May 4, 2008
Dallas, Pa. -
The Neumann College softball team defeated the Misericordia University softball team to win the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Softball Championship and earn the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Knights defeated the Cougars 8-7 in dramatic fashion as the winning runs came in their last at-bats. Coach Bill Saar stated, "I have never been more proud of a team. This team never gave up. We had the lead, we lost the lead and then we re-gained the lead. Our seniors were fantastic leaders who helped lead us to victory."
The Knights grabbed an early lead in the first inning when sophomore Jen Goslin hit a two-run homerun to make the score 2-0 Neumann. The Knights kept the pressure on when in the third inning junior Angela Sebasto's RBI-single brought in the third run. This was followed by senior Tina Walsh's two-run homerun in the fourth inning to make the score 5-0 Knights. All the while Sebasto was pitching a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
In the fifth inning Misericordia's offense starting heating up. Misericordia's Kristen Norris singled followed by walk s to Gina Urbon and Brittany Bradburn. This loaded the bases for the Cougars and broke up Sebasto's no hitter. Courtney Novajosky came to the plate for the Cougars and promptly hit another single and the score became 5-2 in favor of Neumann. The Knights were unable to score in the fifth and the teams headed to the sixth inning.
In the top of the sixth Misericordia regained the momentum. The Cougars scored four more runs in the sixth to take the lead 6-5. Ashley Ballard walked and Nicole Wenner doubled followed by Brittany Bradburn's double to give Misericordia the edge. Once again the Knights could not muster any offense and headed to the seventh inning trailing 6-5.
Misericordia added another score in the top of the seventh when Kristen Norris' sacrifice fly brought in a run to make the score 7-5. Sebasto was able to re-gain her composure and retired the side to deny the Cougars any more offense. The Knights came to bat in the bottom half of the inning looking to even the score at the very least.
Freshman and Co-Tournament MVP Kim Kirkpatrick led the seventh inning with a solo homerun to make the score 7-6. This was followed by two ground balls that gave the Knights two outs and put Misericordia on the brink of winning. But just like they have all year the Knights refused to lose. Neumann loaded the bases with determined batting and smart base running. Senior Samantha Duncan came to the plate and stroked a two-run single into right centerfield to win the game and help the Knights claim their second conference championship in three years.
Co-Tournament MVP Angela Sebasto pitched a complete game striking out nine, allowing seven hits and four walks. Sebasto also lead Neumann with three hits while Duncan had two hits for the Knights.
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