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(5/13) NCAA East Regional
Tufts 3 Wilkes 0
Maya Ripecky hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie and lift third-seeded Tufts University to a 3-0 victory over sixth-seeded Wilkes University in an elimination game at the NCAA Division III East Regional Softball Championship at Rutgers-Camden University on Saturday.
           
The Jumbos, who posted a 4-3 win over Wilkes in the first round of the tournament on Thursday, advanced to meet Rowan University in the loser’s bracket final on Saturday afternoon, but fell by a score of 6-5 to the Profs to see their season end with a 28-16 mark. Wilkes closes out its campaign with a record of 28-15.
           
Wilkes hurler Laurie Agresti and Tufts pitcher Sarah Conroy were locked in a pitcher’s duel through the first four innings. Both teams had only two hits through the first four frames.
           
However, the Jumbos would get the initial run of the game when Ripecky lined a pitch over the left field fence with one out in the fifth to give Tufts a 1-0 lead.
           
Wilkes would try and counter in the sixth when Allison Grohol opened the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Kathy Dalton. After a groundout by Sarah Elliott moved Grohol to third, Conroy was able to induce Samantha Evanich to pop out to second base to end the threat. 
           
It also put a halt to the contest for a while. With inclement weather, including lighting, moving in the game was stopped with Tufts coming to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. After a delay of nearly an hour, both teams were called back to the field to resume play.
           
The layoff did not stem the Jumbos momentum. Heather Kleinberger led off with a single and was able to reach second on a one-out single by Samantha Kuhles. A wild pitch would move both runners up a base and put two runners in scoring position. After Agresti struck out Danielle Lopez for the second out, Erica Bailey came through with a two-run single that scored both Kleinberger and Kuhles to make it 3-0.
           
Conroy improved to 9-4 by allowing only three hits in the contest. Agresti, who finished the season with a 15-6 mark, surrendered seven hits and three runs, while striking out six. 
           
Ripecky and Bailey had two hits apiece to lead the Tufts offensive attack. The Lady Colonels, who finished 2-2 in the NCAA Regional event, were led by
Dalton’s two singles.  


(5/12) NCAA East Regional
Wilkes 5 Pitt.-Bradford 3
Wilkes 2 Manhattanville 1
Wilkes University rallied for a pair of wins on Friday to remain alive in the double-elimination NCAA Division III East Regional Softball Championship at Rutgers-Camden University. The sixth-seeded Lady Colonels eliminated fourth-seeded Pitt.-Bradford 5-3 in their first game of the day. Wilkes then upped their overall record to 28-14 with a 2-1 victory over fifth-seeded Manhattanville College.
           
Wilkes is one of four teams who are still alive in the tournament. The Lady Colonels will meet third-seeded
Tufts University on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in an elimination game. Tufts, which posted a 4-3 win over Wilkes on Thursday, suffered a 1-0 loss to Rowan in an earlier game on Friday. Rowan, the number-two seed, will take on top-seeded Rutgers-Camden in the winner’s bracket final at 3:00 p.m. The winner of the Wilkes-Tufts game will square off with the loser of the winner’s bracket game in the final contest of the day at 5:30 p.m.
           
Pitt.-Bradford (35-9) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings. The Panthers scored twice in the second inning on a two-run single by Catrina Retterer to forge in front 2-0. They would add a run in the third on a single by LeeAnn Kramer to make it 3-0.
           
Wilkes would use the long-ball to score four times in the fifth inning to take the lead. Julie Henry led off with her second homerun of the season to cut the deficit to 3-1.   A one-out double by Allison Grohol and a two-out walk to Sarah Elliott set the stage for another round-tripper. This time it was freshman Samantha Evanich blasting a three-run shot, her school-record 14th of the campaign, to put Wilkes ahead 4-3.
           
The Lady Colonels tacked on an insurance run in the sixth. Jan Nunemacher was hit by a pitch with one out and replaced by pinch-runner Katie Orr. Orr proceeded to steal second and advance to third when the throw from the catcher got away. Henry then hit a ground ball to third that was mishandled for an error and Orr was able to scamper home and provide Wilkes with a 5-3 lead.
           
Laurie Agresti pitched the final four innings to notch the pitching victory. She allowed only one hit and struck out seven. Kristy Zavinski, who surrendered four hits and four runs in four and two-thirds frames on the mound, took the loss for Pitt.-Bradford.
           
Wilkes and Manhattanville had four hits each in the game. All four hits by the Lady Colonels went for extra bases thanks to the homeruns by Henry and Evanich and doubles by Grohol and Nunemacher.
           
In their second game of the day Wilkes fell behind 1-0 in the first. Amanda Nonis was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sacrifice by Brianne Previti. Nicole Oliva would drive in Nonis with a double to give Manahattanville (30-14) a 1-0 lead.
           
The Lady Colonels tied the game with a run in the third. Kathy Dalton singled and stole second with one out. A single by Elliott put runners on first and third. Evanich followed with a single to left field that plated
Dalton and evened the count at 1-1. 
           
Wilkes pushed across the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Nadine Taylor took second on a two-base error to start the inning. She went to third on a sacrifice by Melisa Bracone, but Nunemacher popped out for the second out of the inning. However, Henry ripped a single to left field to score
Taylor and give the Lady Colonels a 2-1 edge.
           
Agresti made the lead stand up as she went the distance on the mound to improve to 15-5. She allowed only four hits and struck out 11 in the victory. Maggie Thomas (27-10) allowed seven hits in the circle for the Valiants. Only one of the two runs against her was earned.
           
Elliott was the lone two-time hitter in the game with a pair of singles for Wilkes. 


(5/11) NCAA East Regional
Tufts 4 Wilkes 3
Tufts University took advantage of a pair of Wilkes University errors in the fourth inning to overcome a 2-0 deficit and notch a 4-3 victory in the opening round of the NCAA East Regional Tournament at Rutgers-Camden University on Thursday afternoon. 
           
The third-seeded Jumbos improved to 27-14 overall and will meet either second-seeded
Rowan University or seventh-seeded Hunter College in a winner’s bracket semifinal game on Friday. Wilkes, which slipped to 26-14 overall, will meet the loser of Thursday’s final game between top-seeded Rutgers-Camden and fourth-seeded Pitt.-Bradford in an elimination game on Friday at 12:00 p.m.
           
Sixth-seeded Wilkes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Nadine Taylor led off the frame with a triple and Melisa Bracone followed with her fourth homerun of the season to stake the Lady Colonels to the early lead.
           
Tufts, which did not have a hit through the first three innings, would respond in the fourth. Laura Chapman led off with a bunt base hit. Samantha Kuhles then laid down a sacrifice bunt that was mishandled for an error placing runners on first and second. Danielle Lopez cracked a double that allowed Chapman to score and pull the Jumbos within 2-1. 
           
Cara Hovhanessian then hit a grounded ball that was fielded cleanly and fired to the plate. However, the ball went off the glove of Wilkes catcher Erin Plank, allowing both Kuhles and Lopez to score and giving Tufts a 3-2 lead. Hovhanessian would score the final run of the inning on a one-out single by Maya Ripecky to up the Jumbos advantage to 4-2.
           
Samantha Evanich led off the sixth inning for Wilkes with her 13th homerun of the season to cut the deficit to 4-3. But, that is as close as the Lady Colonels would get.
           
Julia Brenta (8-2), who allowed eight hits and three earned runs in five innings, picked up the win on the mound for Tufts. Lauren Gelmetti pitched two perfect innings of relief to garner her first save. Laurie Agresti (13-5) was tagged for five hits and four runs in six innings to suffer the loss. Only one of the runs against the right-hander was earned.
           
The double by Lopez and singles by Chapman, Ripecky, Mara Dodson and Annie Ross were the only hits for Tufts.
           
Wilkes, which had eight hits in the game, got two hits apiece from Taylor and Allison Grohol.


(5/6) Freedom Conference Championship Game
Wilkes 4 King's 3 (8 innings)
Allison Grohol blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game and fellow freshman Samantha Evanich drilled a solo homerun to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning and lift second-seeded Wilkes University to a 4-3 win over top-seed King’s College in the Freedom Conference championship game on Saturday afternoon at the Ralston Complex.
           
With the victory the Lady Colonels improved to 26-13 overall and earned the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Championship which is slated to begin on Thursday. King’s, which saw its string of six consecutive conference titles come to an end, saw their record fall to 36-7. The Lady Monarchs will await word on a possible at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament when the field is announced on Monday morning.
           
King’s held a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. However, Wilkes would rally when Erin Plank reached on an error and Shelley Pheiff drew a one-out walk. Grohol then stepped to the plate and hit her three-run homer over the center field fence to knot the game at 3-3 and force extra innings.
           
Evanich, who pitched the final three innings in relief, struck out Cassy Shiffer, Annie Drimones and Abbey Knoblauch in the top half of the eighth inning to keep the momentum with Wilkes. She then opened the bottom of the eighth with her school-record 12th homer of the campaign to provide the Lady Colonels with the victory.
           
King’s took a 2-0 lead in the first against Wilkes starter Laurie Agresti. Justine Maggio singled and advanced to third on a double by Nikki Kotula. After Agresti fanned Mari Valonis for the second out, Kate Shiffer singled to score both Maggio and Kotula and put the Lady Monarchs on top.
           
King’s would tack on an additional run in the fifth to extend their lead to 3-0. Kotula cracked a one-out double and proceeded to steal third base. She would score on another single by Kate Shiffer to account for the final run for the Lady Monarchs.
           
Evanich, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after going 2-0 on the mound with a 0.00 ERA and hitting a pair of homeruns, picked up the win after allowing only one hit and fanning seven in three innings of work. Kotula, who allowed only five hits in seven innings, suffered the loss for King’s.
           
Grohol had a triple to go along with her three-run homer to pace Wilkes offensively. Kate Shiffer had two singles and drove in all three runs for King’s. Kotula contributed two doubles, while Maggio and Kelsey Shreaves had two singles each.
 

(5/5) Freedom Conference Playoffs
Wilkes 3 Lycoming 0
Wilkes 7 King's 1
Second-seeded Wilkes University knocked off top-seeded King’s College 7-1 in the winner’s bracket final of the double-elimination Freedom Conference Softball Championship on Friday at the Ralston Complex. The Lady Colonels earned a berth in the winner’s bracket final with a 3-0 victory over third-seeded Lycoming College earlier in the day, while King’s knocked off fourth-seeded FDU-Florham 6-3 in their first contest.
           
With the two wins Wilkes (25-13) moves into the championship round which will begin on Saturday at
1:00 p.m. FDU-Florham (20-15) and Lycoming (12-12) will meet in Saturday’s first game at 9:00 a.m., with the winner advancing to take on King’s (35-6) in the loser’s bracket final at 11:00 a.m. The winner of the loser’s bracket final will have to beat Wilkes twice in order to claim the title and earn the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Championship which is slated to begin on Thursday.
           
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of their game with King’s when Nadine Taylor led off with a solo homerun. The Lady Colonels would tack on three runs in the fourth frame to assume command. Taylor and Melisa Bracone had consecutive one-out singles and then successfully pulled off a delayed steal to put runners on second and third. A single by Erin Plank plated
Taylor to make it 2-0. After Plank was lifted for pinch-runner Nichole McCloskey, Allison Grohol ripped a double to clear the bases and give Wilkes a 4-0 lead.
           
The lead would grow to 5-0 in the fifth. Jan Nunemacher drew a two-out walk and pinch-runner Katie Orr moved to second on a wild pitch. 
Taylor followed with a double that scored Orr to give the Lady Colonels additional breathing room.
           
With Grohol on first with two outs in the sixth following a single, Kathy Dalton tripled down the right field line to drive home Grohol. 
Dalton would cross the plate when the throw from the outfield got away to up the Wilkes lead to 7-0.
           
King’s got on the board in their half of the sixth. Annie Drimones singled and scored on a double by Abbey Knoblauch to cut the deficit to 7-1. However, that is as close as the Lady Monarchs would get.
           
Laurie Agresti (13-4) scattered three hits and struck out 11 to pick up the pitching win for Wilkes. Kelsey Shreaves (10-2) surrendered eight hits and six earned runs to take the loss for King’s. 
           
Taylor had three hits, including a double and homer, drove in two runs and scored twice to pace Wilkes offensively. Grohol added two hits, including a double. She also had two runs batted in. Drimones had two hits for King’s, while Knoblauch’s double was the only other Lady Monarch hit.
           
Samantha Evanich was the hero for Wilkes in their 3-0 opening round win over Lycoming. With the game scoreless in the fifth, Shelley Pheiff led off with a double and went to third on a single by Grohol. After
Dalton popped up and Sarah Elliott grounded out, Evanich stepped to the plate and drilled a 3-2 pitch over the left field fence to give the Lady Colonels a 3-0 lead.
           
Evanich made the three runs stand up as she tossed a complete-game to pick up the pitching win. The freshman allowed only four hits and struck out seven to improve to 8-5 in the circle. Morgan Mantle, who was tagged for five hits and three earned runs, suffered the loss for Lycoming. She struck out 11 in falling to 9-4 overall.
           
Pheiff was the lone two-time hitter in the game with a single and double for the Lady Colonels. 
           

(5/2) Lebanon Valley 2 Wilkes 0
Lebanon Valley 12 Wilkes 2 (5 innings)
Wilkes University saw their 11-game softball winning streak snapped on Tuesday afternoon when they lost both ends of a non-conference doubleheader at Lebanon Valley College. The Flying Dutchwomen posted a 2-0 victory in the opener and scored a 12-2 win in five innings in the nightcap.
           
Lebanon Valley, which lost a pair of games to the Lady Colonels on April 20, improved their overall record to 26-10. Wilkes sees their record slip to 23-13 heading into the Freedom Conference playoffs on Friday at the Ralston Complex.
           
Jen Roberts tossed a four-hit shutout in the first game for
Lebanon Valley. She struck out five and did not walk a hitter to improve to 10-3 on the mound. Samantha Evanich fell to 7-5 for Wilkes after giving up one run and three hits in four innings.
           
The Flying Dutchwomen scored the only run they would need in the fourth inning when Amy Betz tripled with two outs and scored on a single by Jenn Parks. They would increase their lead to 2-0 in the fifth. Reliever Maureen Pelot walked the first three hitters she would face before giving up a sacrifice fly to Lisa DiCristofaro to account for the run.
           
The triple by Bats and singles by Parks and Roberts were the only hits for
Lebanon Valley in the contest. Wilkes got singles from Kathy Dalton, Nadine Taylor, Colleen Labor and Allison Grohol.
           
Lebanon Valley pounded out 15 hits off three different Wilkes pitchers on their way to the victory in the nightcap. Kelly O’Toole (6-4) garnered the win on the mound after scattering four hits and two runs in three innings. Kaitlyn Kormanik (2-1) was tagged for seven hits and eight runs in one plus innings to take the loss. 
           
Batz and Roberts had run-scoring singles in the first inning to provide the Flying Dutchwomen with a 2-0 lead. 
           
After Wilkes cut the lead to 2-1 in the second on an RBI-single by Katie DeBias,
Lebanon Valley exploded for nine runs in their half of the second to take control for good. DiCristofaro had a two-run single during the outburst, while Katie DeJulio had a double that plated a run. 
           
DiCristofaro and O’Toole had three hits apiece in the game two win for
Lebanon Valley. Both hitters had a double among their hits, while DiCristofaro drove in three and O’Toole had two runs batted in. Batz and Parks chipped in with two hits each.
           
Taylor was the leading hitter for Wilkes with two singles and a triple. Jan Nunemacher contributed a double as well.


(4/29) Wilkes 2 Drew 1 (8 innings)
Wilkes 3 Drew 1
The Wilkes University softball team finished their regular season on Saturday afternoon by sweeping a Freedom Conference doubleheader from Drew University at the Ralston Complex. The Lady Colonels earned a 2-1 win in eight innings in the opener and fashioned a 3-1 triumph in the nightcap.
           
Wilkes, which will host the Freedom Conference Championship Tournament beginning on Friday, improved to 23-11 overall and 12-2 in the conference. The Lady Colonels tied King’s for the top spot in the conference standings, however King’s will be the number-one seed due to a tie-breaker, while Wilkes will be the second seed. Drew saw their playoff hopes dashed and fell to 11-22 overall and 4-8 in the conference.
           
In game one, Samantha Evanich laced a run-scoring single with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Wilkes to the win. Sarah Elliott scored the game-winning run after cracking a triple prior to Evanich’s base hit.
           
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Nadine Taylor doubled and moved to third on a sacrifice by Erin Plank. A ground out by Melisa Bracone allowed
Taylor to score the game’s initial run.
           
Drew, which did not have a hit through six innings off Wilkes starter Laurie Agresti, tied the game in the top of the seventh. Dena Tomassi led off with a bunt single and advanced to second on a Kerry Crowley sacrifice. After Melissa Kraft struck out, Brittany Westcott singled to score Tomassi and force extra innings.
           
Agresti improved to 12-4 on the hill by allowing just the two seventh inning hits and striking out 15. 
Kristin Valley surrendered eight hits and both runs to suffer the loss and slide to 6-5.
           
Taylor added as single to her double to finish with two hits for Wilkes. Evanich also chipped in with a pair of singles.
           
Drew scored an unearned run in the third to take a 1-0 lead in the nightcap. Jennifer McGroarty reached on a one-out error and proceeded to steal second base. After Nicole Gagliardi struck out, Tomassi slapped a single to drive home McGroarty and put the Rangers on top.
           
Wilkes would bounce back with two runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good. Jan Nunemacher reached on an error with one out and Nadine Taylor singled to put two runners on. Kaitlyn Kormanik, who was inserted to pinch-run for Nunemacher, raced around to score on a Bracone single to tie the game at 1-1. Taylor, who went to third on the hit, would score on a wild pitch to give Wilkes a 2-1 advantage.
           
The Lady Colonels tacked on an insurance run in the fifth inning. Kathy Dalton and Alex Ingram both singled with one out, and both would move up a base on a wild pitch. After Evanich walked to load the bases, Nunemacher lifted a sacrifice fly that scored
Dalton and made it 3-1.
           
Evanich made the lead stand up as she allowed only the single to Tomassi in tossing a one-hitter. She also struck out 10 and did not walk a hitter to up her pitching record to 7-4. Lauren Collini gave up six hits and one earned run in six inning for Drew to fall to 4-17.
           
Ingram and Bracone had two hits apiece to lead Wilkes offensively.


(4/26) Wilkes 8 Scranton 0 (6 innings)
Wilkes 7 Scranton 1
The Wilkes University softball team clinched a berth in the Freedom Conference playoffs by sweeping a doubleheader from the University of Scranton on Wednesday night at the Ralston Complex. The Lady Colonels posted an 8-0 win in six innings in the opener, before scoring a 7-1 victory in the nightcap.
           
With the sweep Wilkes maintains a share of first-place in the conference standings with King’s College. The Lady Colonels are 21-11 overall and have a 10-2 mark in the conference. 
Scranton sees their records fall to 11-18 overall and 2-8 in the conference.
           
Laurie Agresti allowed only one hit and struck out 13 to lead Wilkes to the win in the opener. The junior improved to 11-4 on the mound and lowered her conference-leading earned run average to a scant 0.36 with her seventh shutout of the campaign. Isabel Mendez, who gave up nine hits and five earned runs in going the distance for
Scranton, suffered the loss to fall to 6-6.
           
Wilkes took a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Shelley Pheiff reached on a two-base error and Allison Grohol reached second on a fielder’s choice and error to start the inning. Pheiff, who went to third on the fielder’s choice, scored the first run on a single by Kathy Dalton. Sarah Elliott followed with an RBI-single that scored Grohol to make it 2-0. 
Dalton and Elliott would pull off a double-steal that scored Dalton to give the Lady Colonels a 3-0 lead.
           
The Lady Colonels struck for four runs in the fifth inning. Freshman Samantha Evanich opened the frame with a solo homerun, her school-record 10th of the season, to up the advantage to 4-0. After Jan Nunemacher walked and Melisa Bracone reached on an error, Nichole McCloskey delivered a run-scoring single to score Nunemacher and make it 5-0. Shelley Pheiff would score both Bracone and McCloskey with a single to extend the lead to 7-0.
           
Wilkes would put the game away via the eight-run rule with a single run in the sixth. Katie DeBias led off with a double and scored on a one-out single by Kerry Finnerty to close the contest.
           
Wilkes had nine different players with one hit in the game. Evanich’s homerun and doubles by DeBias and Grohol were the only extra-base hits. Michelle Ballantyne’s single in the fourth was the only hit for
Scranton.
           
In the nightcap, Evanich twirled a three-hitter and gave up only an unearned run to pick up the pitching win. She struck out 12 and walked only one to improve to 6-4. Tanya Parolari fell to 1-4 with the loss. She was tagged for 14 hits and seven runs, while striking out three.
           
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead in the first when Alex Ingram singled, stole second, and scored on a single by Evanich. They would increase their lead to 3-0 with a pair of third inning runs. 
Dalton doubled and Ingram singled and took second on a throw trying to nail Dalton at third to put two runners in scoring position. A passed ball allowed Dalton to score and Ingram to move to third, before an Evanich single plated Ingram to make it 3-0. 
           
Scranton would cut the lead to 3-1 with a run in the fourth. Ballantyne reached on a leadoff error. After going to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kristy Gogick, Melanie Carnevale singled to score Ballantyne.
           
The Lady Colonels put the game away by scoring four times in the fifth inning. Nunemacher started the outburst with a double. One out later Nadine Taylor singled to move pinch-runner Kaitlyn Kormanik to third. A single by Erin Plank scored Kormanik and push the lead to 4-1. A double-steal by
Taylor and Plank allowed Taylor to score and make it 5-1. After Katie Orr singled to put runners on the corners, Dalton cracked a double to drive in both runners and give Wilkes a 7-1 lead.
           
Dalton had two doubles among her three hits to pace the Wilkes offensive attack. Ingram also had three hits, while Evanich, Nunemacher and Orr chipped in with two hits apiece. Erin Moreau had two hits for Scranton.


(4/24) Wilkes 5 Misericordia 2
Wilkes 6 Misericordia 4
Laurie Agresti tossed a three-hitter and struck out 16 to lead Wilkes University to a 5-2 win over College Misericordia in the opening game of their non-conference softball doubleheader on Monday night at the Ralston Complex. The Lady Colonels completed the sweep of the twinbill when Samantha Evanich drilled a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie and lift Wilkes to a 6-4 win.
           
The Lady Colonels, who played their first night twinbill at the Ralston Complex, improved to 19-11 overall. Misericordia saw their overall record slip to 24-11.
           
Wilkes took a 2-0 lead in the opener by scoring a pair of runs in the second frame. Jan Nunemacher singled and Melisa Bracone doubled to put runners at second and third with no outs. Nadine Taylor and Erin Plank would each loft a sacrifice fly to plate the two runs and put the Lady Colonels on top.
           
Wilkes would score two more runs in the third to extend their advantage. Allison Grohol reached on an error and Kathy Dalton doubled to start the inning. Sarah Elliott singled to score Grohol and make it 3-0. Evanich then reached on an error that allowed
Dalton to score and push the lead to 4-0.
           
The Cougars got both of their runs in the sixth. Erin Moravec led off by reaching on an error. Two outs later, Kristi Devens singled to put two runners aboard before Kerri Buckman delivered a two-run doubled to cut the Wilkes lead to 4-2.
           
The Lady Colonels tacked on an insurance run in the seventh. Grohol singled and stole second with two outs. Elliott would crack a double to score Grohol and make it a 5-2 game.
           
Agresti allowed only three hits and two unearned runs to improve to 10-4 on the mound. Alissa Popalis surrendered seven hits and four earned runs to see her record fall to 3-3 for Misericordia.
           
In game two,
Dalton led off the seventh inning for Wilkes with a single. After moving to second on a sacrifice by Nichole McCloskey, Evanich stepped to the plate and drilled a 3-2 offering from Devens over the left field fence to give the Lady Colonels the 6-4 win.
           
Both teams scored a single run in the second inning to make it a 1-1 contest. Wilkes got an unearned run during the frame. Nunemacher walked to lead off the inning, but was still on first with two outs. Erin Plank then singled and the ball got by the Misericordia outfielder allowing Nunemacher to come around to score. The Cougars scored their run when Devens walked, went to second on a single by Kristen Norris and eventually scored on a Buckman single.
           
The Lady Colonels tallied three times in the third to take a 4-1 advantage. 
Dalton and McCloskey had back-to-back singles with one out. Evanich’s ground ball was then mishandled allowing Dalton to score and make it 2-1. A single by Nunemacher would score McCloskey and give Wilkes a 3-1 lead. After Julie Henry singled to load the bases, Nadine Taylor singled up the middle to score Evanich and up the lead to 4-1.
           
Misericordia would answer back with a single run in their half of the third. Kirsten Lazorka and Jessica Klimas both singled. A Wilkes error on a ball hit by Laura Mushinski would score Lazorka and make it 4-2.
           
The Cougars tied the game at 4-4 in the fourth by plating two more runs. Lindsay Miller walked and went to second on a Wilkes error. Buckman followed with a single that was misplayed in the outfield allowing Miller to score and Buckman to race to third. Lazorka would even the count at 4-4 when she doubled to score Buckman.
           
Kaitlyn Kormanik pitched three and two-thirds innings of one-hit relief to pick up the win on the hill for Wilkes. Kormanik improved to 2-0 after striking out one and walking one. Devens saw her record slide to 14-6 after she was tagged for 10 hits and four earned runs in seven innings. 
           
Taylor, Dalton and Nunemacher had two hits apiece for Wilkes in the nightcap. Lazorka had three hits, including a double, and Buckman added a pair of singles to lead the Misericordia offensive attack.


(4/20) Wilkes 3 Lebanon Valley 0
Wilkes 2 Lebanon Valley 1 (8 innings)
Wilkes University swept a non-conference softball doubleheader from visiting Lebanon Valley College on Thursday afternoon at the Ralston Complex. The Lady Colonels notched a 3-0 win in the opener before securing a 2-1 win in eight innings in the nightcap.
           
The sweep improves Wilkes to 17-11 overall heading into Saturday’s doubleheader at home against
Marywood University at 5:00 p.m. Lebanon Valley sees their overall record slide to 20-10.
           
Wilkes hurler Laurie Agresti tossed a one-hitter to lead the Lady Colonels to the shutout win in the opening game. Agresti surrendered only a two-out infield single to Crystal Nolen in the top of the seventh inning. She improved to 9-4 on the hill by striking out 10 and not issuing a walk. Agresti also lowered her earned run average to 0.42 and copped her sixth shutout win of the campaign. 
           
Lebanon Valley pitcher Kelly O’Toole was also impressive as she fell to 5-4 on the mound. O’Toole allowed only three hits in the game and did not allow a hit after the second inning.
           
Wilkes scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the second inning. Melisa Bracone led off the frame by reaching on an error. After she was erased on a fielder’s choice by Erin Plank, Sarah Elliott singled to put runners on first and second with one out. Shelley Pheiff then stepped to the plate and cracked a three-run homerun to give the Lady Colonels a 3-0 lead, and Agresti made it stand up the rest of the way.
           
In the nightcap Wilkes scored an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Kathy Dalton began the inning on second base due to the international tie-breaker rule. Nadine Taylor then put down a sacrifice bunt that was thrown away allowing
Dalton to race around and score the game-winning run.
           
Lebanon Valley took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning. Katie DeJulio led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Jessica Salisbury. Amy Weist singled to center field and the ball was bobbled in the outfield allowing DeJulio to score the game’s first run. 
           
Wilkes wasted little time tying the contest, doing so in their half of the fifth. After Katie Orr struck out to start the frame,
Dalton stepped to the plate and launched a solo homerun to right-center field to knot the contest at 1-1.
           
Samantha Evanich was the winning pitcher for Wilkes to improve to 5-4. She surrendered five hits and struck out six. Alisa Albers was the tough luck loser for
Lebanon Valley. She gave up four hits and fanned eight to slip to 6-2.
           
Dalton had a triple and homerun to pace Wilkes offensively. Taylor and Julie Henry had the other hits for the Lady Colonels. Weist, DeJulio, O’Toole and Amy Batz all singled for the Flying Dutchwomen.


(4/18) Wilkes 16 Keystone 0 (5 innings)
Wilkes 13 Keystone 0 (5 innings)
Laurie Agresti and Kaitlyn Kormanik combined to pitch a perfect game to lead Wilkes University to a five inning 16-0 non-conference softball victory in the opening game of their twinbill with Keystone College on Tuesday. Wilkes also captured the nightcap in five innings 13-0. The sweep improves the Lady Colonels to 15-11 overall, while the Giants see their record fall to 3-22.
           
Agresti pitched the first three innings in game one and struck out eight of the nine hitters that she faced. She was credited with the win to improve to 8-4 on the mound. Kormanik came on with the Lady Colonels holding an 8-0 lead and retired the final six hitters to complete the perfect game. 
           
Wilkes tallied in all five innings to put the game away in five frames. The Lady Colonels scored three runs in the first, third and fourth frames. They also scored twice in the second and plated five runs in the fifth.
           
Melisa Bracone paced a 14-hit Wilkes offensive attack with three hits and six runs batted in. She cracked a grand slam in the fifth inning and also ripped a double. Nadine Taylor contributed three hits and two runs batted in. Erin Plank finished with a pair of singles, while Katie DeBias and Katie Orr had a double apiece.
           
The Lady Colonels put the second game away in five innings thanks to three big outbursts. They scored four runs in the second and fourth innings, while pushing across five runs in their final at-bat. 
           
Kerry Finnerty had two hits and drove in three runs to lift Wilkes to the shutout win. 
Dalton contributed a pair of singles and two runs scored. Kormanik had one hit, drove in three runs and scored twice, while Nichole McCloskey had a hit and scored three runs.
           
Sarah Plavchak and Colleen Labor teamed up to limit the Giants to just four singles in the nightcap. Plavchak improved to 2-1 on the hill by scattering four hits and striking out three. Labor pitched two perfect innings in relief and fanned a pair. 


(4/15) Lycoming 2 Wilkes 1 (11 innings)
Wilkes 7 Lycoming 0
Wilkes University bounced back from a tough 2-1 loss in 11 innings to post a 7-0 win in game two and earn a split of their Freedom Conference softball doubleheader with Lycoming College on Saturday afternoon. The split moves the Lady Colonels to 13-11 overall. They are 8-2 and tied for first-place with King’s in the conference standings. Lycoming sees their records move to 11-8 overall and 8-4 in the conference.
           
In the opener, Lycoming scored a single run in the 11th inning to break a 1-1 tie and pull out the win. Dana Marek began the frame on second base due to the international tie-breaking rule. After advancing to third on a sacrifice by Christine Caroselli, she scored on a single by Melissa McCoy.
           
The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the third when McCoy singled to score Marek, who had singled earlier in the inning. Wilkes fought back to tie the game at 1-1 in the fourth. Sarah Elliott led off with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Shelley Pheiff. Pheiff would score the tying run on a single by Jan Nunemacher. 
           
Morgan Mantle picked up the pitching win for the Warriors. She worked all 11 innings and gave up seven hits, while striking out 12. Laurie Agresti was the tough luck loser for Wilkes. She surrendered only four hits and one earned run in going the distance. Agresti also struck out 17 hitters.
           
McCoy was the lone two-time hitter for Lycoming with a pair of singles. Nunemacher had three hits and Elliott had two hits for the Lady Colonels.
           
In the nightcap Wilkes wasted little time taking control, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning and never looking back. Kathy Dalton garnered a walk in the first and scored on a two-run homerun by Samanth Evanich to give the Lady Colonels a 2-0 lead.
           
Wilkes tacked on an additional run in the second. Pheiff reached on a double and advanced to third on a single by Alexis Ingram. Pheiff would then cross the plate on a passed ball to extend the lead to 3-0.
           
The Lady Colonels exploded for three runs in the third to up their advantage to 6-0. 
Dalton singled and Evanich was hit by a pitch to start the frame. A single by Nunemacher delivered the first Wilkes run of the inning, while the second run scored on a fielder’s choice by Julie Henry. Nunemacher would score the final run of the inning on another passed ball.
           
The final Wilkes run came in the fourth. Ingram earned a base on balls and stole second base. Kaitlyn Kormanik laced a single to score Ingram and push the lead to 7-0.
           
Sarah Plavchak picked up the win in relief of starting pitcher Evanich, who was forced to exit after being hit by a pitch in the third. Plavchak allowed five hits over the final five innings and struck out two. Kristen Reese took the loss for Lycoming after allowing seven hits and seven earned runs in seven innings.
           
Pheiff and Erin Plank had a double apiece to lead Wilkes offensively. Marek finished with two singles to pace Lycoming at the plate.


(4/11) Wilkes 5 Susquehanna 0
Susquehanna 5 Wilkes 4 (10 innings)
Laurie Agresti twirled a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts to lift Wilkes University to a 5-0 victory over Susquehanna in the opening game of their non-conference softball doubleheader on Tuesday. In the nightcap the Crusaders squeezed out a 5-4 win in 10 innings. Wilkes sees their record move to 12-10 with the split, while Susquehanna is now 17-7 overall.
           
Agresti allowed singles to Mallory Oliver and Sarah Shaffer in improving her pitching mark to 7-3 and registering her fifth shutout of the campaign. Bekah Bennett allowed eight hits and four runs in six innings to suffer the loss.
           
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Jan Nunemacher led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. One out later, Erin Plank’s ground ball was mishandled, allowing Nunemacher to score.
           
The Lady Colonels would pad their lead by scoring three times in the fifth frame. Sarah Elliott doubled before being erased on a fielder’s choice by Kathy Dalton. A triple by Nadine Taylor allowed
Dalton to score and extend the lead to 2-0. Allison Grohol followed with a bunt single that scored Taylor to push the advantage to 3-0. After Grohol stole second, Nunemacher ripped a single to drive in a run and make it 4-0. 
           
Wilkes scored their final run in the seventh inning. Grohol with one out and came around to score on an error on a ball hit by Samantha Evanich to provide the Lady Colonels with a 5-0 win.
           
Taylor led a 10-hit Wilkes attack with three hits. Grohol, Nunemacher and Elliott chipped in with two hits apiece.
           
In game two Evanich and Susquehanna’s Jess Nastelli kept both teams off the scoreboard for seven innings to force the game into extra frames tied at 0-0.
           
With the international rule in place, Wilkes struck first in their half of the eighth. 
Dalton started on second base and stole third with one out. A Crusaders error on a ball hit by Grohol scored Dalton and gave the Lady Colonels a 1-0 lead.
           
Susquehanna would start their half of the eighth with Danielle McCann at second. A ground out by Jill Worlinsky allowed her to move to third. Amy Licata’s ground out would plate McCann and tie the game at 1-1.
           
Wilkes scored twice in the ninth to take a 3-1 lead. With Plank at second base, Katie Orr laid down a sacrifice bunt to move her to third. After Elliott drew a walk to put runners on the corners,
Dalton reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Plank and moved Elliott to second. A passed ball would move both runners up a base before Taylor lofted a sacrifice fly to score Elliott and make it 3-1.
           
Susquehanna responded once again with two runs in their half of the frame to tie the game. With Brandi Swartz on second, Shaffer was hit by a pitch to place runners on first and second. One out later Kelly McHale singled to load the bases. Bennett followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Swartz to close the deficit to 3-2. McCann would tie the game at 3-3 with a single that scored Shaffer and forced a tenth inning.
           
Grohol started the tenth for Wilkes at second and with one out, stole third. She would cross the plate on a ground out by Nunemacher that gave the Lady Colonels their final lead, 4-3.
           
Worlinsky was on second for Susquehanna to open their half of the tenth and went to third on a ground out by Licata. A triple by Megan McCurley scored Worlinsky to tie the contest at 4-4. After Evanich walked Swartz, she induced Shaffer into a pop out in the infield for the second out of the frame. However, after Kerri Brugger walked to load the bases, McHale singled to score McCurley with the winning run.
           
McHale earned the win on the mound in relief of Nastelli. McHale went 1.2 innings and gave up just one unearned run. Nastelli pitched 8.1 innings and surrendered five hits and three unearned runs.  Evanich gave up just seven hits and two earned runs in going the distance for Wilkes.
           
McCurley and McHale had two hits apiece to lead the Susquehanna attack. Julie Henry was the lone two-time hitter for Wilkes with a pair of singles. 


(4/8) Wilkes 2 DeSales 0
Wilkes 5 DeSales 0
Wilkes University swept a Freedom Conference softball doubleheader from DeSales University on Saturday afternoon at the Ralston Complex, posting a 2-0 win in the opener and a 5-0 victory in the nightcap. The Lady Colonels improved to 11-9 overall and 7-1 in the conference. DeSales saw their records fall to 8-15 overall and 2-6 in conference play.
           
In game one junior Laurie Agresti allowed only one hit and struck out 11 to lead Wilkes to the victory. Agresti allowed only a sixth inning single to Jenna Rau in notching her fourth shutout win of the season and improving to 6-3 on the hill. Elise Wilk was tagged with the loss for DeSales after giving up nine hits and two runs, while striking out seven.
           
Wilkes scored both of their runs with one out in the third inning. Nadine Taylor doubled to begin the rally. Allison Grohol followed with a single that allowed
Taylor to score and make it 1-0. Grohol, who advanced to second when the Bulldogs attempted to gun down Taylor at the plate, would move to third on a wild pitch and score on a single by Jan Nunemacher to give the Lady Colonels a 2-0.
           
Grohol had two hits for Wilkes, including a double. The Lady Colonels also got two hits from Kathy Dalton.
           
Freshman Samantha Evanich twirled a two-hitter and struck out 14 to help Wilkes win the nightcap. The only two hits surrendered by Evanich were a single to Jaime Stover in the fifth and single to Jamie Pfitzenmayer in the sixth. Jennifer Cybularz allowed five runs, only one of which was earned, and nine hits in four innings to suffer the loss for DeSales.
           
The Lady Colonels used a pair of Bulldogs errors to push across four runs in the third inning and take command. Nadine Taylor and Samantha Evanich reached on errors to put runners on first and third with one out. Nunemacher laced a double that scored
Taylor to make it 1-0. Melisa Bracone extended the lead to 4-0 when she drilled a three-run homer to left field.
           
Wilkes would tack on an insurance run in the fifth inning to close out the scoring. Taylor and Grohol started the frame with singles. After they both advanced on a delayed double steal, Evanich lofted a sacrifice fly that scored
Taylor and made it 5-0.
           
Bracone had a homerun and double to lead a 10-hit Wilkes attack in the nightcap. Nichole McCloskey chipped in with a pair of singles, while Nunemacher and Katie Orr had a double apiece. 


(4/1) Wilkes 2 King's 1
King's 9 Wilkes 1
Wilkes University’s Laurie Agresti twirled a one-hitter and Samantha Evanich drilled a two-run homerun to lead the Lady Colonels to a 2-1 victory over Freedom Conference rival King’s College in the opening game of their twinbill on Saturday afternoon at the Ralston Complex. In the nightcap, Kelsey Shreaves surrendered only one hit to pace King’s to a 9-1 victory.
           
Wilkes sees their overall record move to 9-9 and they remain tied with King’s atop the Freedom Conference standings with identical 5-1 records. The Lady Monarchs are now 18-4 overall. 
           
The Lady Colonels scored both of their runs in the bottom of the first inning in the opener. With one out Allison Grohol singled and Evanich followed with her sixth homerun of the season to give Wilkes a 2-0 lead.
           
The game would stay that way until the fourth when Kate Shiffer drew a one-out walk and Shreaves cracked a double to put runners on second and third. Cassie Shiffer would drive home Kate Shiffer with a sacrifice fly to cut the Wilkes lead to 2-1.
           
That is as close as the Lady Monarchs would get thanks to Agresti. The junior retired the last nine hitters she faced, including all three hitters in both the sixth and seventh innings by strikeout. Agresti, who led Division III in strikeouts per game during each of the last two seasons, struck out 13 for the game and allowed only two walks. 
           
Nikki Kotula enjoyed a solid showing on the mound for King’s. Kotula gave up only the two first inning hits. She struck out seven and walked four.
           
In the nightcap, Shreaves gave up a solo homerun to Evanich in the first inning to give Wilkes a 1-0 lead. However, that is the last hit that Wilkes would get off of the freshman as Shreaves retired 17 of the final 19 hitters. The only two Lady Colonels to reach base during the stretch did so via the walk.
           
King’s would plate four runs in the fifth inning to overcome the one-run deficit. Kate Shiffer singled and moved to second on an error. Shreaves followed with a single to score pinch-runner Nicole Conger and tie the game at 1-1. With Shreaves on third and two outs, Leanne Harvey singled up the middle to give King’s a 2-1 lead. Singles by Abbey Knoblauch and Justine Maggio loaded the bases before Kotula singled to score two runs and give the Lady Monarchs a 4-1 advantage. 
           
King’s would pad their lead with five runs in their final at-bat. 
Harvey reached on an error and Knoblauch singled to start the inning. After both runners advanced a base on a passed ball, Maggio walked to load the bases. Kotula drilled a bases-clearing double that upped the King’s lead to 7-1. A single by Mari Valonis would scored Kotula and make it 8-1. Cassie Shiffer would single to score Valonis with the game’s final run.
           
Kotula had two hits, including a double, and drove in five runs to pace the Lady Monarchs offensively. Knoblauch and Valonis contributed two singles apiece. 


(3/28) Moravian 4 Wilkes 2
Moravian 8 Wilkes 0 (5 innings)
Moravian College swept a non-conference softball doubleheader from visiting Wilkes University on Tuesday afternoon, winning the first game 4-2 and posted an 8-0 win in five innings in the nightcap. The 17th-ranked Greyhounds improve to 15-3 overall, while the Lady Colonels see their overall record move to 8-8.
           
In the opener, Wilkes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Melisa Bracone doubled and Jan Nunemacher walked to start the frame. Julie Henry singled to drive home Bracone. Moravian also committed an error on the play that allowed Nunemacher to score and give the Lady Colonels the two-run advantage.
           
Moravian would respond with three unearned runs in their half of the second. Lauren Homa reached on a one-out error and Kelly Santry doubled to put runners on second and third. Homa would score on an error that allowed Danielle Carrione to reach base. Santry would tie the game at 2-2 when she raced home on a wild pitch. Megan Ritchey and Erica Klepeisz had consecutive infield singles to load the bases. After Carrione was forced out at the plate on a ground ball by Jordan Oplinger, Beth Paly singled to score Ritchey and give Moravian a 3-2 lead.
           
The Greyhound tacked on an insurance run in the third on a Carrione single that scored Meagan Hennessy to extend their lead to 4-2.
           
Hennessy improved to 9-1 on the mound for Moravian by tossing a complete game and allowing only five hits. She struck out 11 and gave up only one earned run. Laurie Agresti suffered the loss for Wilkes to fall to 4-3. She was tagged for nine hits in six innings of work. Agresti fanned five and surrendered only one earned run.
           
Carrione was the lone two-time hitter for the Greyhounds. Henry was the only Wilkes player with two hits in the contest.
           
In the nightcap, Moravian took advantage of three Wilkes errors in the fourth inning to break open a scoreless game. The Greyhounds scored all eight of their runs in the frame, with seven of those runs being unearned.
           
Sheri Bieniek singled to start the inning. A two-base error on a ball hit by Carrione put runners at second and third. After Klepeisz grounded out, Oplinger singled to score Bieniek and make it 1-0. Paly added an infield single to load the bases. Justina Black then reached on an error that allowed both Carrione and Oplinger to score and up the lead to 3-0. A single by Richelle McWilliams would drive home Paly to increase the lead to 4-0.
           
Homa singled to score Black and Santry had an infield single to load the bases. Carrione singled to score Homa. The ball was misplayed in the outfield allowing Santry to also race home and make it 7-0. A Klepeisz single plated Bieniek, who reached early in the inning on a fielder’s choice, with the final run of the inning.
           
Kristie Pellicani picked up the pitching victory for Moravian to improve to 5-1. She gave up four hits and struck out seven. Samantha Evanich took the loss for Wilkes to see her record move to 3-2. Evanich gave up 14 hits and all eight runs, only one of which was earned.
           
Klepeisz, Homa and Bieniek had a single and double apiece for the Greyhounds. Black and Carrione contributed a pair of single each. 
           
Nadine Taylor, Allison Grohol, Katie DeBias and Evanich had the hits for Wilkes.



(3/26) Wilkes 8 FDU-Florham 0 (6 innings)
Wilkes 11 FDU-Florham 3 (5 innings)
Wilkes University remained unbeaten in Freedom Conference softball play with a pair of victories at FDU-Florham on Sunday afternoon. The Lady Colonels notched an 8-0 win in six innings in the opening game, before scoring an 11-3 win in five innings in the nightcap.
           
The sweep improves the Lady Colonels to 8-6 overall and 4-0 in conference play. FDU-Florham falls to 7-6 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
           
Laurie Agresti continued her dominance on the mound for Wilkes in game one. The junior allowed only two hits and struck out 10 to improve to 4-2 on the hill and lower her earned run average to a mere 0.39. Katelyn Smith took the loss after allowing 11 hits and all eight runs, only one of which was earned, in six innings.
           
Samantha Evanich put Wilkes on top with a solo homerun in the first inning. The Lady Colonels added three runs in the second to jump out to a 4-0 lead. Kathy Dalton had a run-scoring double and Nadine Taylor added an RBI-single during the outburst.
           
Jan Nunemacher singled and scored on an FDU-Florham error in the third to up the Wilkes lead to 5-0. They would then put the game away by scoring three times in the sixth inning. Evanich cracked her second homerun of the game, a three-run shot that accounted for the Lady Colonels runs.
           
Evanich had a pair of homeruns and drove in four to lead Wilkes offensively. 
Dalton contributed a pair of doubles. Taylor had a single and double and Nunemacher and Melisa Bracone added two singles each. Kelly Nover and Amanda Morrison had a single each for the Devils.
           
Evanich picked up the pitching victory for the Lady Colonels in game two to up her mound record to 3-1. The freshman allowed only four hits and struck out four. Julie Hartnett took the loss for FDU-Florham. She was tagged for 15 hits and 11 runs in 4.2 innings of work.
           
After FDU-Florham took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI-double by Jen Haas, Wilkes scored twice in the second to take a 2-1 lead. Alex Ingram laced a run-scoring single and
Taylor drove in the other Wilkes run with a bases-loaded walk.
           
The Lady Colonels plated three runs in the third to extend their lead to 5-1. Bracone doubled and Nunemacher reached on a fielder’s choice to put runners on first and third. Julie Henry followed with a three-run homer to give Wilkes a four-run lead.
           
The lead would grow to 7-1 in the fourth thanks to two more runs. Allison Grohol doubled to lead off the inning. After two outs were registered, Nunemacher stepped to the plate and smacked a two-run homer.
           
The Devils would cut the lead to 7-3 in their half of the fourth. Morrison delivered the first run of the inning with a single and Jess Mantz would plate the second run with a sacrifice fly.
           
However, Wilkes responded with four runs in the fifth to end the game due to the eight-run rule. Ingram singled and
Dalton doubled to place runners at second and third with one out. After Taylor flew out for the second out of the inning, Grohol doubled to score both runners and make it 9-3. Evanich would then help her own cause with her two-run homer that pushed the lead to 11-3.
           
Ingam had three of the Lady Colonels 15 hits in the nightcap. Nunemacher and Henry had a single and homerun each. Grohol contributed two doubles, while
Dalton had a single and double.
           
Haas was the lone two-time hitter for the Devils with a single and double. Morrison and Christina Fabian had a single apiece. 



(3/25) Wilkes 8 Delaware Valley 0 (5 innings)
Wilkes 7 Delaware Valley 0
Wilkes University opened their Freedom Conference softball schedule on Saturday afternoon by sweeping a doubleheader at Delaware Valley College. The Lady Colonels posted an 8-0 win in five innings in the first game and notched a 7-0 victory in game two. The sweep improves Wilkes to 6-6 overall and 2-2 in the conference, while the Aggies slip to 5-8 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
           
In the opener, Laurie Agresti allowed only one hit and fanned nine to help Wilkes to the 8-0 win. The only hit that Agresti allowed was a one out infield single to Kristin Lup. Kirstyn Ruhling suffered the loss for
Delaware Valley after surrendering 12 hits and seven earned runs in five frames.
           
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead in the second on an rbi-single by Sarah Miller. The Lady Colonels would extend the lead to 3-0 when Katie Orr raced home on an Aggie error and Julie Henry ripped a run-scoring single in the fifth.
           
The Lady Colonels would put the game away by scoring five times in the fifth inning. Samantha Evanich started the spurt with a two-run double to make it 5-0. Jan Nunemacher upped the lead to 6-0 with a double that plated Evanich. Henry added another single that plated a run and Miller cracked a double that scored the final Wilkes run and made it 8-0.
           
Miller finished with three hits, including a double, and drove in a pair to lead the Wilkes offensive attack. Evanich had two hits, including a double, and drove in a pair, while Henry had two singles and two runs batted in.
           
In the nightcap, Wilkes broke open a close game by scoring three times in both the sixth and seventh innings on their way to the 7-0 win. Evanich pitched a complete game and allowed only three hits to gain the win on the hill for the Lady Colonels. Stephanie Raziano was tagged with the loss after giving up 11 hits and seven earned runs in seven innings for
Delaware Valley.
           
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead in the third when Alex Ingram was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a double by Kathy Dalton, and scored on a single by Nadine Taylor. The Lady Colonels extended their lead to 4-0 in the sixth by scoring three times. Henry lofted a sacrifice fly that scored Erin Plank, who had singled earlier in the inning. Miller would come around to score on a double by
Dalton to make it 3-0. Dalton scored the final run of the inning following a Taylor triple.
           
The Lady Colonels would tack on three more runs in the seventh to pull away. Evanich walked and was replaced by pinch-runner Kaitlyn Kormanik. After a single by Nunemacher put runners on first and second, Plank cleared the bases with a three-run homer to make it 7-0.
           
Taylor had three hits, including a triple, and drove in a pair for Wilkes. Plank had a single and homerun and drove in three. Dalton added a pair of doubles, while Nunemacher had two singles.
           
Stephanie Sedeyn, Robyn Jackson and Kelly Andrews had a single apiece to account for the three
Delaware Valley hits.


(3/11) Wilkes 9 Cabrini 4
Allegheny 9 Wilkes 4
Wilkes University concluded play in the Salisbury University Sea Gull Invitational on Saturday by splitting a pair of games. The Lady Colonels began the day with a 9-4 win over Cabrini College. Wilkes fell to Allegheny College 9-4 in their second contest of the day. The split moves the Lady Colonels to 4-6 overall as they head home from their spring trip.
           
Laurie Agresti picked up the victory in relief of Wilkes starting pitcher Kaitlyn Kormanik in the win over Cabrini (1-8). Agresti pitched the final three and two-thirds innings and allowed just one hit and no runs, while striking out eight. Kormanik went the initial three and one-third innings on the mound. She allowed four runs and four hits.
           
Nadine Taylor had a pair of hits, including a homerun, and drove in two runs for the Lady Colonels. Shelley Pheiff, Samantha Evanich and Nichole McCloskey chipped in with two hits apiece for Wilkes, while Kathy Dalton ripped a two-run homer. 
           
In the nightcap, Giannina Coccaro pitched five solid innings to lift Allegheny to the win. Coccaro gave up five hits and two runs to earn the win. Maureen Pelot, who was tagged for six earned runs and nine hits in four innings of work, took the loss for Wilkes.
               
Abby Bodenlos, Crystal Ptacek and Rachel Ryan had two hits apiece for the Gators, who evened their record at 2-2. Melisa Bracone had two hits and Julie Henry cracked a double to pace Wilkes offensively.



(3/10) Lynchburg 4 Wilkes 2
Wilkes 3 York (PA) 0
The Wilkes University softball team split their two games on the opening day of the Sea Gull Invitational at Salisbury University on Friday. In game one Lynchburg College posted a 4-2 victory over the Lady Colonels. Wilkes rebounded to earn a 3-0 victory over York College (PA) in their second game. The split moves the Lady Colonels to 3-5 overall. 
           
In the opener against
Lynchburg (9-0), Shay Drake picked up the pitching victory for the Hornets. She gave up five hits and fanned three in six innings of work. Samantha Evanich took the loss for Wilkes after surrendering eight hits and three earned runs in going the distance. She also finished with eight strikeouts. 
           
Drake and Caroline Cubbage had a single and double apiece to lead
Lynchburg at the plate. Evanich was the top hitter for Wilkes with a single and two-run homer. Allison Grohol chipped in with a pair of singles.
           
Laurie Agresti limited
York to just one hit to lead the Lady Colonels to a victory in their second game of the day. She struck out eight and did not allow a hit until Laura Hauck’s single with one out in the seventh inning. Nicole Kerfoot, who allowed six hits for York, was tagged with the loss.
           
Sarah Elliott ripped a two-run homer in the second inning to lead Wilkes at the plate. Katie DeBias added a double, while Evanich had a run-scoring single that gave the Lady Colonels a 1-0 lead in the first inning.


(3/7) Chowan 4 Wilkes 3 (8 innings)
Chowan 6 Wilkes 2
Division II Chowan College swept a non-conference softball doubleheader from visiting Wilkes University on Tuesday afternoon. The Braves notched a 4-3 win in eight innings the opener, before posting a 6-2 victory in the nightcap. Chowan improves to 9-4 with the two victories, while the Lady Colonels see their mark fall to 2-4. 

Chowan overcame a 3-1 deficit in the opener to fashion the win. The Braves pushed across a run with one out in the eighth inning to make a winner out of starting pitcher Stephanie Myane. Myane went all eight innings and allowed eight hits, while striking out six. Laurie Agresti, who surrendered nine hits and two earned runs, was tagged with the loss. Agresti also had 13 strikeouts in the contest.

Marianne Weir led the Chowan offensive attack with three hits. Eryn Marshall added a pair of singles. Samantha Evanich had two hits, including a two-run homer for Wilkes. The Lady Colonels also got a double apiece from Katie Orr and Sarah Miller.

In the nightcap, the Braves raced out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back in gaining the win. Kayla Meacom pitched the first four innings for Chowan to nab the win, while Jessica Stauty earned a save after tossing the final three frames. Sarah Plavchak took the loss for Wilkes after allowing ten hits and six runs, three of which were earned, in six innings of work.

Ashley Rountree was the leading hitter for Chowan with a single and double. Melisa Bracone had a single and double and Nadine Tylor had a two-bagger to lead Wilkes offensively.


(3/4) Wilkes 3 Rutgers-Newark 0
Oneonta State 5 Wilkes 2
The Wilkes University softball team split their final two games to finish 2-2 at the Atlantic vs. East Challenge hosted by VirginiaWesleyan College

The Lady Colonels posted a 3-0 victory over Rutgers-Newark in their first game on Saturday. Freshman Kaitlyn Kormanik twirled six innings of scoreless ball, allowing only three hits and striking out a pair to pick up the pitching victory for Wilkes. Sarah Plavchak pitched a perfect seventh with one strikeout to earn the save.

Wilkes would score all three of their runs off of losing pitcher Christine Sciarra in the fourth inning. Melisa Bracone cracked a two-run homer and Heidi Sauers drove in a run with a single to account for the three Lady Colonels runs.

In their final game of the event Wilkes suffered a 5-2 loss to Oneonta State. Nicole Marshall was the winning pitcher for the Red Dragons. She went seven innings and allowed six hits and two earned runs, while striking out eight. Maureen Pelot was tagged with the loss for Wilkes after she surrendered six hits and three earned runs. Pelot was credited with seven strikeouts. 

Jamie Llewellyn had two hits and Allison Bandos and Shannon Egan had run-scoring singles to lead the Oneonta State offensive attack. Samantha Evanich had three hits, including a double, and drove in a pair for Wilkes. The Lady Colonels also got a single and double from Erin Plank.


(3/3) Rutgers-Camden 1 Wilkes 0
Wilkes 3 Christopher Newport 0
The Wilkes University softball team opened their 2006 season on Friday by splitting their first two games at the Atlantic vs. East Challenge at VirginiaWesleyan College
           
The Lady Colonels opened the day with a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to 9th-ranked Rutgers-Camden. The game was scoreless through six innings before Rutgers-Camden scored an unearned run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to squeeze out the win. 

Jayme Feriol drove in the only run of the game with the only hit the Scarlet Raptors could muster off of Wilkes hurler Laurie Agresti. Agresti struck out 15, while her counterpart from Rutgers-Camden, Michelle Schlichtig, gave up only two hits and struck out nine. Erin Plank and Alex Ingram had the hits off Schlichtig for Wilkes.

In their second game of the day the Lady Colonels posted a 3-0 win over Christopher Newport. Freshman Samantha Evanich tossed a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts in her first collegiate start. Allison Grohol led the way offensively for Wilkes with two doubles and a triple. Sarah Elliott had two hits, including a double, while Colleen Labor and Melisa Bracone had two singles apiece.
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