Maverick Maniac's Musings

March 30, 2009

D2 Softball – 3/31

Filed under: College Sports,D2,Softball — Jon Green @ 11:46 pm

3/30 Review

Atlantic Region

(#1) Lock Haven @ (#3) California (Pa.) – PSAC GOTW & GOTD – Lock Haven wins 1-0 (8), 3-0

This lived up to it’s billing as the game of the day.  7 scoreless innings between the teams before Lock Haven scored in the top of the 8th on a wild pitch.  California (Pa.) loses their first two conference games of the year.

Shippensburg @ (#2) Kutztown – Kutztown wins 4-1, 9-1.

Kutztown continues their hot play, now winners of 20 of 21, and now has a 3 game lead on Shippensburg. The first game was tied 1-1 heading to the bottom of the 7th, but Kutztown’s Ashley Fitzferald hit a 3-run walkoff homerun to win the game.

East Region

(#3) C.W. Post @ (#4) Queens (N.Y.) – ECC GOTW – Queens wins 4-3, loses 11-2

Queens won game one in dramatic fashion.  Down 3-2 entering the bottom of the 7th, Queens used 2 HRs, one from Katie Miracco and a walk-off shot from Christina Colon, to win the game 4-3.  C.W. Post responded nicely though in the second game, winning 11-2 to get the split.

Midwest Region

(#6) Grand Valley State @ (#1) Ferris State – GLIAC GOTW – Ferris State wins 3-2, 6-1

The first game lived up to all the billing. Ferris took the lead in the 1st, but was tied in the 4th.  The pitchers took over after that and the game was 1-1 going to the 10th. Starting in the 10th inning, each team starts the inning with a runner at 2nd base. Grand Valley scored in the top of the 10th, and Ferris tied it with 2 outs in the 10th.  In the 11th Ferris won it on a double by Rachel Wade.  Great start to GLIAC play for Ferris State.

South Region

(#1) Alabama Huntsville @ (#6) West Alabama – Gulf South Conference (GSC) GOTW – Alabama Huntsville wins 16-4, 4-1.

I forgot to mention this one yesterday. Big game for West Alabama who is behind in the standings, but could move into a tie with Alabama Huntsville with a sweep.  Unfortunately it was not meant to be and Alabama Huntsville showed why they are the #1 team in the region (and #2) nationally with a dominant sweep.

Southeast Region

(#6) Francis Marion @ Columbus State – Francis Marrion wins 2-0, loses 5-6

Game 2 proved quite exciting as Columbus State broke open a 3-3 game in the bottom of the 6th with 3 runs.  Then in the top of the 7th Francis Marion came storming back to get within 1, but saw the tieing run thrown out at the plate after a wild throw in from the outfield got the runner at 3rd to go for home.  The split means the teams stay tied in the league standings, but both teams trail 1st place North Georgia by a large margin (3 games).

3/31 Preview

These are the big games around the country tomorrow..

Atlantic Region

(#2) Kutztown @ (#4) West Chester – Game of the Day

Coming off a home sweep of Shippensburg, Kutztown will be challenged at West Chester. This is another intradivision game.  Kutztown would take a strong lead in the division if they can get to 8-0 with a sweep.  Game of the Day here with

(#3) California (Pa.) @ (#8) Gannon

After getting swept by the top team in the region California (Pa.) has no margin for error on the road at Gannon.  Gannon is looking to move up the standings as they entered the week at 4th in the division.

Mansfield @ (#6) Indiana (Pa.)

Indiana (Pa.) started off the conference season 0-2 and are currently looking up at Mansfield.  A sweep here would be a good way to start moving up the standings.

East Region

Bridgeport @ (#5) New York Institute of Technology

Bridgeport started off the conference schedule at 2-0, but will be tested here in a tough matchup with NYIT.

Dowling @ (#10) Adelphi

Dowling also started off 2-0, but they will travel to an Adelphi team that is looking to move up the regional rankings into the playoffs.

(#8) American International @ New Haven

Despite being ranked #8 in the region, American International started off the conference season 1-3.  New Haven is 2-0, so this is a chance for American International to pick up some ground.  A sweep here by New Haven would be a major blow to American International’s Northeast-10 Title chances early on.

South Region

(#9) Saint Leo @ (#3) Florida Southern

A matchup of two teams in the middle of the Sunshine State standings.  Saint Leo is 5-4 and Florida Southern is 6-3.  Saint Leo has a chance here to pick ups ome wins to try ot jump into the top 8.

Southeast Region

(#8) Augusta State @ Queens (N.C.)

In a non-conference matchup, Queens (N.C.), the top team in the Conference Carolinas has a chance to pick up a win over a ranked team from the Peach Belt Conference.  The Conference Carolinas tournament winner will make the postseason, and Queens (N.C.) stands almost no chance of getting an at-large build, but if they are going to keep any hope alive this is a must sweep in my mind.

West Region

Hawaii Hilo @ (#6) Cal State Stanislaus

In a non-conference tilt, Hawaii Hilo, who has a respectable 17-14 record has a chance to pick up some nice wins at Cal State Stanislaus.  Most of the top teams in the region will be facing off this weekend in the Tournament of Champions. Hilo is invited but will only get to face one ranked opponent, so this is a big chance for them on Tuesday.

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