D-III college softball
Gravdahl's homer helps Salisbury stay alive in Series
Salisbury senior catcher Michelle Gravdahl (Long Reach) hit her 11th home run of the season in an elimination game in the NCAA Division III softball championship against Anderson (Ind.) University to eliminate the Ravens and stay alive in the World Series with a 2-0 win in Eau Claire, Wis. Gravdahl's homer to left with one out in the bottom of the first inning put Salisbury ahead, and the Sea Gulls added a run in the fifth. "It was a great way to start us off," Gravdahl said. "You hope to push people forward and get them a little hyped from it, so it was a good start." Sophomore Rachel Johnson earned the victory with relief help from junior Kathryn Larson. The Sea Gulls will take on the winner of Tufts-Montclair State today at 3:30 p.m.
Salisbury eliminated from regional on hit in 9th inning
Isaac Glenn lined a pitch from Kyle Hamby with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to the left-center-field gap to score Blake Littlejohn from second as third-seeded Millsaps nipped second-seeded Salisbury, 7-6, in the NCAA Division III South Regional championship game in Millington, Tenn. The Majors (38-12), who defeated the Sea Gulls (33-6) twice in three days in the regional, advance to the College World Series in Grand Chute, Wis., beginning Friday. Trailing, 6-5, entering the ninth inning, the Sea Gulls tied the game at 6 when Quinn Griffith's sinking line drive fell William Chenoweth to score Kyle Hayman, who started the inning with a single. Hayman stole second on the first pitch to Nick Gentry and moved to third on his sacrifice bunt. Hamby walked both pinch hitter Annon Etheridge and Littlejohn to begin the bottom of the ninth. Hamby got pinch runner Will Elmore out at third on a sacrifice bunt attempt and struck out Samuel Doucet before Glenn won it for the Majors.
More Division III: Waynesburg (22-18) scored four runs over the first five innings en route to a 5-2 victory over host McDaniel in the championship game of the Eastern College Athletic Conference South tournament. Marty Windisch (Manchester Valley) led the second-seeded Green Terror (22-16) with three hits and an RBI.
Division I: Maryland (30-25, 11-19 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame a four-run deficit entering the bottom of the eighth inning and earned a 5-4 win against Boston College (12-40, 4-25). The winning run scored in the 10th when Blake Schmit squeezed home Jordan Hagel. On Friday night, Maryland beat the Eagles, 4-1, as Kevin Mooney (North Harford) earned his ninth save of the season, the second-highest single-season total in school history and the third-highest total in the ACC. ... Ali Simpson and PJ Biocic combined to limit Coppin State to four hits, leading Bethune-Cookman to a season-ending 4-1 victory over the Eagles in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament in Norfolk, Va. Coppin ended its season with an 18-33 overall record, which marked its most victories in a season since the 2005 team won 21 games. ... Faced with a must-win situation, senior left-hander Kevin Ferguson pitched a six-hitter to lead Northeastern (28-24, 12-15) to a 6-3 Colonial Athletic Association victory over host Towson (25-28, 14-13) in the final game of the regular season. The victory enabled the Huskies to earn a berth in the CAA tournament this week at James Madison and kept Northeastern from being swept by the Tigers, who won the first two games of the series, 14-1 and 7-6. The Tigers are the fourth seed and will play Northeastern at noon Wednesday. ... Visiting Mount St. Mary's (11-36, 6-25 Northeast Conference) scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to earn a 3-2 win over Central Connecticut State (27-25, 15-16) in the first game of a doubleheader. The Blue Devils took the nightcap by the score of 3-0. Vincent Molesky ... With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, freshman Jesse Smith beat out an infield single to allow Mark Esposito to score from third and sophomore Anthony Gatto drove a two-RBI single to right-center as UMBC (18-30, 9-21 America East) rallied for a 6-5 win over Maine (34-20, 20-9). The Black Bears, who clinched the America East regular-season title last weekend, advance to next week's conference tournament in Lowell, Mass.; UMBC's season is over.
—From Sun staff and news services