Southern Connecticut, New Haven Advance to Softball Championship Weekend


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April 24, 2012

Owls survive scare by Stonehill while Chargers
mount late comeback in Northeast-10 Quarterfinal

Top-seeded Southern Connecticut State University held off for a 10-inning, 4-3 victory over eighth-seeded Stonehill College in quarterfinal action of the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Softball Championship on Tuesday afternoon, while seventh-seeded University of New Haven made a late charge to down No. 2 seed Adelphi University, 5-4, on the road.

With the victories, the Owls and Chargers both advance to Championship Weekend, slated for Friday through Sunday, which will be hosted by So. Connecticut as the top seed in the championship field.

Due to inclement weather, the two other quarterfinal contests will be played on Wednesday afternoon, with sixth-seeded Southern New Hampshire traveling to third-seeded Assumption College (2:00 p.m.) and fourth-seeded Le Moyne College hosting No. 5 seed University of Massachusetts Lowell (2:00 p.m.).

#1 So. Connecticut 4, #8 Stonehill 3 (10 innings)BOX
New Haven, Conn. – The top-seeded Owls, currently ranked 16th in the nation, owned a 2-1 advantage over eighth-seeded Stonehill heading into the top of the seventh on Tuesday afternoon at Pelz Field. However, the Skyhawks got to Owls starting pitcher Jayme Larson for a pair in the frame to go up by a run, as an RBI double by Kelsey Wilcox tied it before Kaitlin Miller gave Stonehill the lead with an RBI single.

But a resilient Owls team got a run back in the bottom half to tie it up again, as a sac fly by Julie Muscarella evened the score at 3-3 to send it to extra innings.

So. Connecticut (37-8) later walked off with the victory in the 10th, as Jessica Rosa's base hit through the left side scored Brittany Bucko to win it.

Larson went all 10 innings on the mound to improve to 20-2 on the season, allowing the three runs on six hits while striking out eight and walking four. She allowed only three base runners over the final three frames.

In addition to scoring the winning run, Bucko went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a pair of walks for the Owls, as she doubled and scored in the first before blasting a solo homer in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie.

The Skyhawks' Samantha Krantz went 9.2 innings in the losing effort, allowing four runs – three earned – on seven hits with eight strikeouts and four walks. Nicole Eisenmann and Casey Remick each doubled and had two hits apiece for Stonehill, which fell to 24-15.

#7 New Haven 5, #2 Adelphi 4BOX
Garden City, N.Y. – Down 4-1 entering the sixth, seventh-seeded New Haven scored three times in the inning to tie it before plating another in the seventh en route to a 5-4 upset victory over second-seeded Adelphi on Tuesday at Janet L. Ficke Field.

Shannon Angehr's sixth-inning single plated three runs for the Chargers (28-19-1) to even the score at 4-4, and Gilly Childs singled back up the middle an inning later for the eventual winning run.

Adelphi struck first, scoring three times in the second inning on an RBI single by Heather Salerno and a two-run base knock by Victoria Wink. The Chargers got one back in the fourth on an error, only for the Panthers to push their lead back up to three after Jaclyn Binstock homered with two outs and nobody on in the fifth.

Kelsey Malloy got the victory in the circle for New Haven, as she allowed just one run while scattering six hits over 5.2 innings after relieving starter Keri Tricinelli, who was chased after the Panthers got to her for three earned in just 1.1 innings.

Adelphi starter Devon Kelly allowed an unearned run over four innings of work, but Laurin Watts allowed four runs on three hits over two innings of relief to take the loss.

New Haven's Angehr had a three-hit performance to lead the way for the Chargers, while Binstock and Emily Dorko both had two hits for Adelphi, which fell to 34-18-1.

The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 5,500 student-athletes. Each year, 4,000 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.

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