MATTOON, ILL. — St. Mary-of-the-Woods won its two pool games, thumping Penn State-Beaver 11-1 and Briarcliffe 18-1 in a pair of five-inning affairs to open play in the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association national softball tournament Friday at the Roundhouse Complex.
The Woods (22-13) will enter bracket play today at 11 a.m. against Judson (Ala.), then would play an undetermined opponent at 3 p.m. The championship game is slated for 7 p.m.
In the opener, junior Ashley Loomis improved to 11-1, tossing a four-hitter. She was also 2 for 4 at the plate with a pair of doubles. Erica Ketner was 2 for 3 with two doubles, while Allison Tomey was 2 for 3 with four RBIs.
In the nighcap, the Woods spotted Briarcliffe a 1-0 in the first inning, then exploded for 13 runs in the bottom of the second.
Loomis hit a pair of home runs, giving her 11 on the season, with four RBIs, while Amanda Daniel hit her fifth home run and had three RBIs. Tomey was 2 for 3 with a double.
SMWC 160 04 — 11 12 0
Penn St.-Beaver 000 01 — 1 4 0
Loomis (W, 11-1) and Brackney; Neely and Verrico.
Briarcliffe 100 00 — 1 6 1
SMWC 0(13)3 2X — 18 9 1
Maxwell and Hammer; Mosier (W, 6-5) and E.Ketner. HR — SMWC: Loomis 2 (11), Daniel (5).
Next game — SMWC (22-13) will oppose Judson (Ala.) at 11 a.m. CDT today to open bracket play in the USCAA national championships. The Pomeroys also will play an undetermined opponent at 3 p.m. CDT. The championship game is scheduled for 7.