Le Moyne and Assumption Set to Meet in Sunday’s Softball Championship Game
For Immediate Release
April 28, 2012
Assumption would need two victories to claim Northeast-10 title
New Haven, Conn. – With respective victories on Saturday afternoon, fourth-seeded Le Moyne College and third-seeded Assumption College will square off on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. to decide the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Softball Championship.
Le Moyne has won all three games it has played thus far in championship play, including a 5-1 victory over seventh-seeded University of New Haven on Saturday. Meanwhile Assumption, despite being on the brink of elimination since Friday, has now won two in a row following Saturday's 11-3 win over New Haven, which eliminated the Chargers.
The double-elimination format calls for Assumption to win twice on Sunday since Le Moyne has not yet lost in the championship tournament. Should the Greyhounds prove victorious over the Dolphins in the morning contest, a decisive second game – if necessary – will get underway 30 minutes following the first contest.
New Haven sees its season comes to an end 29-21, but not before making noise in the conference championship. The Chargers bounced second-seeded Adelphi University with a first-round victory on Tuesday, then defeated Assumption, 8-3, on Friday.
#4 Le Moyne 5, #7 New Haven 1 – BOX
Sophomore Sarah Harrison won her third game in four days on Saturday for the Dolphins, allowing just one run on four hits in a complete-game performance. The Cobleskill, N.Y. native also had eight strikeouts and did not walk a batter in the 7-1 win over New Haven.
Harrison also went 2-for-3 with a run scored at the plate, as she was the only Dolphin with a multi-hit game.
Le Moyne scored four times in the second, as an error plated two before Leah Ford delivered an RBI double and Kelcie Cashel's RBI single scored another.
New Haven starting pitcher Alana Wesche was removed in the middle of the frame, as she allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits in 1.1 innings.
The Dolphins tacked on another in the fourth on an RBI double by Barb Shea. New Haven's only run off Harrison came in the sixth on a solo shot by Shannon Angehr.
#3 Assumption 11, #7 New Haven 3 – BOX
The Greyhounds scored nine times in the third and fourth innings combined to hand the Chargers their second loss of the day in Northeast-10 Championship action on Saturday.
New Haven scored a pair in the first to go on top, 2-0, but Assumption made up for it with four in the third to take the lead for good. In the inning, Jess DiPilato plated Melissa Jalbert on a fielder's choice before an error allowed Nicole Boris to score. After DiPilato scored on a wild pitch, Ashley Impagliazzo's bunt single brought home the fourth run of the frame.
An inning later in the fourth, Jalbertdoubled with one out before scoring on a Lauren Medeiros single, then Boris hit a two-run homer to spell New Haven starter Kelsey Malloy after 3.1 innings of work. Impagliazzo later added a two-run double to make it 9-2.
The Chargers scored again in the fifth before the Greyhounds added two more in the seventh.
Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Year Jennifer Lowrey got the win on the mound for the Hounds, going all seven innings while allowing three earned on two hits. She struck out six and also walked seven.
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.