7th Inning Thunder Lifts Trine To National Championship
Plus: Lynchburg One Win Away and Academic All-America BSB, SFB Teams
JUNE 8, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. 7th Inning Thunder Lifts Trine To National Championship
Carolyn Biel may never have to buy dinner again in Angola again.
After making an outstanding defensive play in the top of the seventh inning, the graduate student drove in the championship-winning run to lift Trine (46-6) to a 1-0 victory over Salisbury (49-6) for the program’s first national softball championship.
Biel’s liner to left field plated Emma Beyer with the game-winner. Alexis Michon was outstanding in the circle, allowing just two hits while striking out five. She outdueled Lindsay Windsor who scattered six hits and fanned four.
What a catch by Biel of @TrineAthletics!
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2. Potts Pitches Hornets Past Hop
Zack Potts, Lynchburg
Senior RHP Zack Potts went the distance, allowing seven hits and no earned runs to improve to 13-0 as Lynchburg downed Johns Hopkins, 5-2, in the opening game of the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship series.
The Hornets (47-7) scored twice in the top of the first to take control and sweated out a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the ninth. Eric Hiett had a pair of RBIs for Lynchburg.
The best-of-3 series concludes today with the Blue Jays (47-7) needing two wins to take the title, while the Hornets need one triumph for their first NCAA baseball crown.
📺 Watch: Johns Hopkins vs. Lynchburg, 12p ET.
3. Saunders Named Softball Academic All-American of Year
Recent Union College graduate Karson Saunders was named CSC Academic All-American of the Year in softball.
The Rexford, N.Y. native compiled a 4.0 GPA as a sociology and English double major in the classroom, while earning first-team All-America honors in the outfield, hitting .528 with a 1.364 OPS.
The 12 members of the Academic All-America first team have an average GPA of 3.96.
P-McKenna Smith, Husson, Sr., Biology, 3.92
P-Anna Koeppl, Trine, Sr., English Education, 3.98
C-Maddie Luderman, Simpson, Sr., Neuroscience, 3.83
IF-Lindsay Ambrosino, WPI, Grad., Electrical & Computer Engineering, 4.0
IF-Alyssa Borozan, Montclair State, Grad, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 4.0
IF-Mackenzie Biven, MIT, Soph., Business Analytics, 4.0
IF-KaiLi Gross, Case Western Reserve, Jr., Biomedical Engineering, 4.0
IF-Morgan Frye, Berry, Jr., 3.85, Environmental Science
OF-Karson Saunders, Union, Sr., Sociology / English, 4.0
OF-Allie Fauth-Kilgore, Bethel, Grad., Elementary Education, 3.98
OF-Grace Salaja, MSOE, Sr., Electrical Engineering, 4.0
DP-Grace Houghton, Loras, Sr., Mathematics, 3.94
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4. Horvat Honored as Baseball Academic All-American of the Year
Recent Washington & Jefferson graduate Tyler Horvat was named the CSC Academic All-American of the Year for the sport of baseball.
The native of Irwin, Pa. hit leadofffor the Presidents this season, hitting .387 with 30 steals as a centerfielder. The finance major who compiled a 3.99 GPA, also served as the team’s mound ace, posting an 11-3 record with 82 strikeouts in 93.1 innings.
The members of the Academic All-America first team have a combined 3.92 GPA.
P-Tyler Horvat, Washington & Jefferson, Sr., Finance/Accounting, 3.99
P-Charlie Fleming, Denison, Sr., Health, Exercise & Sport Studies, 3.84
C-Harrison Poeszat, Kalamazoo, Sr., Chemistry, 3.96
IF-Justin Sartori, Aurora, Grad., Finance & Business Administration, 4.00
IF-Noah Campabelli, St. John Fisher, Sr., Finance/Accounting, 3.93
IF-Luke Vonderhaar, Baldwin Wallace, Sr., Accounting, 3.98
IF-Michael Newsom, Spalding, Grad., Business Communication, 4.00
OF-Matthew Carlsen, Bethel, Jr., Mechanical Engineering, 4.00
OF-Matthew Cooper, Johns Hopkins, Sr., Economics, 3.54
OF-Kyle McCausland, Middlebury, Soph., Economics & Computer Science, 3.92
DH-Graham Cartwright, MIT, Sr., Computer Science/Economics/Business Analytics, 3.92
5. Lightning Round ⚡️
🗞 News. Former Trinity U. baseball standout MJ Metz hit three home runs in Duke’s win over UNC Wilmington in the NCAA Division I baseball regionals on Friday. Oh, he did it playing with a torn ACL in his left knee. “I’ve always known what kind of player I was,” said the 6-6, 240-pound Metz. “I’ve never really doubted myself in that sense. To get the opportunity to come here, it’s been great.”
🎾 Tennis (M). The ITA announced its DIII tennis award winners. Congrats to Pomona-Pitzer’s Janie Marcus (Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship), Kenyon’s Eleni Lazaridou (Rookie of Year), Emory’s Stephanie Shulman (Most Improved Senior), and MIT’s Sarah Pertsemlidis (Senior Player of Year).
🎾 Tennis (W). The ITA announced its DIII tennis award winners. Congrats to Pacific’s Koby Murata (Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship), CMS’ Advik Mareedu (Rookie of Year), Skidmore’s Brendan Jimenez (Most Improved Senior), and CWRU’s James Hopper (Senior Player of Year).
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6. Comings and Goings
ALMA - Megan Greenup named assistant women’s volleyball coach
ANNA MARIA - Kevin Pender named head women’s volleyball coach
BALDWIN WALLACE - Matt Ludwig named assistant track and field coach
CARROLL - Shawn Thielitz stepped down as head track and field coach
CHICAGO - Julianne Stitch resigned as head men’s soccer coach
ELMHURST - Melissa Schwab named student-athlete success coach
HUNTINGDON - Mary Willis named assistant strength and conditioning coach
ILLINOIS WESLEYAN - Abby Kushina named assistant women’s lacrosse coach
JOHN CARROLL - Kelsey Shewbridge named head women’s lacrosse coach
JOHN JAY - Dan Ostberg named head strength and conditioning coach
La VERNE - Pardis Mahdavi named president
LEBANON VALLEY - Willie Hope named assistant men’s basketball coach
McDANIEL - David Sartin named interim head football coach
ST. OLAF - Chris Kuna stepped down as head men’s tennis coach
U. OF NEW ENGLAND - Patty Williams named associate athletic director
WASHINGTON AND LEE - Malcolm Gibson named assistant football coach
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