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Panthers Hit Three Home Runs in Championship Game Win
PROVIDENCE, RI - After a come-from-behind win in the Northeast-10 Conference Semifinals, Adelphi waited a day to play in the championship game, at Brown University Saturday afternoon. The Panthers took on Northeast Division Regular Season Champion Merrimack and used three solo home runs to capture their first Conference title in four years with a 6-2 decision.
The Warriors (33-13) were the first to strike after one and a half scoreless frames passed. The acting home team loaded the bases in the bottom of the second and was able to plate one run after Nicole Nanof was hit by a pitch. Solid defense around Adelphi starter Lindsay Mapes allowed the Panthers (35-13-1) to escape the inning.
After Merrimack retired the first two batters, Brenna Martini (2-3) quickly tied the contest with a stroke of the bat, launching a shot over the left field wall. Nicole Camera (1-3) followed suit as the next up for Adelphi and sent a ball over the left center fence, to give the Brown and Gold a one-run advantage.
A leadoff triple for Tamarra Crowe (2-4) got things started for the Blue and Gold in the following inning, as Nanof belted a triple to even the score in the championship contest. An RBI-groundout for Steph Staiano gave the lead back to Adelphi in the fifth- a lead they extended on a sacrifice fly from Christina Rizzi coupled with an error in the field to make it a 5-2 game.
Mapes, recently named NE10 Pitcher of the Year, went the distance for the SW Division Champs, throwing all seven innings and scattering eight hits for two runs. With the help of her team, they were able to prohibit any Warriors from scoring from the fourth inning on as Nicoletta Cuccio (2-4) slammed the door with a round-tripper of her own in the sixth to seal the deal for Adelphi.
The Brown and Gold will find out who is going to join them in the NCAA Division II East Regional at 10:00 am on Monday, May 8 when the NCAA selection show airs on NCAA.com.
2017 NE10 Softball All-Championship Team
Nicole Camera, Adelphi
Krista King, Adelphi
Brenna Martini, Adelphi
Courtney Case, Le Moyne
Haley Currie, Merrimack
Nicole Nanof, Merrimack
Maddy Barone, Southern New Hampshire
Most Outstanding Player - Brenna Martini, Adelphi
2017 NE10 Softball Championship Schedule
Tuesday, May 2nd
Game 1: #4 NE Southern New Hampshire 10, #3 NE Assumption 4
Game 2: #3 SW Le Moyne 6, #4 SW New Haven 4
Thursday, May 4 & Saturday, May 6
Thursday, May 4
Game 3: #4 NE Southern New Hampshire 5, #2 SW Pace
Game 4: #3 SW Le Moyne 13, #2 NE Saint Anselm 5
Friday, May 5
Game 5: #1 NE Merrimack 2, #4 NE Southern New Hampshire 1, Final - 9 Innings
Game 6: #1 SW Adelphi 10, #3 SW Le Moyne 9
Saturday, May 6
Game 7: #1 SW Adelphi 6, #1 NE Merrimack 2
Information for this release provided by the athletic communication staffs at Adelphi.
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