CORTLAND, N.Y. — The No. 4 -ranked Williams College softball team (33-5) opens play at the 2019 NCAA Div. III Tournament Cortland, N.Y. Regional today at 3:30 p.m. against MASCAC Champion Framingham State (24-19). Host Cortland State (29-14) will take on St. John Fisher (26-15) at 1 p.m. in the regional's opening contest.
All 7 games will be webcast live. You can watch them HERE. If you're heading to Cortland, ticket prices are: Adults - $10, Senior Citizens/Veterans - $8, Students (with ID) - $7, Children under 12 - $5, Children under 2 - Free
Framingham State (24-19) received the MASCAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning three games on Saturday including defeating top seed Bridgewater State twice in the championship round of the MASCAC Tournament.
The Rams placed six players on the 2019 All-MASCAC 1stteam and senior pitcher Kelsi Gunarathne was chosen as the Pitcher of the Year.Joining Gunarathne on the first team are sophomore catcher Camille Desrochers, sophomore first baseman Grace Caughey, junior third baseman Kirsten Dick, senior outfielder Lauren Salisbury and freshman designated player Farrah Adam.
Gunarathne, the 2017 Pitcher of the Year, led the league in several categories, including wins (15), shutouts (4), strikeouts (115) and strikeouts per game (4.98). She was also second in ERA (2.38) and fourth in opponent batting average (.231). She currently holds the school record in single season wins (17) and career (52), innings pitched (530) and single season strikeouts (144) and career (428).
Desrochers caught in 41 of the Rams 43 games hitting .348 leading the conference in runs scored (47), doubles (21) and walks (21) while slugging .558 good for third in the league. Caughey anchored the Rams offense hitting .360 with 14 doubles, 2 homers and a school record 41 RBI. Caughey led the league in hits (54), RBI (41), fourth in runs scored (35) and also added six wins in the circle for the Rams. Dick anchored the hot corner for the Rams hitting at a .355 clip and a .446 OBP while scoring 29 times and chipping in 12 doubles, 3 homers and driving in 22. Salisbury, the 2019 MASCAC Tournament MVP, hit .396 which was good for second in the league and .511 in league play. She was second in the league in hits with 53 adding 8 doubles, a triple and a homer while scoring 25 times and driving in 35. Adam hit .326 with 3 doubles, a triple and a homer, driving in 33 runs including 18 in conference play.
Williams (33-5) fell to Tufts in the NESCAC Tournament Championship game Sunday, 3-2, snapping a 22-game win streak, a new program record. This is the seventh season of 30 or more wins and fifth straight. The Ephs finished Divisional Play (NESCAC West) 12-0, their first time unbeaten in divisional play since expanding from 8 to 12 games in 2007 (Finished 8-0 in 2001 and 2006). They also captured the 2019 Little 3 title.
Five Ephs were handed All-NESCAC Recognition Thursday. Senior shortstop Jessica Kim was selected the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year while first year Mara Kipnis was chosen as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Kim, junior P/UTL Rebecca Duncan, and junior P/UTL Kirstin Mapes were First Team All-Conference selections, while senior Mackenzie Murphy was selected as a Second Team All-NESCAC selection.
Cortland (29-14) won the SUNYAC regular-season title and then captured the league's postseason tournament crown this past weekend at home. The Red Dragons started the tournament with two wins before losing to second-seeded Geneseo. Cortland bounced back to win its final three games, including 7-3 and 2-0 wins over Geneseo Saturday and Sunday, respectively, to claim the title.
Cortland and St. John Fisher split a doubleheader in Cortland earlier this season, and the Cardinals lead the overall series, 16-12, including two wins over Cortland in the 2017 NCAA super regionals at Fisher. Cortland has never faced either Williams or Framingham State.
Cortland, N.Y. Regional Schedule
Friday, May 10
GAME 1: (#2 seed) Cortland (29-14) vs. (#3 seed) St. John Fisher (26-15), 1 p.m.
GAME 2: (#1 seed) Williams (33-5) vs. (#4 seed) Framingham St. (24-19), 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 11
GAME 3: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 11 a.m.
GAME 4: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser, 1:30 p.m.
GAME 5: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Winner, 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 12
GAME 6: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner, 12 p.m.
GAME 7: Same teams as Game 6 (if necessary), appx. 2:30 p.m.