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Division III Championship: Game Eight

NCAA DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP
JAMES I. MOYER SPORTS COMPLEX, SALEM, VA.

MONDAY'S SCHEDULE (All times EDT)
9 a.m. - GAME 8 - Emory 0 vs. Illinois Wesleyan 1
11 a.m. - GAME 9 - Wartburg vs. Central
GAME 10 - Cortland vs. Loser Game 8
1 p.m. - GAME 11 - Salisbury vs. Winner Game 8
1:30 p.m. GAME 12 - Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 9
3 p.m. - *GAME 13 - Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 11
(only if it is NOT the fourth game of the day for one team; if it is,
play will resume on Tuesday.)
TUESDAY'S SCHEDULE
10 a.m. - GAME 14 - Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 13 ?
12 a.m. - GAME 15 - if necessary ?
*If Game 13 does NOT get played on Monday, Tuesday's
schedule will have Game 13 at 9 a.m.,
Game 14 at 11 a.m., and the if necessary game at 1 p.m.
Game 8
Emory (37-4) 000 000 00 -- 0-3-1
Illinois Wesleyan (37-6) 000 000 01 -- 1-8-2
Kelly Murray (Illinois Wesleyan) and Nicole Kovski,
Christine O'Brien (2) (Emory)
WP - Kelly Murray (19-4)
LP - Christine O'Brien (18-2)

In a highly anticipated and well-matched game that had been postponed since
Saturday evening, the first five innings went scoreless, but were certainly
not uneventful. Illinois Wesleyan loaded the bases in the bottom of the
second on hits by Stephanie Hieser, Kat Mason and Nicole Reed. On a bunt
attempt by Mason, Stephanie Hieser tried to steal second, but was picked off.
The bases were loaded again on a walk by Megan Pietrucha. With the bases
loaded and one out, Emory brought in Christine O'Brien who retired the
side leaving the Illinois Wesleyan to strand three. Through the fifth inning,
Illinois Wesleyan stranded a total of eight runners with six in scoring
position. The defense, though, was on fire, as Kelly Murray struck out 10.
The game went scoreless through the seventh as this was the first extra
inning game of the tournament. Illinois Wesleyan scored in the bottom of the
eighth on a hit by Nicole Williams, a sacrifice bunt from Stephanie Hieser.
Williams stole third and was able to score the winning run on a Kat Mason
grounder to third. Emory's Lauren Dix was forced to throw to first and
Williams ran home, barely missing the tag. Illinois Wesleyan plays Salisbury
at 1 p.m. Emory plays immediately at 11 a.m. against Cortland in the
elimination round.

EMORY HEAD COACH PENNY SIQUEIROS ON THE GAME: "Illinois Wesleyan played a
super, super game. They put a lot of pressure on our defense. A lot more than
we put on theirs. They capitalized on our mistakes, and we didn't create
enough scoring opportunities. We didn't adjust well."

ILLINOIS WESLEYAN HEAD COACH BETH HASHEIDER ON THE GAME: Emory is a great
team. We knew it would be tough, but we finally made a play when we needed
to. It was frustrating to leave so many runners on base. It was a little
less frustrating because Kelly pitched a wonderful game."

KELLY MURRAY ON HOW SHE PITCHED: I really had my A game. I think it helped
that I had two days off; it was nice to have little mini-warm ups (when the
game was postponed twice). Everything was working."

NICOLE WILLIAMS ON SCORING THE WINNING RUN: "It's very exciting. I was a
little scared, but I wasn't worried because she is my type of pitcher."