Scotties Win GSAC Championship, Advance to NCAAs
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.--The Agnes Scott softball team won the Great South Athletic Conference Championship today with a 14-9 win over Finlandia University. The Scotties entered the double-elimination tournament as the number one seed and started with an 8-0 win over Wesleyan on Friday and a 3-2 win over Finlandia on Saturday. Finlandia defeated Trinity Washington University 8-0 and Salem 10-9 on Friday followed by a 4-3 win over Salem College on Saturday.
Agnes Scott started the championship game in style with six runs in the first inning. At the bottom of the third, Agnes Scott was still up 7-3. Finlandia pulled ahead in the top of the fourth with five runs to lead 8-7. The Scotties took the lead again in the bottom of the fourth with three runs to lead 10-8 and held Finlandia to zero hits and zero runs in the top of the fifth. The Scotties scored three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull ahead 13-8. Finlandia and Agnes Scott each scored one run in the sixth. Agnes Scott kept Finlandia from scoring in the seventh and clinched the win 14-9.
GSAC Freshman of the Year Alliyah Williams was named Tournament MVP. In the championship game, Williams hit for the cycle with a triple in the first and a home run in the second followed by a single in the fourth and a double in the fifth inning. She also led the Scotties with five RBIs. Williams currently leads the Scotties with a .432 batting average, 15 doubles and four homeruns and is tied with junior Kat Riale with 30 RBIs.
All Conference infielder Casey Arnold hit 3-of-3 including a double and scored two runs and two RBIs. All Conference infielder Ashley Monsrud hit 2-of-3 including a double and scored three runs and two RBIs. All Conference outfielder Aimee McKibbin hit 3-of-5 with one run and one RBI.
On the field, the final out was a fielder’s choice; shortstop Megan Snipes threw to Tiffany Cain to get Finlandia out at third.
On the mound, GSAC Pitcher of the Year Holly Jones pitched 3.2 innings and allowed two hits, one run and struck out five. Arnold pitched two innings and allowed one hit, one run, one walk and struck out one.
Over the three games of the tournament, Williams hit an impressive .700. She had seven hits in 10 at bats with five runs, two doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBIs. McKibbin batted .500 with five hits in 10 at bats along with three runs, two triples and two RBIs. She also had one stolen base, her 25th of the season. Arnold hit .444 with four hits in nine at bats with three runs a double and two RBIs. Monsrud hit .429 (3-7) and tied with Williams with five runs and two doubles. All Conference outfielder Alyssa Millikin got her 18th stolen base of the season and All Conference catcher Kat Riale got her 30th RBI.
Head Coach Talya DiGirolamo got her 23rd win of the season, setting a new Agnes Scott softball record for most wins in a season breaking her own record of 19. The win also marks the first time Agnes Scott has won a conference tournament for softball, earning a trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time.
With the win, the Scotties advance to the NCAA Regional. The location and opponent will be announced later this week.
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.