Regional, hosted by Trine University beginning May 9.
The Angola Regional teams selected are:
John Carroll University
The University of Mount Union
Thomas More College
Anderson (IN) University
Host Trine University, the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion, will be the No.1 seed with a 36-3 record and face the No. 8 seed Anderson (25-15) who is the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champion at 10 a.m. Fourth seed Aurora (37-6), an at-large from the Northern Athletics Conference, will play the fifth seed Ohio Athletic Conference champion Mount Union (25-11) at Noon. At 2 p.m., No. 3 seed John Carroll (26-11), an at-large selection from the Ohio Athletic Conference, will face No. 6 seed Allegheny (21-18), the North Coast Athletic Conference champion. Rounding out the first day will be second seeded Capital (34-10), another at-large bid from the Ohio Athletic Conference, playing the Presidents' Athletic Conference champion, Thomas More (24-17) the No. 7 seed, at 4 p.m.
The regional tournament will use a double-elimination format running May 9-13. The finals, hosted by the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, will be held May 17-21 at the Carson Park in Eau Claire, Wis.
Forty-one conferences received automatic qualification (Pool A). Two institutions were selected from Pool B, which includes independent institutions and institutions from conferences that do not meet the automatic qualification criteria. The 19 remaining teams were selected on an at-large basis from automatic qualifying conferences and the remaining institutions in Pool B.
4/12 - Trine to Host NCAA Softball Regional
INDIANAPOLIS - Trine University has been selected as one of seven regional sites for the 2013 NCAA Division III Softball Championship, the NCAA announced Friday. The eighth regional site will be announced soon. Participants in the 62-team field will be selected for the championship and assigned to regional sites Sunday, May 5. The bracket will be released during the selection show Monday, May 6 at 10 a.m. Eastern time on www.NCAA.com.
This is the first time since becoming an NCAA member in 2004 that Trine will host the regional softball tournament and is the third straight MIAA member school selected to host a regional tournament (Alma in 2012 and Adrian in 2011). Trine University also hosted the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship last May.
The selected regional hosts and sites are:
Trine University - Angola, Indiana
Central College (Iowa) - Pella, Iowa
Ithaca College - Ithaca, New York
Montclair State University - Montclair, New Jersey
Roanoke College - Salem, Virginia
University of Texas at Tyler - Tyler, Texas
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater - Whitewater, Wisconsin
Eight teams will compete at seven regional sites and six teams will compete at one regional site. The eight-team regionals will be held May 9-13, and the six-team regional will be held May 10-13. All regional sites will use a double-elimination format.
The finals, hosted by the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, will be held May 17-21 at Carson Park in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
For more information about the Division III Softball Championship, log on to www.ncaa.com.
NCAA® is a trademark of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.