CMS finished 1-2 at the Texas-Tyler Regional of the NCAA Division III Softball Championships. The Athenas, ranked 15th in the nation, lost to #13 Louisiana College 8-3, beat #3 East Texas Baptist University 6-1 and lost to #12 Redlands 6-1. Recaps of the three games are below courtesy of the UT-Tyler Sports Information Office. Each game recap also has a link to the postgame press conference with CMS and to the boxscore. At the conclusion of the tournament, two Athena players, Michelle Harvey and Harmony Palmer were named to the All-Tournament team.
No. 13 Louisiana College 8, No. 15 CMS 3
Rene Schwartzenburg tossed a 13-strikeout performance and Stephanie Jaeger went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead No. 13 Louisiana College past No. 15 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 8-3, in the first round of the NCAA Softball Championships at the Tyler Regional.
Five different players knocked at least two base hits for the Lady Wildcats (29-10), who will face host team Texas-Tyler at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Schwartzenburg gave up only two earned runs en route to the complete-game victory and improved her record to 17-4 for the season.
A freshman second baseman, Jaeger led the offensive attack for the Lady Wildcats. She continues to be productive at the UT Tyler Ballpark where she is 8-of-12 with eight RBIs this season.
Kaylee Guidry went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Lady Wildcats, while Devan Greene, Amber Thomas and Chelsey Allen also added two base hits apiece for Louisiana College.
The Athenas managed only five hits against Louisiana College, three of which came off the bat of leadoff hitter Michelle Harvey. CMS third baseman Harmony Palmer went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, while Amanda Banducci also knocked a base hit and an RBI.
The Lady Wildcats wasted little time taking control of the game as they used four consecutive base hits in the top of the first inning to stake an early 2-0 lead. Guidry knocked home the game's first run with an RBI single that scored Thomas. One batter later, Greene's base hit up the middle scored Emily Douglas.
Louisiana College stretched their lead from 3-1 to 6-1 in the top of the fourth. Jaeger's two-RBI triple in the top of the fifth increased the Wildcat lead to 8-1.
The Wildcats chased CMS starting pitcher Rebecca Galarte by knocking base hits off her in 2 1/3 innings. The Athenas' most successful pitcher in the opener was reliever Emma Friedenberg, who pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings.
CMS (34-11) moved into a loser's bracket game that concluded Friday's action.
No. 15 CMS 6, No. 3 East Texas Baptist 1
The No. 15 Athenas of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps ended defending champion East Texas Baptist's season by defeating the Lady Tigers 6-1 in an elimination game Friday at the first day of the 2011 NCAA Softball Championships at the Tyler Regional.
CMS starting pitcher Rebecca Gularte (15-6) started her second game for the Athenas in Friday's nightcap and pitched a gem, scattering eight hits and giving up only one run en route to the complete-game victory.
Her teammates gave her plenty of support in the early innings as CMS jumped out to 5-0 lead after three innings. Harmony Palmer, the Athenas' left-handed third baseman, put her team on the board in the top of the first inning with an RBI double to left-center to score leadoff hitter Michelle Harvey.
Three batters later, Palmer crossed home plate and stretched the Athena lead to 2-0 on Olivia Jacobs' RBI single.
Leadoff hitter Harvey went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Palmer and Amanda Banducci knocked two base hits apiece for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
The Athenas held East Texas Baptist scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning. Kristin Wersterfer knocked home the Lady Tigers' only run with two outs in the inning with a single up the middle to score Alyssa Romero.
Wersterfer and Brooke Martin collected to base hits apiece for the Lady Tigers.
After entering the regional tournament with a record of 14-1, Shelby Parker absorbed her second loss of the day for the Lady Tigers after giving up four runs over 1 1/3 innings. Ashton Brey entered the circle in relief and gave up only one earned run while striking out four batters in 5 2/3 innings.
East Texas Baptist ended its season with a record of 36-9. They dropped the opening game of the tournament 5-2 to Mississippi College in eight innings.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps improved to 35-11 with the win. Their next opponent Saturday has yet to be determined, as the tournament format after six games will depend on the winner of the Mississippi College-Redlands game set to start at 10 a.m.
No. 12 Redlands 4, No. 15 CMS 3
Aleisha Martinez was a hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh and was credited with the game-winning RBI as Redlands defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 4-3 in an elimination game at the NCAA Division III Softball Championships Saturday.
Redlands (36-10), which won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament to qualify for the Tyler regional, won their second game of the day in eliminating its conference rival.
The victorious Bulldogs held a 3-2 lead after six innings of play, only to lose their advantage when Gizelle Pera tied the game for CMS with a two-out home run to deep centerfield.
Gabrielle Sciuto picked up the win in relief for Redlands, giving up one run while striking out three batters in two innings of work to improve her season record to 12-5. Sciuto was officially listed as the Bulldogs' starting pitcher, but was replaced by Kayla Uphold before re-entering the game in the sixth inning.
Uphold struck out five batters over five innings while giving up only one earned run and scattering six hits. She also led the Bulldogs at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, including the game-winner.
Kristen Milliner and Molly Duran both knocked RBIs for Redlands.
Rebecca Gularte (15-7) absorbed the loss for the Athenas. She started and pitched the first three innings for CMS and then re-entered the game to pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning. For the game, she struck out four batters and gave up only two earned runs.
Pera, Amanda Banducci and Megan Morris all collected two base hits for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (35-12). Pera and Morris accounted for the team's two runs batted in.