DUBOIS, Pa. - Despite all of the odds, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College softball has punched its ticket to the 2019 USCAA Small College World Series National Championship game. This is the softball programs 15th trip to the National Title game. SMWC will face off against Cleary University (Mich.) in a rematch of the 2018 USCAA National. Today, SMWC beat Carlow University, Penn State-Brandywine, and Mississippi University for Women all within a seven-hour span.
The Cougars beat the Pomeroys on Tuesday and sent them to the loser's bracket. Therefore, The Woods will have to beat Cleary in two games tomorrow since the Pomeroys hold one loss in bracket play.
As a team, SMWC has gained post-season momentum. In the last five games, the pitching staff holds a 1.76 ERA, 25 strikeouts, and has only given up 19 hits. At the plate, SMWC has four player's batting over .400, and three player's batting over .300, with one girl above .500 batting average. Defensively, the team has only committed two errors.
USCAA Small College World Series Game 4 | vs. Carlow University
The Pomeroys took the lead late in the game in a 10-2 victory over Penn State-Brandywine today The game was tied at two in the bottom of the fourth when Hollie Jones doubled on the first pitch of her at-bat to score one run. Later in the game, Kindra Gingerich crushed grand slam over the right field fence! The very next at-bat, Nicole Niespodziany launched a home run over the left-center fence. Taylor Andrew earned her second victory of the day as she surrendered only two runs over the five innings at the mound. The Pomeroys offense exploded as they hit two home runs, and tallied 13 hits. Gingerich, Katelynn Kennedy, Andrew, and Ariel Spivey each had multiple hits.
USCAA Small College World Series Game 5 | vs. Mississippi University for Women
SMWC grabbed the lead in the fifth inning to defeat Mississippi University for Women 2-1. The contest was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Camryn Scott grounded out which scored Hollie Jones. Pitching was a strong suit for both teams. Katelynn Kennedy pitched the full game and struck out eight batters. Kennedy would earn the victory at the mound. The only run Mississippi University for WOmen scored came in the first inning. The Pomeroys racked up seven hits. Hollie Jones, Nicole Niespodziany, and Scott each had multiple hits. The SMWC defense was perfect on the night and had many impressive defensive plays.
Quote | Mike Andrew
On how he feels the girls played and what tomorrow may have in store...
"Great job by the girls today, we scored 14 runs and only gave up five. We hit the ball when we needed to and we had a couple of key home runs along with some excellent defense. I think tomorrow will be more the same looking forward to a rematch and the rematch of last year's title game."
Quote | Nicole Niespodziany
On her solo home run in the fourth inning...
"Honestly, I didn't even know it was a homerun at first. After Kindra hit her grand slam, I was so excited for her. I literally turned to Coach and said: "That's going to be really hard to follow up." Then my home run happened. The support of my team and adrenaline going at the time is what made this all possible."
On how the team played and what she is looking forward to in the National Title...
"We played great today and need to bring that same energy and mentality tomorrow. I'm excited to face Cleary tomorrow, they are a friendly opponent. Facing Clear three out of the four national championships over my career has been exciting because it's always a great game. However, we are here to take back what is ours and go out with another national championship. Mainly to finished what we started after the hurt of losing to them last year. May the best team win."
Quote | Kindra Gingerich
On her grand slam to break the contest vs. Penn State-Brandywine wide open...
"When the ball came off my bat I knew it was a solid hit, I saw the right fielder turn around and run, so I was just trying to get as many bases as I could. When I saw that go over the wall, just sheer excitement swept over me."
On what she is most excited to play in one more National Championship...
"I'm so excited that I could be a part of that team victory. It was a great day for the seniors! Nicole racked up a homer right after me! We are all so excited and so hungry for tomorrow. We already played 3 games today, why not 2 more! We are ready."
Quote | Taylor Andrew
On her impressive two-win pitching performance and what she is most pumped about for tomorrow's contests...
"I had my eyes on the prize the whole time a Natty!!! I am most looking forward to one last go around on the field. I can't believe tomorrow's the day where I will hang up my cleats. This week has been a whirlwind of emotions and I'm not ready for it to be over but it would make it a little better if I ended with my third national title! Like I tell my SVMS softball team...Pedal to the Medal!"
Quote | Hollie Jones
On her two triples to help push the team and swing momentum in the Pomeroys favor...
"The two triples were just two hits of the many that were perfect times for us to get ahead and score some runs."
On how excited she is about playing in tomorrow's Championship game...
"I can't wait for our games tomorrow!!! If we can continue to play as we have been we shouldn't have a problem winning tomorrow! We just need to continue to have each other's backs, picking each other up, and getting hype together!!! We are ready to go out there tomorrow with confidence and a lot of energy."
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