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Release: 05/21/2004
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May 21, 2004

NCAA Region 1 Softball - Friday in Tucson

Game 10 - Northwestern 5, South Carolina 3

Kristin Amegin's two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth brought Northwestern back from near-finished and kept NU alive in the NCAA Region 1 Softball Championships Friday night with a 5-3 victory over South Carolina.

Garland Cooper singled to lead off the inning, reached second on a passed ball, then Amegin stepped up and blasted the ball over the batter's eye deep in center.

The game set up the final four at Arizona's regional, including the host Cats and the second-seeded Oklahoma Sooners.

The Wildcats made a late comeback, tying the game in the bottom of the seventh. Eryn Manahan singled and scored on Jamie Dotson's double to center, putting the tying run in scoring position. USC's Melanie Henkes came on in relief of starter Stacey Johnson and got a lineout from J.C. Kira, then walked Jessica Miller.

USC catcher Ashley Smith tried to pick Dotson off second but threw the ball wide enough for shortstsop Amber Curtis to miss it, moving the runners to second and third. Leadoff batter Carrie Leto singled to left, bringing in Dotson with the tying run, unearned.

Third-seeded Northwestern improves to 34-19. USC, the four seed in the region, was eliminated with an overall record of 28-24.

Northwestern plays a 2 p.m. game Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette in the loser's bracket final.

All three of Saturday's games and Sunday's one- or two-game schedule in the double-elimination format will be shown on live television by CSTV.

McKenna Hughes followed a Nancy Crane single with a home run over the batter's eye in deep centerfield to stake the Gamecocks to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

Aleca Johnson scored an unearned run to make it 3-0 in the second, reaching first on a wild pitch after striking out, taking second on Margaret Person's sacrifice and eventually scoring when centerfielder Katie Logan mishandled Nancy Crane's single.

The Wildcats scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth to trim the lead. Garland Cooper reached on a fielding error, moved to third on a throwing error, and scored on an infield ground ball.

Northwestern Head Coach Kate Drohan - "Our seniors are the people who came through for us. They didn't want to end their season. We started slow, and then we got into our groove in the later innings. This is the second time in a week that we have had to come from behind and score two runs to win the game. Our team showed a lot of heart and fight in the end."

South Carolina Head Coach Joyce Compton - "Obviously, we didn't do anything when they switched pitchers. She did what she had to do to shut us down. We weren't as enthusiastic as the game went on, but that's the way we've been all year. We gave them runs. You can't give teams at this level four or five outs in an inning."

"Hopefully, the leadership will take over and realize how close we were to playing the next day. We know that we are fully capable. I have to give Northwestern the credit. They never stopped playing."

BOX SCORE

                                 2004 NCAA Region 1 Softball
                             South Carolina vs Northwestern
                      May 21, 2004 at Tucson, Ariz. (HIllenbrand)

South Carolina 3 (28-24) Northwestern 5 (34-19)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Crane, N. cf............... 4 1 2 0 Leto 2b.................... 4 0 1 1 Cornett, M. 1b............. 3 0 2 0 Mobley rf.................. 3 0 0 0 Hughes, M. lf.............. 4 1 1 2 Cooper 1b/dh............... 4 1 1 0 Smith, A. c................ 3 0 0 0 McCorkle pr............... 0 1 0 0 Schoonmaker 2b............. 3 0 0 0 Amegin 3b.................. 4 1 1 2 Curtis, A. ss.............. 4 0 0 0 Piatt pr.................. 0 0 0 0 Jennings, S. 3b............ 3 0 1 0 Manahan ss................. 3 1 1 1 Johnson, A. rf............. 3 1 0 0 Dotson dh/1b............... 2 0 1 1 Person, M. dh.............. 3 0 0 0 Crane pr.................. 0 1 0 0 Johnson, S. p.............. 0 0 0 0 Kira c..................... 3 0 1 0 Henkes, M. p.............. 0 0 0 0 Miller lf.................. 2 0 0 0 Logan cf................... 2 0 0 0 Hinck ph.................. 1 0 0 0 Foster p................... 0 0 0 0 Canney p.................. 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 30 3 6 2 Totals..................... 28 5 6 5

Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------ South Carolina...... 210 000 00 - 3 6 3 Northwestern........ 000 100 22 - 5 6 1 ------------------------------------------

E - Smith, A.; Johnson, S. 2; Amegin. LOB - SC 6; NU 5. 2B - Cornett, M.; Dotson. HR - Hughes, M.; Amegin. SH - Cornett, M.. SB - Dotson.

South Carolina IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Johnson, S. ............... 6.0 3 3 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 22 24 3 10 Henkes, M. L,9-8.......... 1.0 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 7 1 2

Northwestern IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Foster .................... 2.0 3 3 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 9 11 2 3 Canney W,19-4............. 6.0 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 21 22 7 6

WP - Foster. PB - Smith, A..

Strikeouts - Hughes, M.; Curtis, A.; Jennings, S. 2; Johnson, A. 2; Person, M.; Kira; Miller; Logan 2. Walks - Smith, A.; Schoonmaker; Mobley; Dotson; Miller.

Umpires - HP: Tony Maddox 1B: Tori Hix 3B: Debbi Lauderback Start: 7:40 Time: 2:16 Attendance: 152

Game notes: ID-263165 Johnson, S. faced 2 batters in the 7th. Henkes, M. faced 2 batters in the 8th. Game: SC-NU

Game 9 - Louisiana-Lafayette 8, Temple 1

Louisiana-Lafayette stayed alive in the loser's bracket of the NCAA Region 1 Softball Championships Friday evening with an 8-1 victory that eliminated seventh-seeded Temple (30-18).

Pitcher Holly Tankersley and Heather Bobbitt combined for a three-hitter and missed a shutout when a catcher's interference call set up a bases-loaded situation, and she walked in the Owls' lone drun

The fifth-seeded Rajin' Cajuns (57-7) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third after Crystal George drew a leadoff walk. Hillary Guidry bunted her over and a single by Holly Tankersley moved her to third and she crossed the plate on a wild pitch by Temple's Kim Watkins.

UL pushed the lead to 4-0 with a four hits and an error. Desi Chatman had an RBI single that was mishandled in center field for another run, and George hit a run-scoring double.

Louisiana added more runs in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Michelle Bergeaux, and a run-scoring single by Tankersley that was mishandled for a second run on the play, plus a run-scoring double by Danyele Gomez.

The Cajuns will face the winner of the Friday 7 p.m. game between Northwestern and South Carolina at 2 p.m. (PDT) Saturday.

Louisiana Coach Stefni Lotief - "We're here to play another day. We played Arizona the best that we could. We definitely didn't play our A game. We came back and played a good game against Temple."

"We don't hope; we go and play to the best of our ability. We hit the ball. That's the kind of team offense we like to play. I was pleased. We came out and swung our bats."

Pitcher Heather Bobbitt - I just had one bad inning. We did pretty good as a team. We had team offense and team defense, and that's how we got the win."

Temple Head Coach Rocco Pignoli - "This was our first time here. We were shaky in the first, but then we poured our hearts and guts into it. I'm proud that we were able to beat a good team in UC Santa Barbara. Then, we played an awesome team tonight in Louisiana Lafayette. They were blowing us out, but we showed some fight until the end. We have a great group of kids. I couldn't be prouder. Hopefully, we can repeat this."

BOX SCORE

                                 2004 NCAA Region 1 Softball
                             Louisiana-Lafayette vs Temple
                      May 21, 2004 at Tucson, Ariz. (Hillenbrand)

Louisiana-Lafayette 8 (57-7) Temple 1 (30-18)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Tankersley p............... 4 1 2 1 Katie Weigle cf............ 2 0 0 0 Bobbitt p................. 0 0 0 0 Nicole Undercuffler ph/cf. 2 0 0 0 Gomez 3b................... 4 0 2 1 Jessica Rohn 2b............ 2 0 0 0 Bryant 2b.................. 4 0 0 0 Lynsey Grace lf............ 3 0 0 0 Evans 1b/dh................ 4 1 1 0 Dana Richards ph.......... 1 0 0 0 Bertucci dh/1b............. 4 0 1 0 Adrienne Repsher 1b........ 1 0 0 0 Collins pr................ 0 1 0 0 Alexis Gary c.............. 2 0 0 1 Chatman rf................. 4 2 2 1 Laura Gutscher rf.......... 2 0 0 0 Webre c.................... 3 0 0 0 Shawn Casey rf............ 1 0 0 0 George lf.................. 1 2 1 1 Lauren Evans dh............ 2 0 1 0 Guidry cf.................. 1 1 1 1 Emily Moller ph........... 0 0 0 0 Pierce ph................. 1 0 0 0 Makeala Compton ph........ 1 0 0 0 Bergeaux cf............... 0 0 0 0 Aida Esquer ss/3b.......... 3 0 1 0 Hebert ss.................. 0 0 0 0 Katherine White pr........ 0 0 0 0 Melissa McCartney 3b....... 1 0 1 0 Brandie Mora ph/ss........ 0 1 0 0 Kim Watkins p.............. 0 0 0 0 Richelle Villescas p...... 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 30 8 10 5 Totals..................... 23 1 3 1

Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Louisiana-Lafayette. 001 304 0 - 8 10 1 Temple.............. 000 001 0 - 1 3 3 -----------------------------------------

E - Webre; Weigle 2; Gutscher. LOB - UL 4; TEMPLE 8. 2B - Gomez; Chatman; George; Evans; Esquer. HBP - Repsher. SH - Guidry. CS - Repsher. Reached on CI - Repsher.

Louisiana-Lafayette IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tankersley W,10-1......... 6.0 2 1 0 3 10 0 0 1 0 19 24 5 2 Bobbitt ................... 1.0 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 6 0 1

Temple IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kim Watkins L,11-2........ 3.0 5 4 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 13 15 2 5 Richelle Villescas ........ 4.0 5 4 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 17 18 3 7

WP - Watkins. HB - Tankersley. PB - Gary. CI - Webre.

Strikeouts - Bryant; Evans; Bertucci; Webre; Undercuffler 2; Rohn 2; Grace 2; Richards; Repsher; Gutscher; Casey; Evans; Compton. Walks - George 2; Rohn 2; Gary; Mora 2.

Umpires - HP: Chad Stears 1B: Doug Zimmerman 3B: Linda Hoover Start: 5:00 Time: 2:15 Attendance: 150

Game notes: ID-263181 Watkins faced 3 batters in the 4th.

Game 8 - Arizona 4, UL 0 (See front page)

Game 7 - Oklahoma 8, Northwestern 0

Oklahoma pitcher Kami Keiter (19-12) turned to her offensive skills to help the Sooners (42-19-1) romp past Northwestern (33-19) Saturday afternoon and put OU in the semifinals of the NCAA Region 1 Softball Championships on Arizona's Hillenbrand Stadium field.

Christina Enea led off the Sooner second with a single to right field, and moved up on a sac bunt by Jamie Fox. Mariee Mena drew a walk. Both runners moved up on a ground ball to first by by pitcher Kami Keiter, and April Valdez picked up an RBI with an infield single to second base.

Northwestern had a chance at a tying run in the top of the fourth, when Eryn Manahan walked, was sacrificed to second by Jamie Dotson, but was thrown out at the plate by leftfielder Jessica Leslie trying to score on J.C. Kira's single.

Keiter helped her cause with a two-out solo home run, her first of the year, in the bottom of the fourth, to make it 2-0.

The Sooners rallied again in the fifth when Kristin Vesely tripled down the right field line and scored on a single by Heather Scaglione. Jessica Leslie followed with a single, and Enea drew a walk to load the bases. A passed ball brought in a second run, and Jamie Fox re-loaded the bases with another base on balls. Reliever Courtnay Foster struck out Mena, but Keiter came through again with a three-run double to make it 7-0.

OU put up the mercy-rule run in the bottom of the sixth. Norrelle Dickson was hit by a pitch, NU's centerfielder dropped a line drive and Spaglione ended the game with an RBI single.

Eileen Canney (19-4) took the loss for the Wildcats, who will play South Carolina at 7 p.m. PDT in an elimination game.

Oklahoma Head Coach Patty Gasso - "It was just an absolute complete performance. They were ready to compete from top to bottom and from start to finish. We played together the whole game."

"Yeah, they are ready. I've never seen them more prepared and excited."

Pitcher Kami Keiter - "It's been all about my confidence. Being up to bat, seeing it, and hitting it has helped."

"I don't look too much ahead. I just take it game by game. I know that my team is behind me. They'll be there to help me. I go all out every game. I'm not going to hold anything back."

Catcher Heather Scaglione - "We all got fired up because of Kami (Keiter). She pitched faster after she got the hit. It gets the rest of excited, too."

Northwestern Head Coach Kate Drohan - "I don't think we played very good softball today. We had a couple of changes to shift the momentum , but we didn't do that. Hopefully, the girls will come back stronger tonight."

Outfielder Erin Mobley - "Prior to this game, we've been playing really well. We have the opportunity to play well tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. There's no way we shouldn't be able to do this."

BOX SCORE

                                 2004 NCAA Region 1 Softball
                            Northwestern vs Oklahoma Sooners
                      May 21, 2004 at Tucson, Ariz. (Hillenbrand)

Northwestern 0 (33-19) Oklahoma Sooners 8 (42-19-1)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Leto 2b.................... 3 0 1 0 Dickson 3b................. 3 1 1 0 Mobley rf.................. 3 0 2 0 Vesely cf.................. 4 1 3 0 Cooper 1b/dh............... 3 0 1 0 Scaglione c................ 4 0 2 2 Amegin 3b.................. 3 0 0 0 Spaulding pr.............. 0 1 0 0 Manahan ss................. 2 0 1 0 Leslie lf.................. 3 1 1 0 Dotson dh/1b............... 2 0 1 0 Enea 1b.................... 2 2 1 0 Crane pr.................. 0 0 0 0 Fox rf..................... 1 1 0 0 Kira c..................... 3 0 1 0 Mena dh.................... 2 0 0 0 Miller lf.................. 2 0 0 0 Keiter p................... 3 1 2 4 Logan cf................... 2 0 0 0 Holt pr................... 0 0 0 0 Canney p................... 0 0 0 0 Valdez 2b.................. 3 0 1 1 Foster p.................. 0 0 0 0 Overton ss................. 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 23 0 7 0 Totals..................... 25 8 11 7

Score by Innings R H E --------------------------------------- Northwestern........ 000 000 - 0 7 1 Oklahoma Sooners.... 010 151 - 8 11 0 ---------------------------------------

Note: None out, 2 runners LOB when the game ended.

E - Logan. LOB - NU 7; OU 7. 2B - Keiter. 3B - Vesely. HR - Keiter. HBP - Dickson. SH - Dotson; Fox.

Northwestern IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Canney L,18-4............. 4.1 9 5 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 20 22 1 7 Foster .................... 0.2 2 3 2 2 2 0 0 1 0 5 8 0 0

Oklahoma Sooners IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Keiter W,19-12............ 6.0 7 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 23 25 10 3

HB - Foster. PB - Kira.

Strikeouts - Leto; Amegin; Miller; Logan; Scaglione 2; Leslie; Fox; Mena; Valdez. Walks - Manahan; Enea; Fox; Mena.

Umpires - HP: Linda Hoover 1B: Chad Stears 3B: Doug Zimmerman Start: 11:50 Time: 1:46 Attendance: 457

Game notes: ID-262923 Foster faced 3 batters in the 6th.

Game 6 - South Carolina 8, Centenary 3

South Carolina leftfielder McKenna Hughes and third baseman Samantha Jennings helped spark a 13-hit attack to lead the Gamecocks to an 8-2 victory over Centenary in second-round action at the NCAA Region 1 Softball Championships on the University of Arizona campus.

The game was marred by seven errors -- three for USC and four for Centenary.

USC stays alive in the loser's bracket and will play a 7 p.m. elimination game tonight for the chance to make the final four in the region. The CC Ladies were eliminated.

Hughes hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning to stake South Carolina to a 1-0 lead.

Jordan Lansdale got Centenary's first hit off USC pitcher Melanie Henkes with two outs in the third. After a fielding error moved her to third, she scored during a rundown when Lauren Koehn was caught in a rundown attempting to steal.

South Carolina batted around in the fourth and scored six runs, four unearned, aided by three CC errors. Hughes had a two-run single.

With one out in the fifth, Traci Smith, pinch-hitter Lindsey Jones and Lansdale hit successive singles for CC, and Koehn picked up an RBI with a groundout to cut the lead to 7-2. With two runners in scoring position, Henkes struck out Janis Kelley for the third out.

The Gamecocks picked up another run in the top of the seventh with an RBI single by Samantha Jennings, her third hit of the day.

Centenary scored in the bottom of the frame with a hit by Traci Smith. Lindsey Virdell singled to third and the throw sailed down the right field line, allowing Smith to score -- but Virdell was thrown out at the plate trying to take three extra bases on the error.

South Carolina Coach Joyce Compton - "I thought we came out and did a better job swinging our bats. Melanie (Henkes) threw a great game. She did a super job and kept us in it. We could do this or do what we did yesterday on any given day."

Pitcher Melanie Henkes - "Pitching in the bullpen and at batting practice got me back into things. Everything just falls back into place. It felt good to be out there."

Centenary Head Coach Mark Montgomery - We made a few errors that were costly. We lost both of our third basement at our conference tournament, so that hurt us. We had to ask someone to come in and play a position they weren't used to. They did an admirable job, especially on this hard ground. It's not like we play on this field everyday. I don't think there was an emotional letdown at all."

Outfielder Traci Smith - "I just wish this could have happened during my freshman year when this started. I am glad that I could be here for the beginning of what this program is going to see in the future."

BOX SCORE

2004 NCAA Region 1 Softball South Carolina vs Centenary May 21, 2004 at Tucson, Ariz. (Hillenbrand Stadium)

South Carolina 8 (28-23) Centenary 3 (36-28)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Crane, N. cf............... 4 1 1 0 Lansdale 2b................ 4 1 2 0 Cornett, M. 1b............. 4 0 2 0 Koehn lf................... 4 0 1 1 Hughes, M. lf.............. 4 1 2 3 Kelley dh/p................ 4 0 0 0 Smith, A. c................ 3 1 1 0 Hall rf/3b................. 3 0 1 0 Norem, D. pr.............. 0 0 0 0 Schoppe pr................ 0 0 0 0 Schoonmaker 2b............. 3 2 2 0 Maroski 1b................. 3 0 1 0 Curtis, A. ss.............. 3 1 1 1 Davis pr.................. 0 0 0 0 Jennings, S. 3b............ 4 1 3 2 Bossier 3b................. 1 0 0 0 Johnson, S. dh............. 3 0 0 0 Harwick rf................ 2 0 0 0 Rogers, T. ph............. 1 0 0 0 Kowaleski c................ 2 0 0 0 Johnson, A. rf............. 4 1 1 0 Rhodes ph................. 1 0 0 0 Henkes, M. p............... 0 0 0 0 Smith cf................... 3 2 2 0 Virdell ss................. 2 0 1 0 Jones ph.................. 1 0 1 0 Daries p................... 0 0 0 0 Byrne p................... 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 33 8 13 6 Totals..................... 30 3 9 1

Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- South Carolina...... 100 600 1 - 8 13 3 Centenary........... 001 010 1 - 3 9 4 -----------------------------------------

E - Cornett, M.; Jennings, S. 2; Koehn; Hall; Bossier; Daries. DP - SC 1; CC 1. LOB - SC 7; CC 6. 2B - Cornett, M.. HR - Hughes, M.. HBP - Smith, A.. SH - Schoonmaker. CS - Koehn.

South Carolina IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Henkes, M. W,9-7.......... 7.0 9 3 1 0 8 1 0 0 0 30 30 3 8

Centenary IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Daries L,25-16............ 5.0 8 7 2 1 5 2 0 1 0 24 27 8 2 Byrne ..................... 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 Kelley .................... 1.0 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 1 2

WP - Henkes, M.; Daries 2; Byrne. HB - Daries.

Strikeouts - Cornett, M.; Johnson, S. 3; Johnson, A.; Koehn; Kelley 3; Hall; Bossier; Harwick; Virdell. Walks - Curtis, A..

Umpires - HP: Hix 1B: Lauderback 3B: Maddox Start: 9 a.m. Time: 2:10 Attendance: 110

Game notes: ID-262992 Game: USC-CC

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