The Adelphi softball team is going back to the College World Series.
Brenna Martini hit a grand slam, and Lindsay Mapes struck out four and walked none while scattering seven hits in a complete game to lead Adelphi past host Southern New Hampshire, 4-2, in the NCAA Division II East Super Regional Saturday. This year's Division II tournament begins Thursday in Oklahoma City.
Adelphi's last trip to the College World Series was in 1988, when it was a Division I program, according to the school's athletics website. The Panthers (30-20), who won Game 1 of the series in 15 innings Friday, needed just two hits Saturday to complete the sweep. Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Adelphi's Krista King reached on an error, Jordan Catalano was hit by a pitch, and Victoria Wink singled to load the bases for Martini, who homered to left.
Southern New Hampshire (35-9) pulled a run back in the fourth, but Mapes retired 10 of the following 11 batters to secure the win.