May 10, 2008
Lafayette, N.C. - Seventh seed Neumann College faced their third top 25 team in just three days as it took on nationally ranked and tournament first seed Lynchburg College at the 2008 NCAA Softball Regional Saturday morning.
The Hornets showed why they are ranked 7th in the nation when they opened the game with a single and back to back sacrifice hits which gave Lynchburg a 1-0 lead. However, Neumann could not be shaken. Leadoff batter Kim Kirkpatrick drew a walk and Jen Goslin hit a RBI double which scored Kirkpatrick and tied the game at one.
The two teams went scoreless in the next five innings as both battled for the rights to play in the Championship of the Fayetteville Regional. Neumann ace Angela Sebasto pitched her third complete game of the tournament throwing 8 innings allowing only 9 hits and striking out 3.
With runners at 1st and 3rd in the seventh inning Lynchburg was in good position to take the lead. However, with one out on the board Neumann's defense continued to dominate as Danielle Hayes caught a running fly ball and made the throw to home where starting catcher Caitlin Hanrahan was there to complete the double play and retire the Hornets in the top of the 7th.
In the bottom of the inning Neumann Head Coach Bill Saar put in Gabrielle Lulias to pinch run for Goslin who drew the walk, but the Knights were unable to end the game in regulation as Sebasto lined out to second base and Hayes and Samantha Duncan flied out to right field.
In the eighth the Hornets Audra Della Rosa singled and advance on a sacrifice by Elizabeth Perkins to set the stage for Dara Sandifer who doubled scoring Delrosa for the 2-1 edge and the eventual game winner. Neumann put forth a great effort in the bottom of the eighth but was unable to cross the plate.
Neumann will look to recover from its first loss of the tournament when the team returns to the field at approximately 2:00 p.m. to take on the winner of No. 3 Methodist vs. No.6 Ursinus College.
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