Down Four, Athenas Top Southwestern To Stay Alive At Regionals In Elimination Game

Mikayla O'Neal (photo by John Valenzuela)
Mikayla O'Neal (photo by John Valenzuela)

TYLER, Texas – After dropping its first game of the 2013 NCAA Division III Softball Championships 3-0 to East Texas Baptist, CMS earned a 7-5 come-from-behind win over Southwestern (Tex.) in an elimination game of the Texas-Tyler Regional on Friday night. Next up for CMS is the loser of the East Texas Baptist vs. Redlands game in another elimination game that is set for 4 p.m. CST on Saturday.

Release courtesy of Texas-Tyler Sports Information

East Texas Baptist 3, CMS 0
The No. 5 seed East Texas Baptist Tigers defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3-0 in the second game of the 2013 NCAA Tyler Regional. In the win, pitcher Shelby Parker went the distance giving up just one hit and striking out seven Athenas.

Both teams started with stellar pitching, as both Parker and CMS starter Hayley Schultz went three innings giving up one hits and no runs.

ETBU (35-10) broke up the pitcher's duel in the fourth on a Lya Swaner double to right and an error in left by Marie Bradvica, making the score 2-0.

Lacy Liles would add the insurance run in the sixth on a solo homerun to left, extending the lead to 3-0.

ETBU's Kelsey DeCarolis finished the game with two hits, while Liles finished with one RBI and a hit. Megan Latta had the lone hit in the game for the Athenas.

Box score:

CMS 7, Southwestern (Tex.) 5
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas stayed alive in the 2013 Tyler Regional, knocking out Southwestern in the elimination game 7-5.  In the win, freshman third baseman Mikayla O'Neal went 3-for-4 with two RBI to help fuel CMS to the win.

Southwestern got the scoring started in the fourth inning, with Caroline Young starting things off with a RBI single. The Pirates would add three more run on three more singles, making the score 4-0 heading to the top of the fifth inning.

Claremont (33-12) would answer back quickly, scoring four runs of its own to tie the game. Katie Savard singled in a run to start the scoring, followed by a Marie Bradvica single that scored Harmony Palmer. O'Neal would then tie the score with a huge two-run double, scoring Bradvica and Savard, making the score 4-4.

The Athenas would add two more runs in the sixth on a Palmer double and a Carlene Roberts single, extending the lead to 6-4.

After the Pirates added a run in the sixth on a Ashleigh Scott single, the Athenas would put the game away with a Palmer RBI-double to left, bringing the score to 7-5.

Starting pitcher Hayley Schultz picked up the win in game four, going seven innings while Palmer and O'Neal added two hits apiece.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will now await the loser of the East Texas Baptist-Redlands matchup for a 4 p.m. Saturday showdown.

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