Thursday, May 20 - Rain permitted one full gameand two innings of another to be played on Thursday. Simpson defeatedMessiah, 4-0, in the only complete game of opening day. In thesecond game, Bridgewater State (MA) and Rowan (NJ) were scorelessat the end of two innings before play was halted. That game willresume at 11 a.m. Central time Friday morning.
Simpson College (IA) 4, Messiah College (PA) 0
Simpson pitcher Kelly Schade broke her own NCAA Division III single-seasonstrikeout record with eight K's against Messiah ... Schade , wholimited Messiah to three singles and no walks, brought her 1999strikeout total to 348, breaking the previous Division III markof 341 she set last season ... The shutout was Schade's 24th ofthe year ... The start of the game was delayed one hour by rainand there was a 30-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth... At the time of the delay, Simpson had runners at second andthird with one out and a 1-0 lead ... The first pitch followingthe delay was to left fielder Amber Ridnour, whose bunt singlescored the runner from third ... The next Simpson batter, designatedplayer Sarah Eggleston, smacked a two-run single to account forthe Storm's final runs ... Simpson opened the scoring in the firstinning on Julie Kostner's RBI triple .... In an attempt to forceopponents to pitch to catcher Michelle Fowler, Simpson coach HenryChristowski moved his cleanup-hitting player to the leadoff spotand switched his leadoff hitter, right fielder Julie Kostner tocleanup ... Fowler, a .488 batter who leads the Storm in baseson balls (22), drew a walk to open the game ... Pinch-runner,Kelly Behmer, then advanced to second on a passed ball, to thirdon a wild pitch, and scored the game's first run on Kostner'striple ... Christowski made the lineup switch of the final gameof last week's Midwest Regional championship game, a 6-0 win overSt. Mary's (MN).