ANGOLA, Ind. – DePauw broke a 5-5 tie by scoring 14 runs with two outs in the top of the seventh inning Saturday and defeated Washington & Jefferson, 19-7, in an elimination game of the NCAA Division III women’s softball tournament at Trine University.
The loss ends the Presidents’ season with a 25-12 record. W&J was making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament after winning its third Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship.
W&J scored the first two runs of the game in the second inning on Courtney Roperti’s two-out, two-run single. After DePauw scored a run in the third, W&J pushed its lead to 3-1 on Jen Bahm’s single in the bottom of the third.
DePauw took the lead at 5-3 by scoring four unearned runs in the fourth, but W&J responded with a two-run double by Ashley Cunningham in the bottom of the inning to tie the score.
The score remained 5-5 until the top of the seventh, when DePauw (27-19) broke the game open in unthinkable fashion. The Tigers had a runner on second base with two outs when a W&J throwing error allowed the go-ahead run to score and the inning to continue.
Before the inning would end, DePauw would score 14 runs. After taking the 6-5 lead, the Tigers strung together a walk, nine hits, a fielder’s choice and another W&J error. Sammi Bell hit a three-run homer to cap the inning.
The Presidents scored their final runs in the bottom of the seventh, when Breanna Gleason’s double scored Bahm and Kelsey Cunningham followed with a run-scoring single.
Cunningham had two hits and finished her career as W&J’s all-time leader in hits and runs.
Of the 19 DePauw runs, only one was earned as the Presidents committed three costly errors.