Pomeroys split after first day at USCAA National Championships

May 13, 2013

The Pomeroy softball team dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 defeat to Iowa Wesleyan College, but came through with a 12-1 victory over Virginia University-Lynchburg in the nightcap after the first day at the USCAA National Softball Championships in Akron, Ohio.  The loss to Iowa Wesleyan knocked the Pomeroys into the consolation bracket of the double elimination tournament, but remains alive with the win over Virginia University-Lynchburg. 

 

Iowa Wesleyan 5 SMWC 4  

The Pomeroy softball team suffered their first defeat at the USCAA National Softball Championships, falling to # 4 seed Iowa Wesleyan College 4-3 in nine innings.

The Tigers (19-13) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after Mikayla Dwyer and Andrea Bury hit RBI singles in the bottom of the first inning.  The Pomeroys would respond in the top of the third inning when Shelby Barnett and Kimberly Strattman scored off a Shelby Turner RBI double to tie the game 2-2. 

The Pomeroys would take their first lead of the ballgame in the top of the fifth inning on a Barnett score after Carly Painter was picked off at second base.  The Tigers would respond in the bottom of the sixth inning after Ashley Stube scored following an SMWC error.  The game would remain tied at 3-3 and extend into extra innings after neither team could tack on the winning run in the seventh inning. 

After a scoreless eighth inning, the Pomeroys would take the early lead in the top of the ninth after Rebecca Latta’s RBI single scored Melana Minning from third base.  Unfortunately, the Pomeroys were not able to hang on in the bottom of the ninth.  Iowa Wesleyan tied the game off a RBI double by Stube and ended the game with a two-out single up the middle by Alya Serrano to win the game.

Dannielle Owens had 11 strikeouts and one walk in 8.2 innings pitched. 

The loss moves SMWC into the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament and will play tonight versus #9 seeded Virginia-Lynchberg at 8 p.m.

 

SMWC 12 Virginia University-Lynchburg 1

The Pomeroy softball team hammered out nine hits en route to the five inning win.  With the victory, the Pomeroys advanced to the next round of the consolation bracket and will play Ave Maria at noon tomorrow. 

SMWC took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning, then added two more runs in the third inning to make it 5-0.  Another five runs in the fourth inning gave the Pomeroys a 10-0 advantage before the Lady Dragons got on the board with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Two runs in the fifth inning gave the Pomeroys an 11-run lead and the win after five innings.

Seven Pomeroy players had at least one RBI as Shelby Turner and Kelsey Rosselli led the team with two apiece.  Jennie Faker picked up the win for the Pomeroys.  She struck out 11 of the 18 batters she faced, retiring the first nine batters she faced before walking the leadoff batter in the fourth inning.

The Pomeroys will be back in action on Tuesday at noon in a matchup with Ave Maria.