Pomeroys end season with seventh place finish at USCAA National Championships

May 14, 2013

The Pomeroy softball team’s dream of winning a national championship came to an end on Tuesday afternoon after suffering its second defeat to the hands of #7 seed Ave Maria (10-9) at the USCAA National Softball Championships in Akron, Ohio.  The Pomeroys would finish in seventh place after winning its second game over #9 seed Penn State Beaver 11-1.  

Ave Maria 10 SMWC 9 

In its first game of the day, the Pomeroys found themselves down 9-0 early after the first two innings against #7 seed Ave Maria in the consolation bracket of the tournament.  The Gyrenes used five hits and took advantage of four Pomeroy errors in those first two innings.  Sarah Vinci had an RBI double in the first inning for Ave Maria, then drove in two more with a double in the second inning.

The Pomeroys battled back starting in the fourth inning.  A walk and a hit batsmen eventually scored on RBI singles by Kimberly Strattman and Shelby Barnett to make it 9-3 after four innings. SMWC struck again in the sixth inning, rallying for six more runs.  Two RBI singles opened up the inning, followed by a Melinda Bauer RBI double to make it 9-6.  Melana Minning then crushed a three-run homer to tie the game at 9-9 with one out in the inning.  Ave Maria escaped a bases loaded jam to set up the seventh.

With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Kingsley Avery of Ave Maria singled, stole second base and scored on an RBI single from Caitlin Constance.  The Pomeroys were unable to add another run in the bottom of the inning and ended the game in defeat. 

The loss moves SMWC into the seventh place game against #9 seed Penn State Beaver at 4 p.m. 

SMWC 11 Penn State Beaver 1

After losing its last game in a heartbreaker, the Pomeroys were eager to come out strong in their last game of the season against #9 seed Penn State Beaver.  SMWC would place 11 runs across the plate in dominating fashion in an 11-1 victory in five innings.  The game was highlighted by Kelsey Roselli’s first home run of her career.  She also had a single and a double, placing her only a triple away from the hitting the cycle. 

The win ended the season for the Pomeroys with a seventh place finish and a final record of 18-17.