Thursday, May 19, 2022 | 6:52 p.m.
The Seton Hill softball team moved one game closer to NCAA Division II World Series qualifying on Thursday by defeating host Kutztown, 7-0, in the Atlantic Super Regional Championship.
Morgan Ryan, the Notre Dame transfer who played at Hempfield, threw a six-hit shutout and helped her through with an RBI hit. She walked none and struck out five. It was his 17th win of the season and his sixth shutout.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is at 1 p.m. Friday in Kutztown.
Seton Hill (40-10) scored seven runs in the fourth inning to take command.
Brooke Clelland (Penn-Trafford) started the rally with a single. After Grace Paredes walked, both runners were sacrificed on base by Nina Grandey.
Mackenzie Zang then delivered a two-run single. Jenna Osikowicz (Hempfield) reached on an error, and Ryan hit Zang at home for a 3-0 lead. Brooklyn Fukuhima had a two-run hit, and Clelland and Paredes then added RBI hits.
Osikowicz and Clelland each had two hits.
It was Seton Hill’s first game in the Super Regional.
Seton Hill Baseball Rolls
During the regular season, Slippery Rock defeated Seton Hill four times.
The Rock started the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional in West Chester by opening a two-point lead. They won’t score again as the Griffins (32-17-1) claim a 10-2 victory.
Seton Hill will play at 11 a.m. Friday against West Chester or Slippery Rock.
The Griffins scored five times in the third innings, added singles in the fourth and fifth innings, and iced the win with a three-run seventh.
Seton Hill recorded 19 hits, including four from Neal McDermott (Greensburg Central Catholic) and three each from Braden Durham and Vincenzo Rauso. McDermott, Rauso, Owen Sabol (Norwin) and Jack Oberdorf (Greensburg Salem) had two RBIs each. Oberdorf had two hits, including a double, and Sabol homered.
A trio of pitchers, Brandon Bergert, Marshall McGraw and Ian Korn, limited Slippery Rock to eight hits.
Pitcher Nash Bryan and Oberdorf were named to the All-Atlantic Region team. Bryan was named to the first team and Oberdorf to the second team.
Keywords: Greensburg CCGreensburg Salem, Hempfield, Norwin, Penn Trafford