Blue Jays, Hornets Set For Series

Salisbury, Trine Meet In Softball Final; Atlantic East Throws Flag On Play

JUNE 6, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH

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» What’s Happening Today: The DIII Baseball and Softball Championships continue. The NCAA Lacrosse Playing Rules Committee (through Wednesday). The Postgraduate Scholarship Committee (through Tuesday).

1. Blue Jays, Hornets Set For Series

Matt Savedoff, Johns Hopkins

It will be Johns Hopkins against Lynchburg for the 2023 Division III Baseball Championship.

The top-ranked Blue Jays (47-6) received a complete-game, 148-pitch performance from Matt Savedoff in an 8-2 victory against Baldwin Wallace (39-12). The Yellow Jackets had forced the “if” game with a 6-3 win earlier in the day. Caleb Cyr and Dylan Whitney each drove in a pair of runs for the Blue Jays.

The Hornets received a complete-game effort from Wesley Arrington, while Avery Neaves went 2-for-4 with three RBI in a 7-1 triumph over East Texas Baptist. It is the first appearance for Lynchburg in the national championship series and farthest run for any Old Dominion Athletic Conference member.

The championship best-of-3 series begins Wednesday.


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2. Salisbury, Trine Meet In Finals

Debbie Hill, Trine

It will be Salisbury and Trine for the 2023 NCAA Division III softball championship.

The Thunder joined the Sea Gulls’ party with a 4-1 triumph over Coe on Monday. Freshman Debbie Hill went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI for the victors. Hill also delivered 5 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in the circle, allowing one hit and fanning 10.

Salisbury (48-4) and Trine (44-5) meet in the opening game of a best-of-three series today at 12p ET.

3. Atlantic East Throws Flag On Play

by Isabella DiAmore, Philadelphia Inquirer

About a year ago, Atlantic East Conference commissioner Jessica Huntley read an article about girls competing in high school flag football. She thought that if girls have opportunities to play in high school, why couldn’t they do the same in college?

She decided to make it happen. In a partnership with the NFL and RCX Sports, along with support from the Eagles, Huntley announced Monday her conference’s plans to offer varsity women’s flag football — the first to do so — with an anticipated start date of spring 2025. The Atlantic East Conference competes at NCAA’s Division III level.

Before beginning varsity play, the schools - Centenary, Cabrini, Immaculata, Marymount, and Neumann - plan to offer club flag football with weekend tournaments in 2024.

» What’s Next: “The upcoming year will mark as a trial run for the Atlantic East Conference as it spreads awareness and assesses the interest level while sorting through logistics of scheduling games and finding coaches and officials.”

» What They’re Saying: “The NFL, the Eagles, RCX Sports and the Atlantic East Conference working together is an example of how flag football can be expanded at the collegiate level,” said Troy Vincent, Sr., Executive Vice President of NFL Football Operations. “The Atlantic East Conference is showing tremendous leadership as the first in the NCAA to elevate Flag, which will provide access for female athletes to play at the next level and further pursue their dreams."

» Of Note: “The ever-growing high school ranks makes this a valuable step for our schools and the commitment to future growth with our athletic programs and women’s sports,” said Huntley.


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4. Hopper, Zhou Head Final Rankings

The ITA has released its final team and individual rankings for the 2023 season.


» Team: 1-Case Western Reserve, 2-Tufts, 3-Middlebury, 4-Bowdoin, 5-Claremont-M-S, 6-Emory, 7-Washington U., 8-Williams, 9-Sewanee, 10-Gustavus Adolphus.

» Singles: 1-James Hopper (Case Western Reserve), 2-Tristan Bradley (Bowdoin), 3-Rishabh Sharda (Tufts), 4-Noah Laber (Middlebury), 5-Phuc Huynh (Washington U.).

» Doubles: 1-Hopper/Vishwa Aduru (CWRU), 2-Michael Melnikov/Purushotham Koduri (Swarthmore), 3-Vuk Vuksanovic/Derin Acaroglu (Tufts), 4-Thomas Yu/James Yu (Johns Hopkins), 5-Chase Cohen/Matthew Kandel (Williams).


» Team: 1-Claremont-M-S, 2-Chicago, 3-Pomona-Pitzer, 4-Middlebury, 5-Wesleyan (Conn.), 6-Emory, 7-Amherst, 8-Johns Hopkins, 9-MIT, 10-Williams.

» Singles: 1-Angie Zhou (Pomona-Pitzer), 2-Sylwia Mikos (Chicago), 3-Olivia Soffer (Babson), 4-Nika Vesely (Wesleyan), 5-Eleni Lazaridou (Kenyon), 6-Hannah Kassaie (Case Western Reserve), 7-Alisha Chulani (Claremont-M-S), 8-Sarah Pertsemlidis (MIT), 9-Sahana Raman (Middlebury), 10-Lauren Long (Washington and Lee).

» Doubles: 1-Brooke Despriet/Katherine Petty (Sewanee), 2-Soffer/Matia Cristiani (Babson), 3-Kassaie/Lily McCloskey (CWRU), 4-Lauren Rha/Nina Ye (Pomona-Pitzer), 5-Danna Taylor/Crystal Zhou (Carnegie Mellon)

5. Lightning Round ⚡️

🗞 #WhyD3. The Anaheim Ducks named former Colby ice hockey player Greg Cronin ‘86 as its head coach. He had spent the last five seasons as head coach of the AHL’s Colorado Eagles.

⚽️ Soccer. John Collins has been named the NCAA men's and women's soccer national coordinator of officials, bringing more than 35 years of experience as a referee to the position.

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