IUP softball makes 1st World Series
Scoring in two of 14 innings usually isn't a recipe for success, but the Indiana (Pa.) softball team made it work.
Freshman third baseman Mary Ward's two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning Saturday earned IUP a 2-1 win over Bloomsburg at Podbielski Field — and a spot in its first Division II College World Series.
Following a Raquel Rugani single, Ward hit a 1-0 pitch over the center-field fence to give her team the lead. IUP pitcher Erin Holloway allowed one run and struck out four in a complete game. She set down Bloomsburg in order in the seventh for her 27th win of the season and 11th of the postseason, clinching the best-of-three series.
IUP scored all of its runs in the seventh inning to rally to a 3-2 victory in its first meeting with Bloomsburg on Friday night.
The Crimson Hawks (38-6) open World Series play against North Georgia, the Southeast Super Regional winner, on Thursday in Salem, Va.
• Millersville 5, Seton Hill 3 — No. 1 seed Millersville used a three-run sixth inning to eliminate the third-seeded Griffins from the Division II Atlantic Region tournament.
Seton Hill scored all three of its runs in the first two innings behind two RBI by Nate Defilippi. Pitcher Brian Warheit allowed five runs and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings. Seton Hill (33-15) ended the season on a five-game losing streak.