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NCAA Division II Championships-Game 5
SALEM, Ore. -- Wayne State got the hits, but could not cross the plate as the Warriors left nine runners on base, including seven in scoring position in a 2-0 loss to defending national champion St. Mary's in an elimination game at the 2003 NCAA Division II Softball Championships.
All-American Kym Kling gave up three hits in the first inning, and looked to show effects of a poor showing in the opening round. But Kling responded, scattering three hits over the final six innings and pitching herself out of several jams to pick up her 31st win of the season.
"I was more determined today after how I pitched yesterday," Kling said. "I wanted people to know that I was not that kind of pitcher."
Kling, who also leads the Rattlers in hitting, has failed to deliver a hit in two games here in Salem.
"I'm still waiting," Kling said. "Once we can get our hitting going, we will be alright."
Kling was backed up by great defense. Reserve shortstop LuLu Rodriguez turned a huge double play that ended the third inning.
"We practice those plays on a regular basis," St. Mary's head coach Donna Fields said. "She came in and made an excellent play. She got an opportunity and came through for us."
Rodriguez entered the game in the second inning, when starting second baseman Jamie Bertsch suffered a right knee injury. Bertsch is being evaluated and is listed as day-to-day.
St. Mary's advances to face the loser of the Shippensburg-Georgia College and State University game. Wayne State finishes the season at 39-15-1.