WELLESLEY, Mass. — St. Joseph’s was eliminated Saturday from the NCAA Division III softball tournament, getting shut out 6-0 by Wellesley after losing 5-2 to Bridgewater State in nine innings earlier in the day.

Bridgewater State (31-12) secured a spot in the regional final when it scored three ninth-inning runs to beat the Monks (34-6) in a winners’ bracket game. St. Joseph’s was held scoreless after taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Lindsay Moore and an RBI single by Theresa Hendrix.

The Monks were to five hits — two by Carla Tripp — in their elimination game against Wellesley (29-10), which broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning.


NESCAC TOURNAMENT: Tufts (32-6) took advantage of two hit batters with the bases loaded and a run-scoring error during a five-run third inning on the way to a 7-1 win over Bates (21-16) in an elimination game at Medford, Massachusetts.

Bates got its run in the bottom of the fourth when Griff Tewksbury led off with a walk, moved to third on an error and scored on a double play.

Samuel Warren struck out six and walked three while not allowing a hit over four scoreless innings of relief for the Bobcats.

Earlier in the day, Bates stayed alive with 4-2 victory over Amherst (28-9). Rockwell Jackson and Ryan McCarthy scored the tying and go-ahead runs on a pair of throwing errors as the Bobcats (20-16) rallied for three runs in the top of the eighth.

Dean Bonneau earned the win in relief for the Bobcats, giving up just one hit and recording three strikeouts and one walk in 32/3 scoreless innings. Kevin Davis hit an RBI single in the sixth and an RBI double to cap the eighth-inning rally.


COLBY 16, PLYMOUTH STATE 5: Sarah Lux, Katie Griffin and Alex Mintz combined for nine goals and five assists to help the Mules (10-6) beat Plymouth State (12-5) in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament at Waterville.

It was the 200th career win for Colby Coach Karen MacCrate Henning (200-53 overall, 97-32 at Colby). The Mules advance to play Williams on Saturday at Cortland, New York.

On a day when NESCAC Player of the Year Katharine Eddy was held to one point and leading goal scorer Lindsey McKenna was out with an injury, Griffin came through with four goals, Lux added three goals and three assists, and Mintz had two goals and two assists. Kirsten Karis forced four turnovers and picked up five ground balls.