Hawks Battle but Fall to #1 Bloomsburg

NCAA Atlantic Regional: Hawks Battle but Fall to #1 Bloomsburg

May 14, 2010

BLOOMSBURG, PA - The Chowan University softball team battled with #1 Bloomsburg University this morning but fell 5-2 in the opening game of the NCAA DII Atlantic Regionals. The Hawks trailed 2-0 through four innings but picked up a clutch pinch hit single from Megan Wade in the top of the 5th inning to score two runs and knot the game at 2-2. Bloomsburg battled back to score three runs in their ensuing at-bat and held on to the eventual 5-2 win. The Hawks will now play tomorrow at 1:30pm. They await the loser of the West Virginia Wesleyan (WVIAC Champions) and at-large bid Indiana University-Pennsylvania. 

Bloomsburg took an early lead after scoring runs in the first and third innings. The Hawks loaded the bases in the fifth inning after Tricia Gorman reached base on a fielding error. Brooke Owen moved Gorman and reached first on a bunt single and Melissa Woodrum singled up the middle. Wade came in to pinch hit and with two strikes came through with a single just past a diving Bloomsburg shortstop. Gorman scored easily and Owen slid by a tag attempt by Bloomsburg at home to knot the game at 2-2. 

Bloomsburg answered with three runs in their next at-bat and held the Hawks from scoring to take the 5-2 win. Bloomsburg tallied 11 hits while Chowan had five hits in the game. 

Gorman was 2-3 with a run scored while Wade was 1-1 with a two run single. Fahren Munro and Woodrum were both 1-3. 

Christie Wright picked up the loss on the mound after throwing four innings. She scatttered nine hits and three earned runs while striking out one batter. Jessica Farmer came in to throw the last two innings. She gave up two hits and struck out one through six batters faced. 

Chowan moves to the loser's bracket where they will await the loser of the #4 West Virginia Wesleyan/#5 Indiana University-PA game being played at 1:30pm today.