WELLESLEY, Mass. — Lindsay Moore drove in five runs with a homer and two singles as St. Joseph’s College opened the NCAA Division III softball regionals Friday with a 10-0 victory over Western Connecticut State.
Rae-Marie Copan (17-2) allowed just two hits and a walk for the Monks (34-4), who will play Bridgewater State at 11 a.m. Saturday. The winner advances to Sunday’s championship round, while the loser plays an elimination game at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Moore homered in the third inning to give the Monks a 1-0 lead over the Colonials (31-11). Theresa Hendrix added a two-run single during a three-run fifth. Moore’s two-run single in the sixth made it 6-0, and Mariah Harrison and Moore each hit a two-run single in the seventh.
“It’s always nice to get the lead,” said Coach Jamie Smyth. “It settles your team in. I think it’s easier to pitch when you’ve got the lead than when you’re behind. So (Moore’s home run) was a big hit. It got us going and led to more hitting and more offense later.”
WESLEYAN 4, BATES 3: Wesleyan walked off in the bottom of the ninth after scoring the go-ahead run against Bates on a suicide squeeze at the NESCAC championships at Medford, Massachusetts.
Bates (19-20), the East’s No. 2 seed, rallied for a 3-2 lead in the seventh before Wesleyan (24-9), which is top-ranked in the West, made its move.
The Bobcats will face Amherst at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in an elimination game.
Donnie Cimino scored the winning run from third when Will O’Sullivan bunted with the bases loaded.
Bates starter Brad Reynolds struck out three and allowed three runs, one earned, on seven hits.
Reliever Sam Maliska was the loser, giving up one run in one inning.