NCAA DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP
JAMES I. MOYER SPORTS COMPLEX, SALEM, VA.
SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE (All times EDT)
GAME 5 - 11 a.m. - Western New England vs. Cortland
GAME 6 - 1:30 p.m. - Muskingum vs. Wartburg
GAME 7 - 4 p.m. - Central vs. Salisbury
GAME 8 - 6:30 p.m. - Illinois Wesleyan vs. Emory
SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE (All times EDT)
GAME 9 - Noon - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7
GAME 10 - 2:30 p.m. - Loser Game 8 vs. Cortland
GAME 11 - 5 p.m. - Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8
GAME 12 - 7:30 p.m. - Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 9
Western New England (32-6) 000 000 0 -- 0-2-2
Cortland (41-7-1) 002 000 0 -- 2-3-0
Marcie Bruder (Western New England) and Stephanie Adamshick (Cortland)
WP - Adamshick (18-4)
LP - Bruder (20-5)
It rained most of the morning prior to the start of today's games, and
although the maintenance crew at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex had been
working for several hours to prepare the field for play, the steady rain
continued to create puddles on the infield. Just thirty minutes prior to
start time, there were only a handful of fans waiting in the rain - a stark
contrast to the start of yesterday's play. Around 9:30 a.m., the NCAA
Softball Committee announced that it would wait until 9:50 a.m. EDT to make
a decision on whether or not the first game would begin at 11 a.m. with
pre-game warm up to start at 10:30 a.m. 10 a.m. - The NCAA Softball Committee
has decided that today's first game will get underway with pre-game to start
at 10:20 a.m. EDT, and approximate start time at 10:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m. -
With game five finally underway at close to the original start time of
11 a.m., the Red Dragons and the Golden Bears held each other off until the
third inning when Carin Piacente pounded a two-run, inside the park home run
to deep center field that sent the New England center fielder, Tricia
Troiano, through the centerfield fence. The wet field may have been a factor.
The intermittant rain began falling again in the fourth, and periodically
brought out the grounds crew to bulk up the infield. Cortland looked as if
it might score another run in the bottom of the fifth when Megan Cross stole
second and was able to take third when the throw from the catcher was off.
However, Jennifer Rockwell was unable to bring Cross home when she flied out
to left centefield. In the top of the seventh with two out and noone on base,
June Blake walked giving Western New England hope for not going home today.
But Troiano hit a pop up in foul territory that was caught by the first
baseman to end the game. Cortland will play again Sunday at 2:30 p.m. against
Illinois Wesleyan or Emory.
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND HEAD COACH LORI MAYHEW ON HOW: the team played: "I
thought we played a good game, but we left our bats in Massachusetts. The
weather was not a factor during the game, but it was before the game because
we didn't prepare the way we usually do. I feel good, I'm happy with the
outcome. We got further than we expected. This definitely raises the
standard for next season."
CENTERFIELDER TRICIA TROIANO ON GIVING UP AN INSIDE-THE-PARK,: two-run home
run: "I didn't slip on the field, but I did lose my balance because I wasn't
used to the size of the fence. I kind of kicked my foot out and lost my
balance and then stood up on the fence."
PITCHER MARCIE BRUDER ON GIVING UP ONLY THREE RUNS: "I was very happy with
the way I pitched. I think we did very well."
CORTLAND HEAD COACH JULIE LENHART ON THE GAME: "I don't think the delay
effected us. Once we got here we just decided not to stop moving. We have
played in the rain before. We have this thing this year that it seems like
when someone has a birthday on game day they hit a home run, so we were
expecting (Julie Gentner to hit a home run)."
JULIE GENTNER ON HITTING AN INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN ON HER: 22nd birthday:
"It was exciting. It was a big day. Our whole team was not ready to go home.
This meant a lot. I knew I wanted to hit hard. I didn't think it would go
out; I thought maybe I could get a double...I was surprised to see coach
waving me on."