DUBOIS, Pa. – The No. 4 NHTI Lynx could not hold off top-seeded Cleary University, falling 5-4 in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s Small College Softball World Series Tuesday afternoon.
Tori Lemay (Manchester) struggled to find an out in the bottom of the seventh walking a pair and giving up two singles. Unfortunately, both the tying run and winning run came off of passed balls. The first came when Lemay was trying to work out of a bases-loaded situation against Cleary’s Kaitlin Dormire, who already hit a pair of home runs earlier, one in the fourth inning and one in the sixth. Lemay finished pitching 6.1 innings giving up 11 hits while striking out seven and walking a pair.
For the second day in a row, the Lynx battled back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead with a big fifth inning. Kabrina Roy (Merrimack) started the inning off with a triple to right field. After a Lemay single, Masha Lange (Plaistow) continued her hot streak at the plate with a triple to drive in Roy and Gina Costello (Deering) who pinch ran for Lemay. Danyel McNicholas (Raymond) added another run driving in Lange on a single to center field.
Taylor Gagnon (Goffstown) would tack on the fourth run in the sixth scoring on a passed ball.
The Lynx now head to the loser’s bracket in the double-elimination tournament and will play at noon on Wednesday vs. #7 seeded Mississippi University for Women. If they win at noon, the Lynx will play again at 4 p.m. and possibly again at 6 p.m.
Other Results from the day include: #5 Penn State Brandywine beating #10 Penn State Beaver 15-7 (6 innings), #8 Penn State Schuylkill beat #6 Maine-Presque Isle 5-2, #2 St. Mary of the Woods beat #3 Carlow University 1-0, #7 Mississippi University for Women beat #8 Penn State Schuylkill 6-2, and #5 Penn State Brandywine beat #9 Robert Morris-Springfield 11-3 (6 innings)
The game schedule for tomorrow is as follows:
10 a.m.: (Game 13): #3 Carlow University vs. #5 PSU Brandywine (Loser’s Bracket Semifinal)
12 p.m.: (Game 14): #4 NHTI vs. #7 Mississippi University for Women (Loser’s Bracket Semifinal)
2 p.m.: (Game 15): #1 Cleary vs. #2 St. Mary of the Woods vs. (Winner’s Bracket Final)
4 p.m.: (Game 16): Winner of Game 13 vs. Winner of Game 14 (Loser’s Bracket Final)
6 p.m.: (Game 17): Winner of Game 16. vs. Loser of Game 15 (3rd place game)
Michael Martineau is entering his fifth year as the student manager with NHTI’s softball team in 2018. As student manager, he assists with equipment needs during practice and games. He was awarded the NHTI Freshman Service Award in 2013-2014 school year. He also, student manages the NHTI men’s basketball team under Athletic Director/Head Coach Paul Hogan. He is also a game management work-study worker along with his duties as Student Assistant Sports Information Director.