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NCAA Div. II Championship: Erb Shuts Out Indianapolis To Set NCAA Shutout Record

 SALEM, VA – Lock Haven senior pitcher Kristin Erb posted her NCAA-record 98th career strikeout on Saturday afternoon at the James I. Moyer Complex as Lock Haven defeated Indianapolis, 3-0. 

With the victory, Lock Haven (37-21) advances to play North Georgia at noon on Sunday. The Haven will have to beat top-ranked North Georgia twice in order to advance to Monday’s Championship Game. Indianapolis completes its 2009 season with a 37-21 record. 

The Haven scored first, plating the game’s opening run in the bottom half of the second inning. Designated player Brittany Muthard drew a one-out walk. After the Greyhounds recorded the second out of the inning, left fielder Julia Popovich poked a slap-hit double in to right field, and the pair of Lady Eagles were off to the races. Muthard ran through head coach Kelley Green’s stop sign at third base and chugged on home to give Lock Haven a 1-0 lead after two innings of play. 

In the bottom of the third, Ilia Lopez poked a one-out single to centerfield, but the ball was misplayed in the grass, allowing Lopez to advance to third base. She would come home to score on a sacrifice fly to right field by catcher Amanda Roosa. 

That was more than enough offense for Erb, who improves to 47-5 on the season. Erb’s 98th career shutout is the top total in NCAA Division II history and trails only Tennessee’s Monica Abbott (112) for the all-division record. Erb struck out seven and scattered four hits without a walk for the win. 

Greyhound pitcher Megan Russell concludes her season with a 20-12 record. She struck out six and walked four, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) against Lock Haven.