UNION, N.J. – Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Softball Tournament Champion Endicott picked up a win over Staten Island on day two of the NCAA Division III Softball Union Regional on Saturday (May 11), but was eliminated later in the day with a loss to No. 13 Kean.
The Gulls were one game away from elimination heading into day two of the regional tournament after dropping the opener, 2-0, to the host Cougars on Friday. They were able to stay alive on Saturday, defeating Staten Island, 3-2, in an elimination game, but lost the rematch against Kean, 8-2, ending their NCAA postseason journey.
Game recaps courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
Endicott 3, Staten Island 2
UNION, N.J. – The Endicott softball team defeated Staten Island, 3-2, on the second day of the NCAA Tournament Union Regional, hosted by Kean University, at Cougar Field on Saturday afternoon.
Gulls' starter Michaela Hamill (Lynn, Mass.) earned the win (10-2) behind a 6 1/3 innings of work that included 11 hits, two runs (both earned), one walk, and a pair of strikeouts. Meanwhile, Maggie Oram (Lexington, Mass.) locked down the final two outs of the game (one strikeout) to record her fourth save of the season.
On the other end, Jaclyn Kateridge (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) received the loss (7-12) via six innings, seven hits, three runs (all earned), one free pass, and two punchouts.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Adrianna Favreau (Tewksbury, Mass.) evened up the score with one swing of the bat for the Gulls when she belted a solo home run to center field for her sixth round-tripper of the season.
Hayley Arduini (Southington, Conn.) followed with a solo shot of her own in the second – her fifth of the spring – to make it 2-1 before Lauren Misiaszek (Londonderry, N.H.) added to Endicott's lead with an RBI double in the third.
From there, Hamill blanked Staten Island until the top of the seventh inning when the Dolphins threatened to rally with the bases loaded and one out in the frame. After Oram came in, Staten Island scratched home a run with a sacrifice fly to left field in foul territory, but Oram responded with a strikeout swinging to end the contest and keep Endicott's season alive.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Today's game was the first-ever meeting between Endicott and Staten Island.
- Endicott's 3-4-5 hitters went 5-for-9 with three runs scored and three RBI.
- Favreau (three-hole hitter) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI, while Misaszek (cleanup hitter) was 2-for-3 with one RBI, and Arduini (five-hole hitter) had a 1-for-3, one run scored, one RBI performance.
- Favreau notched her 13th multi-hit game, while Misiaszek notched her team-leading 17th multi-hit game.
- The Gulls improved to 8-4 overall on the season when the opponent scores first in a contest.
- Conversely, Endicott is 25-2 this spring when scoring first.
No. 13 Kean 8, Endicott 2
UNION, N.J. — The Endicott softball team saw its 2019 NCAA Tournament run come to an end on Saturday night at Cougar Field via an 8-2 loss to Union Regional host Kean University.
With the win, the No. 13 nationally ranked Cougars (39-7) will play No. 11 Christopher Newport tomorrow at 12 PM. Kean will need to defeat the Captains (2-0) twice in order to advance to Super Regionals.
The if-necessary game in this weekend's double-elimination tournament is scheduled for tomorrow at 2:30 PM.
Meanwhile, Endicott closed out its 2019 season at 33-7 overall. The Gulls' 33-win campaign marks the 10th time that Endicott has produced 30 or more victories in a single-season in program history.
As for today's game, Kean starter Kaitlin Stahlbrand (Robbinsville, N.J.) picked up the win (5-1) on four innings pitched, six hits, two runs (both earned), one walk, and a strikeout. Jacqueline Riley (South Amboy, N.J.) was credited with her second save of the season behind three shutout innings out of the pen (2 H, 0 BB, 1 K).
Endicott starter Maggie Oram (Lexington, Mass.) received the loss (15-3) via 5 1/3 innings, 11 hits, eight runs (five earned), three free passes, and four punchouts. Senior Laura Somerville (Suffield, Conn.) finished off the final 1 2/3 innings for the Gulls allowing just one hit and a walk alongside one strikeout.
As they did in their first meeting against Endicott in this weekend's NCAA Tournament, the Cougars scored first — this time with a pair of runs in the first inning.
Kean also tacked on two more runs in the third before Endicott freshman shortstop Lauren Misiaszek (Londonderry, N.H.) cut the deficit in half with a two-run double in the bottom of the inning.
However, the Cougars responded in the sixth with a four-run frame to put the game away.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Earlier today, the Gulls defeated Staten Island, 3-2, to stay alive in the postseason and register its first NCAA Tournament victory since 2014.
- Senior Gina DeMilt (Princeton, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with a run scored out of the leadoff spot. It marks her 17th multi-hit game this season (tied for the team lead).
- Adrianna Favreau (Tewksbury, Mass.) was 2-for-4 in the three-hole for the Gulls. Favreau now has 13th multi-hit games this season.
- Misiaszek's two-RBI night marks her 11th multi-RBI game this spring (second most on the squad).
- Senior Olivia Odermatt (Cheshire, Conn.) went 1-for-2 with a run scored. She ended her career on an eight-game on-base streak.
- Overall in the playoffs, counting the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament (5-3 overall), Odermatt posted a .500/.550/.833 slash line to go along with five runs scored, nine hits, three doubles, one home run, and five RBI.
- Misiaszek was just as influential to the Gulls' 2019 postseason run as the freshman put together a .480/.480/.720 slash with four runs, 12 hits, six doubles and eight RBI.
- Other top performers in the postseason included Favreau (.435/.500/.913, 7 R, 10 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI), DeMilt (.346/.346/.423, 8 R, 9 H, 1 3B, 3 RBI), Peyton Atkins (Goshen, N.Y.), and seniors Hayley Arduini (Southington, Conn.) and Jamie Hopgood (Warwick, R.I.).
- Atkins hit .333/.391/.429 (3 R, 7 H, 2 2B), while Arduini had a .304/.360/.913 slash to go along with five runs, seven hits, two doubles, a team-high four home runs and eight RBI (tied for team-high with Misiaszek).
- Hopgood compiled seven RBI, five runs, five hits, three doubles and a home run during the Gulls' playoff run. Hopgood's two-run shot against Roger Williams in the Gulls' first game of the CCC Tournament on May 3 sparked Endicott offensively in that contest and throughout the rest of the weekend.
- Pitching-wise in the postseason, Michaela Hamill (Lynn, Mass.) notched a 2-0 record and a 1.29 earned run average on 16 1/3 innings pitched (21 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K).
- Meanwhile, Oram was 3-2 in the postseason (one save) behind a 1.93 ERA in 29 innings (26 H, 11 R, 8 ER, 7 BB, 26 K).
2019 NCAA DIVISION III SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
NCAA Regional Day 1 - Friday, May 10
(Hosted by Kean – Union, N.J.)
NCAA Regional Day 2 - Saturday, May 11
(Hosted by Kean – Union, N.J.)
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.