SALEM, Va. – Despite a phenomenal
pitching performance from senior Christina Berardi (Raynham,
Mass.), the No. 25 C.W. Post Pioneers ended their season with a 2-0
loss to Saginaw Valley in the NCAA Division II World Series
Saturday afternoon at Moyer Sports Complex.
Saginaw, who improves to 41-17 overall, will face North Georgia at 5 p.m. today. C.W. Post closes out 2011 with an overall record of 41-16.
Saginaw Valley pitcher Jade Fulton, whose bid for just the second no-hitter in championship history was broken up by a flared single to right by junior centerfielder Kerry Fisher (Barto, Pa.) in the seventh, struck out a game-high 15 batters and allowed just one hit and one walk. From the second inning up until the seventh, Fulton retired the side in 1-2-3 fashion.
Saginaw scored both of its runs in the top of the second after Gathright reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored all the way from first on a single to right field from Happ that got past junior right fielder Krysta Palazzo (Sea Cliff, N.Y.). The Cardinals tacked on the second run of the inning when Burdick tripled through the right side and nearly scored on the play before freshman shortstop Britney Agostini (Dover, Del.) caught the relay throw from the outfield and threw a strike home to junior catcher Kristen Morcone (Milford, Mass.) for the out.
The Pioneers, who had just two base runners on in the game, looked to be off to a promising beginning in the first when freshman left fielder Carly Chamberlain (Nesco, N.J.) earned a 3-2 walk. But Chamberlain never advanced past first as Fulton struck out the next three batters to get out of the jam.
Fisher reached with a one-out single in the seventh before Fulton got freshman third baseman Nicole Hagenah (Commack, N.Y.) and junior second baseman Kendall Bright (Manlius, N.Y.) out by way of the K.
Berardi’s final statline read as two runs on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts over seven innings.
Provided by the C.W. Post Sports Information Department.