Softball2009 NCAA Women's College World Series
In a close elimination battle, Lehigh defeated Texas A&M, 3-2, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
Lehigh scored two runs in the first inning. With the bases loaded, center fielder Audra Wood scored on a throwing error by first baseman Rhiannon Kliesling. Pinch runner Ali Torborg scored on an RBI single by shortstop Jen Colquhoun to give Lehigh an early 2-0 lead.
The Mountain Hawks added another run in the third inning on an RBI double, also by Jen Colquhoun.
Texas A&M cut the lead to one in the top of the fifth with a two-run double by center fielder Kelsea Orsak. In the bottom half of the inning, Lehigh loaded the bases with one out, but was unable to get a runner home, leaving it a one-run game.
In the top of the seventh inning, Lehigh pitcher Lisa Sweeney issued a walk but struck out two to record the one-run victory.
Texas A&M fell to 32-22 on the season and is eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. Lehigh improved to 38-17-1 on the season and will face regional-host Florida on Sunday, May 17 at 1 p.m.
Lehigh Head Coach Fran Troyan
On winning two elimination games: “Coming out we needed to win two games today to make it to the finals tomorrow, and that’s obviously what we were trying to do. What makes me most proud is that they never gave up. Even when things got really dicey, and Texas A&M came back, we pulled through. I thought our kids did tremendous work in the sixth and seventh inning.”
Lehigh Freshman Shortstop Jen Colquhoun
On winning the game: “It feels great to actually to advance to Sunday, which has been our goal the whole time.”
On playing Florida on Sunday:“We’re just going to give it our all. We don’t expect much, but we will bring it out on top if we can. We have nothing to lose. We’re going to try to surprise these Gator fans.”
Lehigh Senior Pitcher Lisa Sweeney
On winning two elimination games: “We do well when our back is against the wall. We’re an incredible team and we had a lot of fun today. What we’ve been through this season has really helped us. The losing streak we went through made us a better team and made us more resilient. We battled back and it has been the perfect end to a great season.”
Texas A&M Head Coach Jo Evans
On the loss: “It’s tough, we came here expecting to be playing on championship Sunday. Not being there for that is going to be difficult. The expectations that we have for our program is to be playing on Sunday wherever we are. It’s certainly disappointing that we aren’t going to be playing tomorrow.”
On Lehigh: “It was an up-and-down season. Every time we play Lehigh, they always play us well. Their kids really fight hard. Lisa Sweeney was a warrior on the mound and really pitched well. She kept our hitters off balance and hit her spots all night. We just have to do a better job all around. Our inconsistency came back to haunt us.”
On their intensity: “I thought we played really well against Florida. They are a really good team and we brought a good level of intensity for that game. We needed to bring that same level of intensity for this game against Lehigh, but we came out flat. There is no excuse for that. We have some really good freshman coming in that should help with depth for next year. I think we have a really bright future.”
Freshman Center fielder Kelsea Orsak
On her hit to bring Texas A&M: “I looked to my teammates and knew that it was up to me to make a play. They believed in me and knew that I could do it. I made that hit for them.”