Friday, May 27, 2022

Softball Finals Underway


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Softball Finals Underway


The first day of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship 

Christopher Newport d. WPI, 8-6

Berry d. Texas Lutheran, 5-1

Salisbury d. Millikin, 6-5 (9)

  • The Sea Gulls struck for two runs in the bottom of the ninth, capped by a Maddison Lednum walk-off double.

Eastern Connecticut 2, Trine 2, weather suspension 

  • The Warriors and the Thunder are tied in the sixth inning and are scheduled to resume Friday morning.

Friday Schedule
WPI vs. Texas Lutheran, 11 a.m. (elimination game)
Millikin vs. Eastern Connecticut/Trine, 1:30 p.m. (elimination game)
Christopher Newport vs. Berry, 4:30 p.m.
Salisbury vs. ECSU/Trine, 7 p.m.


2. Super Regional Weekend

Ryan Enos, Oswego State

We're down to 16 teams vying for a spot in the DIII baseball finals, scheduled for June 3-8 at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The best-of-three super regionals begin today with eight matchups.

No. 15 Trinity, Texas (35-11) at No. 3 Birmingham-Southern (41-8)

  • TU: MJ Metz has a 385-12-55 line with 21 steals
  • BSC: Ian Hancock has an OPS of 1.178 with 16 bombs and 58 RBI

No. 10 Rowan (33-8) at No. 1 Eastern Connecticut (42-3)

  • ROW: Eli Ativa is 8-0 with a 1.85 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP
  • ECSU: Luke Broadhurst has a 431-11-45 line with a 1.359 OPS

No. 21 Baldwin Wallace (35-11) at No. 19 Endicott (40-8)

  • BW: Luke Vonderhaar has a 356-18-67 line and a 1.193 OPS
  • EC: Gabe Van Emon is 8-0 with 83 strikeouts in 65.2 innings

Catholic (32-13) at Ithaca (33-12)

  • CUA: Tucker Alch is 10-2 with 114 K's in 86.1 IP (11.88/9)
  • IC: Buzz Shirley is hitting 424 with an OBP of 545

No. 17 Chapman (34-12) at No. 4 La Grange (40-6)

  • CU: Grant Manning is 8-1 with a 2.82 ERA and 113 K's
  • LC: Joe Ruth has a 454-10-81 line and a 1.189 OPS

No. 16 Oswego State (33-11) at No. 2 Marietta (41-5)

  • OSW: Ryan Enos has a 456-10-58 line with an OPS of 1.345
  • MC: Sam Mathews is 5-0 with a 1.33 ERA, a 0.69 WHIP and 13 saves

Wooster (34-15) at No. 7 Salisbury (34-9)

  • WOO: Tyler Chumita has 80 RBI and a 383 average
  • SU: Kavi Caster has a 420-11-57 line with 29 stolen bases

No. 12 UW-Stevens Point (38-8) at No. 9 UW-Whitewater (36-9)

  • UWSP: Aaron Simmons has a 375-20-60 line and a 1.282 OPS
  • UWW: Kade Lancour is 9-0 with a 2.65 ERA and 81 K's in 78 IP

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3. Wei Leaps Way Long

Kenneth Wei, MIT | Photo by

The opening day of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field championships saw two meet records fall by the wayside.

In the men's long jump, MIT's Kenneth Wei set a DIII championship meet record with a leap of 7.88m on his final attempt, breaking the 48-year-old record of 7.82.

In the men's 200 prelims, Centre's JP Vaught set an all-divisions, all-conditions record with a wind-aided 20.64. Ramapo's Cheickna Traore set the DIII championship with a 20.73 under official conditions.

Thursday Finals
10,000 (W): Ari Marks, Wellesley, 34:50.55
10,000 (M): Alex Philip, John Carroll, 30:02.53
Discus (M): Steven Hermsen, Carroll, 54.93m
Discus (W): Skye Digman, UW-La Crosse, 48.03m
Pole Vault (W): Emma Rudolph, Westminster, Pa., 3.95m
Long Jump (M): Kenneth Wei, MIT, 7.88m
Long Jump (W): Victoria Kadiri, Johns Hopkins, 6.03m
Javelin (W): Ava Nelson, Pacific Lutheran, 45.94m
Javelin (M): Marcus Weaver, UW-Eau Claire, 67.00m

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4. Individual Tournament Begins Today

The Division III men's and women's singles and doubles championships get underway this morning in Orlando.

For the men, Chicago's Christian Alshon is the top singles seed, while Alshon and teammate Derek Hsieh are seeded first in doubles.

On the women's side, the Maroons' Sylwia Mikos is seeded No. 1 in singles and the Claremont-M-S team of Nikolina Batoshvili and Alisha Chulani are the top doubles seed.


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5.  Lightning Round 


  • Penn State Abington IF Ryan McCarty was nominated for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. McCarty leads Division III in average (.529), hits (100), doubles (27), home runs (29), runs (89), RBI (91), total bases (220) and slugging percentage (1.164). He became just the second player in D-III history to record 100-plus hits in a single season doing so in just 44 games. McCarty’s 29 home runs are the most among all three divisions and his 89 runs tied the D-III single season record. 
  • The DIII women's championship begins today in Sarasota, Fla. The eight-team championship runs through Saturday. Each team is required to field two boats of eight rowers and a coxswain. 

   Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles to Katie Burkowski, FAR at St. John Fisher; Todd Gibson, AD at Grove City; Katie Kuhn, head volleyball coach at Ohio Northern (Sat.); Sharon Dingman, head volleyball coach at Colorado College (Mon); and MK Geratowski, assistant AD at Randolph-Macon (Mon.)

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