NCAA DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP
JAMES I. MOYER SPORTS COMPLEX, SALEM, VA.
SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE (All times EDT)
GAME 5 - 11 a.m. - Western New England 0 vs. Cortland 2
GAME 6 - Muskingum 4 vs. Wartburg 5
GAME 7 - Central vs. Salisbury
GAME 8 - Illinois Wesleyan vs. Emory
SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE (All times EDT)
GAME 9 - Noon - Wartburg vs. Loser Game 7
GAME 10 - 2:30 p.m. - Loser Game 8 vs. Cortland
GAME 11 - 5 p.m. - Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8
GAME 12 - 7:30 p.m. - Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 9
Muskingum (42-4) 040 000 0 -- 4-11-3
Wartburg (37-9) 201 010 1 -- 5-8-2
Erica Hoyt, Morgan Martin (5) (Muskingum) and
Kelly Watkins, Stephanie Rasmussen (2) (Wartburg)
WP - Rasmussen (22-6)
LP - Martin (15-2)
The NCAA Division III Softball Committee decided at 12:45 p.m. EDT to delay
game six for at least one hour due to rain. The committee will meet again at
1:45 p.m. EDT todecide the condition of the field and the weather. Following
game five, the rain picked upfrom a steady drizzle to a very hard rain,
though not a downpour, and leaving the infieldwith many, many deep puddles.
1:50 p.m. EDT - The NCAA Division III Softball Committee has decided to
delay game sixagain until at least 3 p.m. EDT when it will make another
decision about whether or notto continue play today. The steady, hard rain
continues to fall and the water on the infield continues to collect. The
National Weather Service is predicting a break in therain this afternoon.
3 p.m. EDT - The rain slowed and then stopped about ten minutes prior to the
NCAA DivisionIII Softball Committee's scheduled decision on whether or not
to resume play. The committeedecided that, with a predicted two to four hour
break in the weather, the second game ofthe day would begin at 4:15 p.m. The
grounds crew at James I. Moyer Sports Complex isbusily spreading TURFACE on
the entire infield to rid it of the puddles that haveaccumulated in the last
several hours.4:15 p.m. EDT - Wartburg and Muskingum decided to keep the
fans happy following a nearly three hour rain delay today. Both teams scored
early with the score at 4-2by the middle of the second. Wartburg scored two
runs in the first on a Heather Winterround tripper to left field. But the
Muskies would answer almost immediately in the topof the second, scoring
four runs on hits by Shauna Jellison, Jeanna Rayman, JackieProps, Erin
Zupko (who also stole second), Erin Calabrese, and a double by Elaine
Haubner that left the center field fence on the ground for the third time
during thetournament. Wartburg cut the lead to just one after Winter walked
and Kathy Voss singledto shallow center field. Emily Mangin hit a slow
roller down the first base line thatscored one after a bad toss to first.
Muskingum looked as if it may be able to pad itslead in the fifth when
Mandy Carnes tripled to centerfield. The Muskies kept Carnes atthird,
though, as Blubaugh, Jellison and Rayman were unable to bring her home.
Wartburgtied it up in the fifth after a single by Jenny Flora, a sacrifice
bunt from ShannonLillibridge and a single from Winter. The Knights had
several opportunities tocapitalize on loaded bases, but stranded three in
the bottom of the fifth leaving thescore tied at four. In what looked like a
game that could easily go in to extra innings,Muskingum intentionally walked
two in the bottom of the seventh that loaded the bases.Pinch hitter Debra
Schindler had an amazing at bat, staying alive for several minutes, and
finally singling to first after the first baseman dove for and bobbled the
ball that appeared to have hit the runner. The winning run scored and
Schindler was safe at first.Wartburg will play again Sunday at noon against
Central or Salisbury.
MUSKINGUM HEAD COACH DONNA NEWBERRY ON THE TEAM'S LOSS: "I felt we played
harder than we did yesterday. It's tough to beat a good team. Wemissed a lot
of opportunities offensively. It's definitely frustrating. We had more than
one inning with a runner at third and no outs."
SENIOR FIRST BASEMAN MANDY CARNES ON HER STAND UP TRIPLE:"I was just trying
to start something."
ON ENDING HER COLLEGE CAREER ON THIS NOTE:"It's hard to go out like this
especially when the ball comes to you the last play andyou just didn't get
WARTBURG HEAD COACH RICK WILLIS ON THE GAME:"I thought it was a tremendous
game. It was a battle all the way and it could havegone either way. I'm
proud of the way we competed."
PINCH HITTER DEBRA SCHINDLER ON THE GAME-WINNING SINGLE: "I feel great. I
didn't want to let the team down, and I knew I could help out if I could
just get a run scored."