NCAA DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP
JAMES I. MOYER SPORTS COMPLEX, SALEM, VA.
GAME 1 - #1 Central (Iowa) vs. #8 Western New England (Mass.)
GAME 2 - #4 Cortland State (N.Y.) vs. #5 Salisbury (Md.)
GAME 3 - #3 Muskingum (Ohio) vs. #6 Illinois Wesleyan
GAME 4 - #2 Emory (Ga.) vs. #7 Wartburg (Iowa)
SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE (All times EDT)
GAME 5 - 11 a.m. - Western New England vs. loser game 2
GAME 6 - 1:30 p.m. - Loser game 3 vs. loser game 4
GAME 7 - 4 p.m. - Central vs. winner game 2
GAME 8 - 6:30 p.m. - Winner game 3 vs. winner game 4
#8 Western New England (32-5) 000 000 0 -- 0-2-1
#1 Central (35-4-1) 520 000 x -- 7-8-0
Libby Hysell, Corrie Schmidt (4) and Amanda Wilson (7)
(Central) and Marcie Bruder (Western New England)
WP - Corrie Schmidt (8-4)
LP - Marcie Bruder (20-4)
For lack of a better term, the Central (Iowa) Dutch came out swinging this
morning as they let Western New England know early on that not only were they
were here to play, but they were here to win. After first team All-American
pitcher Libby Hysell (Central) took the Golden Bears' first three batters
down, striking out one, the Dutch took over at the plate. Central took a
five to nothing lead in the bottom of the first with a solo homer by first
baseman Anne Legg. Bri Kuyper followed that up with an infield single that
she quickly turned in to a double with no one covering second. Kris Hughes
wouldn't let the momentum stop there as she also doubled with WNEC's backs
turned. A bunt by Katy Lein scored Kuyper, and Stef Miller loaded the bases
on a fielder's choice bunt. Sara Tuttle hit a fly to short that was dropped
and Hughes scored. Holly Edwards singled to left and scored Miller who
earlier stole third easily. Kristen Wares hit a single up the middle, and
Beth Peterson wrapped up the inning with a fly ball to centerfield. Western
New England seemed stunned as they again went down in three. Central padded
its lead in the second with two more runs on hits by Legg and Hughes, a
Kuyper walk, and an RBI bunt by Stef Miller, as well as a suicide squeeze
play with Kuyper jumping over the tag at home. Western New England's Bruder
took control in the third not allowing Central to score again. Central's next
game is Saturday at 4 p.m. Western New England advances to the elimination
bracket and will play again at 11 a.m. Saturday.
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND HEAD COACH LORI MAYHEW ON THE TEAM'S inexperience and
early jitters: "Our inexperience definitely played a part. I think our
players were overwhelmed and didn't know what to expect. But we settled down
after the first few innings. Central's (strategy) really knocked us for a
loop. I've never seen that before. It really got our heads out of the game."
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND PITCHER MARCIE BRUDER ON HER NERVES: "I think I settled
down nicely. I always try to take one batter at a time and not think about
what happened. I work hard and focus on the next batter."
CENTRAL COACH GEORGE WARES ON TAKING THE EARLY LEAD: "I was happy with it.
It took the pressure off and you could tell our experience was (important).
We were more relaxed. But (WNEC) played well the second half."
WARES ON CENTRAL'S TAKE-CHARGE STYLE: "That's the way we play in our region.
We face tough pitching and so that's the way we play. We will be pretty
CENTRAL'S ANNE LEGG ON HER LEADOFF, SOLO HOME RUN: "We talked about scoring
early because we've played a lot of close games. I wasn't swinging for the
CENTRAL PITCHER LIBBY HYSELL ON HOW SHE AND THE TEAM PLAYED:"I'm at natiionals and I'm on the top of the world. I'm just loose and relaxed. I knew I needed to get ahead of the batters and just do whatever's best for the team."