Mandy Leach scored on the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning on Casey Massimini's safety bunt as No. 6 Bloomsburg eliminated Molloy, 2-1, in the NCAA Division II College softball World Series in St. Joseph, Mo. yesterday.
Molloy (43-21), trailing 1-0, made a game of it in the bottom of the sixth as Carla Campagna singled home Jeana Frey to tie the score at 1. Molloy freshman Megan Butterworth struck out six, walked three and scattered six hits over eight innings. She left the game in the ninth with a blister on her finger.
It was a banner season for the Lions, who made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program's 25-year history and surpassed its previous record of 35 wins, set in 1995.
BASEBALLSt. John's 5, Louisville 3: Jimmy Brennan scored Sean O'Hare with a pinch-hit single in the bottom of the eighth to provide the final margin for fourth-seeded St. John's in a Big East Tournament semifinal in Clearwater, Fla. Jeremy Baltz had run-scoring singles in the second and fifth innings for St. John's. With the win, the Red Storm (39-18) eliminated the top-seeded Cardinals and advances to the championship game today at noon and will face the winner of the No.2 Connecticut-No.6 Rutgers semifinal, which was played last night. A win would give St. John's its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven years.
WOMEN'S TRACKAnderson wins title. Hempstead high school graduate Racquel Anderson hit the pinnacle of her career in track and field. The Lincoln University (Mo.) senior took home the NCAA Division II long jump championship in Charlotte, N.C. with a leap of 19 feet, 11 ½ inches.