MATTIA HURLS THIRD STRAIGHT SHUTOUT TO LIFT VIRGINIA STATE INTO TITLE GAME
ETTRICK, Va. – Give Jessica Mattia one run, and
she’ll do the rest.
For the third time in the CIAA Softball Tournament, the Virginia State ace fired a shutout in a 1-0 win, this time allowing a scant three hits to Bowie State to lift the hometown Lady Trojans into the championship game on their home field.
The title game will be played at 10:30 am on Saturday on the campus of Virginia State. The Lady Trojans are the lone unbeaten team remaining in the tournament.
And a lot of that has to do with Mattia (20-15), who hurled a 1-hit shutout of Fayetteville State in the first round, and then gave up just four hits in a 1-0 victory over Northern Division champion Chowan on Thursday. She struck out six against Bowie State and worked out of a first-and-third, two-out jam in the bottom of the seventh inning to close out the win.
Mattia even took care of that lone threat herself, snaring a lineout off the bat of Haley Snyder.
Virginia State, the Northern Division’s No. 3 seed, scored the lone run it needed on Jamishia Smith’s sacrifice fly in the second inning. Smith drove in the game-winning run against Chowan a day earlier.
Bowie State starting pitcher Mariela Hernandez took the loss, scattering seven hits in 3 1-3 innings. Bowie State will play Winston-Salem State at 5:30 p.m.
for the right to face the Lady Trojans in the championship round. The Rams beat Chowan 4-3 in 13 innings.