Softball Set to Host Ramapo in NCAA Championship Super Regional

Softball Set to Host Ramapo in NCAA Championship Super Regional


AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College softball team will host Ramapo College in a 2017 NCAA Division III Championship Super Regional on Thursday and Friday, May 18-19 at the Amherst Softball Field.

Thursday's game one will take place at 4 p.m. with game two on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. If necessary, the teams will then play a third game beginning at approximately 3:30 p.m. Amherst will be the home team for game one, while Ramapo will be the home team for game two. A double coin flip will determine who bats as the home team for game three. Following the best-of-three Super Regional, the winner will advance to the 2017 NCAA Championship along with seven other squads to compete for the national title. The NCAA tournament is scheduled for May 25-30 at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Each of this week's NCAA Super Regional games will have live stats and live webcast courtesy of the Northeast Sports Network (NSN).

Thursday, May 18 * 4 p.m.
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Friday, May 19 * 1 p.m.
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Friday, May 19 * 3:30 p.m. (if necessary)
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(31-10 overall, 10-2 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats
Amherst punched its ticket to its first-ever NCAA Super Regional appearance after winning each of its three games in regional action last weekend at host Springfield College. The Mammoths defeated UMass Boston, 11-2 (5 innings) in game one, and the Salve Regina University, 2-0 in game two. The regional final then saw Amherst take down the Beacons, 6-2 as the program captured its first-ever NCAA regional title. The Mammoths, who are in the midst of their fourth NCAA tournament run (1998, 1999, 2012, 2017), currently stand at 31-10 overall in 2017, and are now 8-6 in national postseason games.

Key Players

Batting Average  Kyra Naftel - .433
 Lauren Tuiskula - .420
 Andrea Sanders - .342
On Base Percentage   Lauren Tuiskula - .469
Kyra Naftel - .456  Sammy Salustri - .412
Slugging Percentage    Kate Kopatic - .532 Ally Kido - .486
Kyra Naftel - .482
RBI  Alena Marovitz - 36  Kate Kopatic - 28  Kyra Naftel - 26
ERA  Gina Pagan - 1.31  Lorena Ukanwa - 3.11  Jackie Buechler - 4.51

(32-9 overall, 17-1 NJAC) - Schedule/Roster/Stats 
Ramapo (32-9) won three straight games at the Ithaca Regional over the weekend surrendering only three runs. They defeated Susquehanna University 4-1 to open regional play before they defeated host Ithaca College 3-0 on day two. After being down 2-0 to Ithaca heading into the sixth inning of the regional title game, the Roadrunners scored two runs to tie the game and held the Bombers in the top of the seventh setting up the comeback, 3-2 victory in the bottom of the seventh. Ramapo is making its second appearance in the NCAA Championship in the last three seasons and the seventh overall (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2017). The program has a 14-12 overall record in national tournament play.

Key Players

Batting Average  Ally Spellman - .412
 Nicole Mahoney - .387
 Jackie Howarth - .350
On Base Percentage   Nicole Mahoney - .486
Ally Spellman - .471
 Jackie Howarth - .415
Slugging Percentage    Nicole Mahoney - .630
Grace Brennan - .585 Harper Patsko - .571
RBI Nicole Mahoney - 37
Harper Patsko - 30 Shannon Cox - 21
ERA  Christina Brizek - 1.70
  Erin Fitzsimmons - 1.81
Katrina Kuczkowski - 1.84