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Angelo State Claims NCAA Division II Championship

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- In a pitching-dominated tourney, Angelo State found the offense to defeat the Florida Southern Moccasins 7-2 in the final of the 
2004 NCAA Division II National Softball Tournament at the Seminole County Softball Complex Sunday night. 

For the first 13 games of the tournament, 11 games were settled by two runs or less, averaging only three runs per game. In the final two games, the Moccasins and Rambelles combined for 17 runs, 8.5 runs per game. 

Angelo State (47-11) scratched out a run in the first inning. Alexis Wing walked, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on an error. 

Florida Southern (55-8) came back to knot the game at 
1-1 in the bottom of the inning. Krista Bradley reached on a error and scored on a single by Ashley Alpizar. 

But in the second inning, the Rambelles broke out the big sticks. Cat Mareno homered for the second time on Sunday to lead off the inning and Michelle Hofmann hit a three-run shot to extend the lead to 5-1. 

Angelo extended the lead in the fourth inning. Jaime MacGalliard doubled to lead off the inning and Arin Spence reached on a fielders choice, with MacGalliard safely at third. Wing drove in MacGalliard with a groundout and Hofmann plated Spence with a single. 

Florida Southern scored single runs in the fourth and the seventh, but could get no closer. 

Spence (23-5) worked 6.2 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits. She did not walk a batter and struck out four to improve to 3-0 in the tournament. Claudia Lopez got the final out after allowing one hit.

Megan Brown (36-5), who had pitched five innings of no-hit ball to force the deciding game, was roughed up for three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk in 1.1 innings in the final. 

Hofmann was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. She was joined by teammates Spence, Wing, and Lopez along with Brown, Alpizar, Stephanie Huber and Jesse Shepherd from Florida Southern, St. Clouds Abby Augdahl and Abby Velta, Jaime Dacey from Shippensburg, Cassidi Caringi of Western New Mexico and Caldwells Corinne Reiser.