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 vs. Cortland
GAME 6 - 1:30 p.m. - Muskingum vs. Wartburg
GAME 7 - 4 p.m. - Central vs. Salisbury
GAME 8 - 6:30 p.m. - Illinois Wesleyan vs. Emory
SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE (All times EDT)
GAME 9 - Noon - Winner Game 6 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
Western New England (32-6) 000 000 0 -- 0-2-2
Cortland (41-7-1) 002 000 0 -- 2-3-0
Marcie Bruder (Western New England) and Stephanie Adamshick (Cortland)
WP - Adamshick (18-4)
LP - Bruder (20-5)
It rained most of the morning prior to the start of today's games, and
althoughthe maintenance crew at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex had been
working for severalhours to prepare the field for play, the steady rain
continued to create puddles on theinfield. Just thirty minutes prior to
start time, there were only a handful of fanswaiting in the rain - a stark
contrast to the start of yesterday's play. Around 9:30 a.m.,the NCAA
Softball Committee announced that it would wait until 9:50 a.m. EDT to make
adecision on whether or not the first game would begin at 11 a.m. with
pre-game warm up tostart at 10:30 a.m. 10 a.m. - The NCAA Softball Committee
has decided that today's first game will get underwaywith pre-game to start
at 10:20 a.m. EDT, and approximate start time at 10:45 a.m.10:45 a.m. -
With game five finally underway at close to the original start time of
11 a.m., the RedDragons and the Golden Bears held each other off until the
third inning when CarinPiacente pounded a two-run, inside the park home run
to deep center field that sentthe New England center fielder, Tricia
Troiano, through the centerfield fence. The wetfield may have been a factor.
The intermittant rain began falling again in the fourth, andperiodically
brought out the grounds crew to bulk up the infield. Cortland looked as if
it might score another run in the bottom of the fifth when Megan Cross stole
second andwas able to take third when the throw from the catcher was off.
However, Jennifer Rockwellwas unable to bring Cross home when she flied out
to left centefield. In the top of theseventh with two out and noone on base,
June Blake walked giving Western New Englandhope for not going home today.
But Troiano hit a pop up in foul territory that wascaught by the first
baseman to end the game.Cortland will play again Sunday at 2:30 p.m. against
Illinois Wesleyan or Emory.
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND HEAD COACH LORI MAYHEW ON HOW: the team played: "I
thought we played a good game, but we left our bats in Massachusetts. The
weather was not a factor during the game, but it was before thegame because
we didn't prepare the way we usually do. I feel good, I'm happy with the
outcome. We got further than we expected. This definitely raises the
standard for next season."
CENTERFIELDER TRICIA TROIANO ON GIVING UP AN INSIDE-THE-PARK,:two-run home
run: "I didn't slip on the field, but I did lose my balance becauseI wasn't
used to the size of the fence. I kind of kicked my foot out and lost my
balance and then stood up on the fence."
PITCHER MARCIE BRUDER ON GIVING UP ONLY THREE RUNS:"I was very happy with
the way I pitched. I think we did very well."
CORTLAND HEAD COACH JULIE LENHART ON THE GAME: "I don't think the delay
effected us. Once we got here we just decided not to stopmoving. We have
played in the rain before. We have this thing this year that it seems like
when someone has a birthday on game day they hit a home run, so we were
expecting(Julie Gentner to hit a home run)."
JULIE GENTNER ON HITTING AN INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN ON HER: 22nd birthday:
"It was exciting. It was a big day. Our whole team was not ready to go home.
This meant a lot. I knew I wanted to hit hard. I didn't think it would go
out; Ithought maybe I could get a double...I was surprised to see coach
waving me on."