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Traci Reed helped to shut down the Monarchs in the first inning.
Neumann Closes out the 2006 Season at the NCAA Softball Championship

May 12, 2006

Box Score

Neumann closes out the 2006 Season at the NCAA Softball Championship with 8-4 Loss to Kings College


Neumann College finished up a historic season today in Salisbury, Maryland, with a loss to Kings College 8-4. In the battle to avoid elimination, both teams fought with class, force, and determination.


After a stellar play by first baseman Traci Reed, Kings had two outs on the board. Freshman pitcher Angela Sebasto   had some difficulties with the strike zone which resulted in three consecutive walks.  This struggle at the plate proved to set up Kings College's Leanne Harvey who scored a 2-RBI double to put King's up 2-0. 


Although Neumann executed seven base hits, including a two-run homer by freshman pitcher Angela Sebasto, they were only able to score four runs.  Sebasto's hit was what Neumann needed to tie the game in the second inning, yet King's retaliated with a solo home run in the third, followed by a 2-RBI singles in the fourth and an unearned run in the fifth which added to their lead.


Neumann's Kirsten Lawlor hit her second double of the day when she led off in the top of the fifth inning for the Knights. Kim Zlupko followed with a single up the middle to keep Neumann in the game. Both Knights crossed the plate at home on passed balls which helped the Knights effort to close the gap on the regional opponents. However the Knights valiant efforts were not enough, as King's scored two more runs in the sixth inning and was finally able to shut down the Knights in the top of the seventh to take the win.


In her second NCAA Championship game, Sebasto pitched 5.2 innings. She allowed only one earned run on seven hits before Head Coach Bill Saar elected to bring in sophomore Kelli Ann Meehan to close. 


With the close of the season, Neumann can proudly claim three landmark achievements. The softball team now holds it's first-ever conference tournament title, has made it to the first NCAA Division III Regional championship, and maintains the record for the best season in school history.


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