Pomeroys runners-up at USCAA National Championships
May 14, 2014
Akron, Ohio – In the winner’s bracket of the USCAA Softball National Championships today, the top seed Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College women’s softball team shut out No. 5 seed Briarcliffe College (N.Y.) 7-0, but fell to defending champion and No. 2 seed Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 2-0 for a chance to advance to the championship game of the double elimination tournament. Unfortunately, due to inclement weather conditions in Akron tonight and predicted tomorrow, the USCAA officially announced the end of tournament play. With the loss to Lindenwood-Belleville, the Pomeroys were named national runners-up for the fourth time in the past five years.
#1 SMWC 7 #5 Briarcliffe 0
Brooke Jordan continued to dominate from the circle in her second game as the starting pitcher for the Pomeroys. After coming off a no-hitter against Penn State-Mont Alto, Jordan would come close to her second consecutive no-hitter. Against the Lady Bulldogs, Jordan threw a one-hitter and set a season and tournament high in strikeouts with 13. Over the past two games, Jordan has pitched 12 innings with a total of 24 strikeouts in 40 batters faced.
With Jordan throwing lights out for the second consecutive game, the Pomeroy offense would take care of the rest. In the bottom of the first, an RBI double by Carly Painter and a RBI single by Shelby Turner gave the Pomeroys an early 2-0 lead. An inning later in the second, Jordan would hit a 2 RBI double to give SMWC a 4-0 lead.
During the sixth inning, play would be suspended on Tuesday night due to lighting and strong thunderstorms in the Akron area. Play would resume at noon on Wednesday in order to complete the game. The Pomeroys would continue were they left off offensively and were able to tack on three more runs in the bottom of the sixth for the 7-0 victory.
With the win, the Pomeroys improve its overall record to 26-16. Briarcliffe would drop to 16-15. SMWC would play immediately following its victory over Briarcliffe against No. 2 seed Lindenwood-Belleville in the winner’s bracket final.
#2 Lindenwood-Belleville 2 #1 SMWC 0
In a battle of two of the top teams in the USCAA, as no surprise, the game would be a close one throughout. The Pomeroys and Lady Lynx met four times during the regular season with the Pomeroys winning three of those games. Two of those games went extra innings. In today’s winner’s bracket final, it was the Lady Lynx who were able to hold on and claim a 2-0 victory and advance to the USCAA championship game.
The Lady Lynx would be the first team to score a run against the Pomeroys in tournament play. After a three quick outs for the Pomeroys in the first inning, the Lady Lynx would respond in the bottom of the frame. Lindenwood-Belleville’s Kaylin Stewart would score from third off a Mikayla Conlin RBI groundout to first base to give the defending champions a 1-0 lead.
The Pomeroys would struggle to generate base runners over the next two innings. However, in the fourth, SMWC would have its best chance to tie the game. After Sarah Burnham and Jordan hit one-out singles, the Pomeroys would threaten. Unfortunately the next two batters for the Pomeroys would groundout, ending the threat.
The Lady Lynx would tack on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Lindenwood-Belleville’s Taylor Winn hit a two-out RBI double to give the No. 2 seed a 2-0 lead.
The Pomeroys would threaten once again in the top of the seventh inning. Jordan would lead off with a single, followed by a Kirby Schuble lineout, advancing Jordan to second on a throwing error by the Lady Lynx. Turner would hit a one-out single, advancing Jordan to third in the next at-bat. Unfortunately, the next two Pomeroy batters would strikeout to end the game.
With the loss and decision to conclude the tournament due to weather conditions, the Pomeroys conclude the 2014 regular season. They finish with a record of 26-17 while Lindenwood-Belleville ends with a 34-23-1 record. The Pomeroys had many accomplishments to be proud of this season. They were ranked No. 1 in the USCAA Coaches Poll throughout the regular season. They also earned a No. 1 ranking in the national tournament to go along with having four players named to the USCAA All-American Team.