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Championship Sunday Set at Division III Leadoff Classic

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- Louisiana College will meet St. Thomas in one gold bracket semifinal, while Chapman and Willamette will face-off in the other to determine who will battle for the 2007 NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic Sunday afternoon in Panama City Beach, Fla. 

Louisiana College, ranked No. 9 in the NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll, continued its undefeated run at Frank Brown Park with a 10-2 win over Mount Union. 

Erica Harwell continued her torrid offensive pace as she went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs. Her biggest blast came in the fourth as she gave the Lady Wildcats the lead for good with a three-run home run that capped a six-run frame. 

Jodi Montagnino allowed just two hits following the offensive outburst, moving to 7-0 on the year as she allowed two runs on five hits with a pair of strikeouts in the complete-game effort. 

The Lady Wildcats will meet sixth-ranked St. Thomas after the Tommies took advantage of three errors during a six-run third of its own to down Methodist 9-1. 

Maria Bye helped her own cause as she collected a hit and drove in four runs while going five innings in the circle and allowing an unearned run and two hits with five strikeouts. 

The gold bracket’s second seed, Willamette, continued its strong play Saturday afternoon in a 13-7 win over Wheaton. Molly Barnes went 4-for-5 at the plate, driving in three runs and scoring four times, while teammate Geneva Hale blasted a pair of home runs, including a grand slam in the first, for a 2-for-2, six-RBI afternoon. 

Wheaton cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first, but Willamette answered with a run in the third before closing the game with two runs in each of the final four frames to give Leighann Auer the win. Auer hurled four innings, giving up six runs, four earned, on five hits with five strikeouts. 

They will face off with No. 8 Chapman as the Panthers fought off Trinity 5-2 Saturday afternoon. Catherine Hall highlighted a 2-for-3, five-RBI day with a grand slam in the third that rallied Chapman from an early 2-0 deficit. 

Maggie Wilder struck out eight as she went the distance and allowed just the two second-inning runs on five hits to move to 7-2 on the year. 

In the silver bracket, Ithaca knocked off Coe 9-6 to move into a semifinal matchup with 2004 Leadoff Classic champion Moravian, who defeated Augustana 6-3. The other silver bracket semifinal pits Central against Babson, a 5-2 winner over Alma, after the Dutch claimed a wild 14-13 victory over Rutgers-Camden. 

William-Paterson and Plattsburgh State will meet in one bronze bracket semifinal, while Wisconsin-Eau Claire and La Verne will square-off in the other.