Terrors win, force playoff College softball

April 29, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Junior Marilyn Naas pitched a one-hitter yesterday to lead Western Maryland to a 3-0 victory over visiting Franklin & Marshall and force a one- game playoff between the clubs that will decide the Middle Atlantic Conference-Southwest softball championship.

It took Naas and the Green Terrors only 47 minutes to force the extra game, which will be played at 5 p.m. today at F&M.

Both teams finished the regular season with 8-2 section records. F&M entered the week 7-0 in the section, but a split with Gettysburg on Tuesday made yesterday's game necessary.

"It was like an NFL team sitting and watching the last Monday night game to see who makes the playoffs," said Western Maryland coach George Dix.

"When we heard the news of the split, it was like we had new life. Now it's in our own hands, and that's how we wanted it all along."

The Diplomats only base runner was Karen Kriza, who hit a roller that died on the infield grass between third and short with one out in the second inning. Naas retired the next 17 batters in order and finished with seven strikeouts.

"The pitching and defense was just excellent today," Dix said. "[Naas] was in total control throughout, and they just couldn't get to her. She finished with seven strikeouts, and they didn't really hit one hard shot off her."

The Green Terrors got all the runs they needed in the first when Jennifer Prowinski hit a liner over the center fielder's head for a triple that scored Jennifer Stewart, who had reached on an error by shortstop Cathy Kopcza.

Two more errors in the second led to the Green Terrors' other two runs.

With one out, Naas got on after third baseman Dina Smith mishandled a grounder. She moved to second on a ground out by Carolyn Kelsey and scored when Kriza threw low to first trying to retire Tineka Ilyes on a grounder to the mound. Wendy Bollinger scored Ilyes with a double to left-center.

"We came out hitting right away and then relied on the defense and Naas the rest of the way," Dix said.

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