Courtesy WPI Sports Information
MEDFORD, Mass. - Lindsay Gurska sent an RBI single through the right side in the bottom of the eighth as WPI edged Tufts, 3-2, in eight innings at the 2016 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Medford Regional winner's bracket final Saturday at Spicer Field.
The Engineers (37-7) snapped the Jumbos' (29-11) 13-game winning streak in the NCAA Tournament and now await the results of this afternoon's games to see who they play tomorrow at noon for the Regional title.
Salve Regina defeated Becker, 5-0, in the first elimination game of the weekend on Saturday afternoon. The Seahawks and the Jumbos play at 4 p.m. with the winner advancing to Sunday. WPI needs only one more win to capture the Regional crown.
In the Engineer eighth against Tufts today, Nina Murphy-Cook singled and stole second before moving to third on a single by Ama Biney. Biney also swiped a bag to put a pair in scoring position. After Murphy-Cook made it back to third safely following a rundown, and a lengthy discussion, Gurska ended the game with her hit.
The game was tied 1-1 after two complete thanks to RBI singles up the middle by Tufts Christina Raso in the first and WPI Katie Chagami with two outs in the bottom of the second.
Tufts had the bases juiced before an out was recorded in the top of the third. However, a sacrifice fly by Summer Horowitz, a ground out, and another fly ball netted only one run for a 2-1 advantage.
Biney drilled a two-out RBI single in the fifth to even it up before leading what ended up being a defensive clinic by both clubs over the balance of regulation with a diving rolling catch for the first out of sixth.
The bases were loaded once again for the Jumbos before WPI made the call to Clare Doolin, who induced an infield liner, a grounder that cut down the lead runner, and a swinging strikeout to keep the game knotted at 2-2 in the eighth.
Casey Arpin, who retired 12 consecutive batters, including a clean fifth, sixth and seventh, went seven-plus with 10 hits and a strikeout for the Engineers. Raina Galbiati, meanwhile, allowed eight hits in the complete-game for Tufts.
Murphy-Cook (two stolen bases) and Biney (stolen base) each had a pair of hits to go with a walk and a hit by Gurska and Chagami.
Carrie Copacino was the only Jumbo to log more than one hit, while Cassie Ruscz accounted for a hit and a walk.