VSN (admin) Published Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – 07:39 PM
CHICKASHA, Okla. – Wednesday afternoon, the No. 1 seed University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (50-8, 28-4 SAC) advanced to the 2022 NAIA Softball World Series with an exhilarating 5-2 victory against No. 2 College of Idaho (43 -17, 22-8 CCC).
USAO reached the 50-win milestone for the third time in program history and will appear in their sixth World Series.
The Drovers emerged victorious in all three of their Opening Round games, defeating No. 4 Mount Marty 1-0 on Monday, followed by a 2-0 victory against College of Idaho on Tuesday and another win against the Yotes on Wednesday.
Despite playing on their home field, the Drovers were the away team on the scoreboard for the Opening Round finale.
Science & Arts got the offense going early, bringing across one run on a bunt single from Amanda Moreno (SR/Moore, OK). However, the Yotes immediately responded to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first.
College of Idaho took a 2-1 lead with a solo-homerun in the second inning and remained in the lead until the fourth.
In the top of the fourth inning, Savannah Ashford (SR/Sulphur, OK) provided the knockout blow with a three-run homerun over the centerfield fence, giving the Drovers a 4-2 lead.
USAO added their final run in the sixth inning, on a RBI-single from Suni Meely (SR/Tecumseh, OK), prior to holding the Yotes scoreless over the final two innings to close out the victory.
As a team, the Drovers strung together six hits to produce their five runs. Additionally, USAO reached base three times on errors and two more times on walks.
Amanda Moreno paced the offensive attack with a 3-4 performance which included a run scored, a stolen base, and a run batted in.
Ashford went 1-3 with her sixth homer of the season and three RBIs. Meely also finished 1-3, with a run batted in.
Macenzie Ruth (SO/Sulphur, OK) finished 1-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. Sierra Selfridge (FR/Mustang, OK) did not record a hit, but she was able to score a pair of runs.
Emily Cerny (SR/Newcastle, OK) was spectacular in the circle for the third time in the Opening Round, earning her 31st win of the season. Cerny allowed only two earned runs on two hits, and she struck out 10 batters in 7.0 innings of work.
In the Opening Round, Cerny went 3-0 with a 0.66 ERA, and she struck out 34 batters in 21.0 innings pitched.
This season, Cerny owns a 0.90 earned run average, and 358 strikeouts in 218.1 innings pitched.
The NAIA’s all-time wins leader and two-time NAIA Pitcher of the Year continued to climb the all-time strikeout list and sits in second with 1,384. She needs just 27 more strikeouts to tie the all-time strikeouts record.
The five-time SAC Pitcher of the Year ranks first in NAIA history in career appearances (181), first in innings pitched (1,010.0), second in shutouts (62), second in complete games (129), second in no-hitters ( 15), and second in strikeouts (1,384). Cerny’s career win-loss record is now 141-20, having her won 87.6 percent of her outings from her.
The Drovers will begin their road to their second national championship as they battle No. 4 seed Oregon Tech at 3:00 PM CT on Thursday, May 26 in Columbus, Ga.
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