Thomas More Falls to Anderson In NCAA Tournament Elimination Game

(ANGOLA, Ind.) - The seventh-seeded Thomas More College softball team fell, 9-6, to eighth-seeded Anderson University today (Saturday, May 11, 2013) in an elimination game of the NCAA Division III Championship's Angola, Indiana Regional hosted by Trine University at Trine Softball Field in Angola, Indiana.

With the loss, the Saints end the season at 29-19.  With the win, the Ravens advance to play either top-seeded Trine or second-seeded Capital University in another elimination game later today.

Anderson jumped out to a 7-0 lead after four innings as it scored two in the first, two in the third and three in the fourth. 

Thomas More then cut the lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the fifth as sophomore second baseman Hannah Curtis (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) hit a two-run batted-in double, scoring sophomore left fielder Catie Luck (Maineville, Ohio/Little Miami) and sophomore designated player Jackie Raabe (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) and then freshman shortstop Ana Walter (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon) had RBI walk, scoring junior center fielder Ashley Fletcher (Lebanon, Ohio/Springboro).  The Ravens plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend their lead to 9-3.

In the top of the sixth the Saints scored three runs as Fletcher had an RBI single scoring Raabe, junior third baseman Alex Walter (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon) had an RBI single scoring Fletcher and junior first baseman Stefaney Turner (Franklin, Ohio/Carlisle) hit an RBI single scoring freshman left fielder/pitcher Mamee Salzer (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry), but it wasn't enough as Anderson won the game, 9-6.

Two Saints had multiple hits in the game as Fletcher was three-for-five with a RBI and a two runs scored and Luck was two-for-four with a run scored.

Junior pitcher Ronni Burns (Dayton, Ohio/Carroll) suffered the loss in the circle as she pitched three and two-third innings and gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and struck out one.  Salzer pitched two and a third innings of relief and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and struck out three.