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Shepherd University’s softball team has earned its sixth NCAA Division II tournament berth in school history.

The Rams were picked to be a part of the 48-team field during the selection process on Sunday night.

Shepherd is the second seed in the tournament and has a first-round bye. The Rams will face the West Chester-Clafin winner at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at Kutztown.

Six teams are at each of the eight regional sites in double-elimination tournaments, which run through May 22.

The winners advance to the NCAA Division II finals, which will be held May 27-31, at Assembly Athletic Complex in Denver.

Six members of the Rams’ squad achieved All-PSAC East Team honors.

Junior third-baseman Nicole Purtell and sophomore designated player Cameron Davis were named to the league’s first team. Second-team picks for Shepherd include senior Leann Brown (second base), graduate student Allison Baker (outfield), freshman Isabella Forte (outfield) and sophomore Katie Laing (pitcher).

Purtell leads the Rams in batting (.450) and on-base percentage (.548). Davis bats .398 with a .761 slugging percentage.

Brown bats .364 and is 10 for 10 in stolen bases. Baker bats .339. Laing has a 3.39 ERA with 40 strikeouts. Forte bats .403 and is 7 of 7 in stolen bases.

Laing was also named PSAC’s Softball Champion Scholar. She is the first champion scholar for Shepherd in softball. Purtell, Davis and Forte were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Atlantic All-Region Team.

Purtell and Davis made the first team.  Forte made the second team.

Baseball

Millersville ousted Shepherd from the PSAC Tournament last Wednesday, 11-4, at Millersville.

Joey Schwartz had two hits with a home run for the Rams (22-14-1).

PREP BASEBALL

Jefferson’s baseball team had a rough start to last week, but came back with authority.

The Cougars lost an 8-1 road game to James Wood in Winchester on Monday, May 10, but came back with a vengeance in their next four games, sweeping all four.

Jefferson defeated host Washington last Wednesday, 8-3, then continued on the road for three more wins, defeating Buckhannon on Friday, 16-3; then taking single-game victories on Saturday over Bridgeport, 6-1, and George Washington, 6-5.

Last week’s 4-1 performance pushes the Cougars’ record to 16-1 to start the week.

Jefferson hammered out 11 hits against Washington. Connor Bailey and Cullen Horowicz each had three hits. Isaiah Morris had two. Regan Allinger drove in three runs.

Riley Vadasz pitched a complete-game victory for the Cougars.

In a five-inning game, because of the 10-run rule,  Kamien Gonzalez paced Jefferson in the Buckhannon win on Friday with three hits. Zac Rose had two.

Gonzalez had three hits in the Cougars’ win over Bridgeport on Saturday. Sam Wabnitz had a pair of hits. Later that day, Jefferson broke a 1-1 tie with George Washington with a five-run seventh inning, then held off GW in the bottom of the seventh for the victory.

Rose drove in a pair of runs for the Cougars. On the mound, he struck out six batters.

Following its loss to Jefferson, Washington dropped to 7-12, with losses to Morgantown (9-8) and Logan (6-5) on Saturday. The 6-5 loss to Logan was a heartbreaker. With the score tied at 5 in the bottom of the seventh, Logan scored a single run for the win.

Ty Broughton had an RBI for the Patriots.

PREP SOFTBALL

Washington’s softball team continues to march on with a successful season.

The Patriots are carrying a 15-3 record into the start of the week, thanks to five straight wins.

Washington’s Maddy Ruffner had 14 strikeouts in a 10-0 shutout at Spring Mills on Tuesday, May 11. Carly Crowder had a pair of hits for the Patriots.

Washington swept a road twinbill from Berkeley Springs last Wednesday, 19-1, 4-3. Brittany Cenate and Cam Noland each had two hits for the Patriots in the first game.

In Wednesday’s second game, the Patriots scored a single run in the eighth for the win.

Summer Burns, Maddy Ruffner and Meaghan Ruffner each had two hits for Washington. Ruffner continued her domination on the mound with 12 strikeouts.

On Saturday, the Patriots continued on their tear with a 6-0, 5-3 sweep of Sherando at Stephens City, Virginia. Cenate and Noland each had two hits in the first game. Ruffner fired a no-hitter with 18 strikeouts.

In Saturday’s second game, Burns and Crowder each had two hits. Crowder had five strikeouts.

Jefferson’s softball team went 1-2 last week, defeating Spring Mills on Monday, May 10, 13-5, but dropping 11-4 and 17-2 road games last Wednesday to Moorefield and Petersburg, respectively.

The Cougars started off the week at 11-7.

Lacie Lewis, Emilie Mason and Rylee Tucker all had three hits in the road win at Spring Mills. Shelby Harris picked up the win with six strikeouts.

Mason had three hits for the Cougars against Moorefield.

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