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St. Mary's Wins NCAA Division II National Championship

 

NCAA Division II Championship
James I. Moyer Softball Complex
Salem, Va.
Weather: Mostly sunny, breezy, 60
Championship Game -- Monday, May 20

Game 15: St. Mary's (58-11) 4, Grand Valley State (49-12-1) 0 -- FINAL
St. Mary's wins national championship
St. Mary's (Texas) 4, Grand Valley State 0 -- FINAL

St. Mary's 201 001 0 -- 4 10 1
Grand Valley State 000 000 0 -- 0 4 0
Winning Pitcher: Kym Kling (35-5)
Losing Pitcher: Jennifer Mackson (30-6)

Tournament Most Valuable Player Kym Kling tossed a four-hit shutout and Pam Salinas'
RBI- single capped a two-run first inning to lead St. Mary's to its first-ever NCAA
Division II softball national championship. Natalie Hill walked with one out in the top of the first, stole second,
advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch to put the Lady
Rattlers on top. Salinas followed with her single to left to score Veronica Garcia, who
had walked and advanced to second on the wild pitch. Kelly Burt hit leadoff singles in
both the first and third innings, and Grand Valley State put a runner on base in each of
the first four innings, but Kling never allowed any runner past second base. Kling retired
eight consecutive batters during one stretch before Rachel Blain reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the
seventh inning. St. Mary's, which was held to six hits in two games on Sunday, exploded
for 10 hits Monday. Hill, Garcia and Ashley Boedecker had two hits apiece for the Lady
Rattlers. Grand Valley State pitcher Jennifer Mackson, who retired the last 19 batters
she faced in the Lakers' eight-inning 1-0 win over St. Mary's Sunday night, extended her
streak to 20 before issuing the first-inning walk to Hill. For the championship, Kling
posted a 4-1 record with a 0.36 earned run average, allowing only two earned runs in 39.1
innings pitched. She pitched two complete game shutouts and combined on a third at the
championship. She recorded 40 strikeouts and allowed only three walks. Both St. Mary's
and Grand Valley State were making their first- ever appearances in the national finals,
as well as advancing to the championship game for the first time ever. St. Mary's won a
national championship in NAIA in 1987. St. Mary's head coach Donna Fields was a member of
the 1987 national championship team. Below is a listing of the All-Tournament Team.
Six St. Mary's players and four Grand Valley State players earned All-Tournament honors.

All-Tournament Team

Pitcher: Kym Kling, St. Mary's (MVP)
Pitcher: Jennifer Mackson, Grand Valley State
Catcher: Liz Hunt, St. Mary's
Infield: Natalie Hill, St. Mary's
Infield: Veronica Garcia, St. Mary's
Infield: Sara Vroegindewey, Grand Valley State
Infield: Jen Goldschmeding, Grand Valley State
Outfield: Tanya Medina, St. Mary's
Outfield: Kamala Kiffe, Chico State
Outfield: Lisa Mull, Bloomsburg
Designated Player: Ashley Boedecker, St. Mary's
At-Large: Katie Stokx, Chico State
At-Large: Kerri Jonas, Grand Valley State