May 14, 2010



Providence, R.I.-Junior designated player Caitlyn Seamster (Edison, NJ) belted a grand slam and knocked in five runs as top-seeded The College of New Jersey defeated sixth-seeded Baruch College, 10-2 (five innings) in game one at the Providence Regional of the 2010 NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament hosted by Rhode Island College.


The Lions advance to face the loser of No. 4 Wesleyan and No. 3 Kean University (2 p.m.) tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Baruch will face the loser of No. 5 Neumann University and No. 2 Moravian College (noon) today at 4 p.m.


TCNJ senior starter Ashley Minervini (Cliffside Park, NJ) earned her 16th win (16-6), allowing no earned runs on three hits. BC freshman starter Nicole Flint (Brentwood, NY) took the loss (5-7), allowing only four earned runs on nine hits.


Baruch took an early, 2-0, lead in the first inning as sophomore second baseman Melanie Pellegrino (Brooklyn, NY) walked and later scored on a throwing error. Sophomore first baseman Ashley Brandow (Staten Island, NY) singled and while on third, eventually scored as the Lions attempted to cut down junior catcher Idelissa Lluveres (Bronx, NY) as she was trying to go to third from second.


The Lions went ahead for good in the third with three runs. Seamster hit a sacrifice fly and sophomore catcher Michelle Kent (Sparta, NJ) doubled in a pair.


The College of New Jersey used a six run third to break open the contest. Sophomore left fielder Crystal Lee (Dover, NJ) led off with a triple and scored on freshman third baseman Kelly Hoemmenís (Ridgewood, NJ) sacrifice fly. Senior shortstop Ellen Seavers (Ridgewood, NJ) brought in freshman second baseman Ashley Sogluizzo (Middletown, NJ) with an outstanding bunt single. With two down and a 2-1 count, Seamster crushed a bases loaded bomb over the left center field fence for her third homer of the season.


The Lions added the decisive run in fourth on a Seaversí RBI double.


Lee went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and a run scored. Seavers also went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBI.