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Day 2 Notes - NCAA Division III Women's Softball Championship

Friday, May 21 - Six games requiring 13 hours and two minutes to play were completed on Friday after rain wiped out all but one game and two innings of another on Thursday ... Rowan (6-0 over Bridgewater), Wisconsin-Eau Claire (4-0 over Alma) and Chapman (5-0 over Ithaca) joined Simpson as opening-round winners. In the loser's bracket, Messiah eliminated Bridgewater, 6-0, while Alma stayed alive with a 4-2 win over Ithaca ... The day's final contest was a winner's bracket semifinal, won by Simpson over Rowan, 5-1 ...

The tournament's big story is the host team, Wisconsin-Eau Claire ... The Bluegolds have won 26 of their last 30 games after a 13-8 start ... UWEC started fast in its win over Alma, scoring three runs in the first inning and one more in the second to take the pressure off pitcher Heidi Bergstrom, who advanced her record to 23-7 with a six-hit shutout. ... Catcher Lisa Schueler's first-inning two-run single started the scoring parade ... Blugolds coach JoEllen Bailey said, "It was a great start for us. It really pushed our confidence up" ... Chapman designated player Molly Beckett drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and two-run single to pace the Panthers ... Rowan pitcher Jamie Elias gave up only three hits in shutting out Bridgewater ... Rowan first baseman Tara Corcoran was 2-for-3 with a third-inning two-run single for the Professors ... Messiah pitcher Jessica Chambers took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of her team's elimination game against Bridgewater, but BSC second baseman Kelly Stanton broke up the no-hitter with a line singleto right to lead off the sixth inning ... Simpson's Kelly Schade has struck out 20 and walked only one in 14 innings ... Simpson catcher Michelle Fowler stroked her fifth homer of the season in the sixth ... Both homers came with no runners on base ... Rowan's only run came on shortstop Stephanie Alloco's RBI triple in the sixth inning which knocked in left fielder Nora Sullivan, who had reached base on Schade's only walk of the tournament,

... Today's action begins at 11 a.m. with the other winner's bracket semifinal between Wisconsin-Eau Clair and Chapman ... Elimination bracket games follow at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with the remainder of the day's schedule determined by who wins those two games ... By rule, no team is allowed to play more than two games in a day in postseason play, so the NCAA games committee must consider that factor in rescheduling makeup games ... As it stands now, at least two and maybe three games will have to be played on Monday, a day which originally contained only a second "if necessary" championship game in the original, pre-rain, schedule.