Glenside, PA --- The WPI softball team weathered nearly an eight-hour rain delay in a 3-2 come-from-behind win against host Arcadia in the winner's bracket final of the 2022 NCAA Division III Glenside Regional.
The Engineers (32-14) now stand as the lone undefeated team in the double-elimination bracket. Arcadia (31-10) will next take on the winner of the Lesley/Johnson & Wales game being played later tonight. The winner of that game will then play WPI in the Regional Final on Sunday. Game times are to be determined due to the schedule changes.
Playing as the home team, WPI was trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning before the tarp went on the field. After over seven and a half hours, the Engineers and Knights got back on the field. WPI then scored two runs to go up 3-2 and held off a late Arcadia charge in the top of the seventh to get the win.
Arcadia got on the board in the top of the first inning, thanks to a solo homerun off the bat of Megan Sooy (Millville, NJ).
The Knights pushed it to a 2-0 advantage in the top of the third. Sooy's hot hitting continued with a double to left-center, later scoring on a single from Serena Goodridge (Collegeville, PA) for a two-run lead.
WPI got one back in the bottom of the third when a bunt single from WPI's Lindsay Ambrosino (Chelmsford, MA) scored on a single to center from Sydney Russell (Arlington, VA). The Engineers put runners on second and third later in the frame, but a foul out ended the inning at 2-1.
After the rain delay, the game resumed with a 1-1 count in the bottom of the fifth. Ambrosino worked a walk to start the frame, stealing second and third. After a strikeout, Russell recorded an infield single and stole second to put runners on second and third with one out. A passed ball allowed Ambrosino to score, knotting the game at 2-2, before an infield single from Alex Sheehan (Marion, MA) scored Russell for a 3-2 WPI lead.
Neither team recorded a hit in the sixth inning, though two WPI errors gave Arcadia baserunners in the top of the frame. However, the Engineers turned a 1-3 double play and the game moved to the seventh with WPI up 3-2.
In the top of the seventh, Arcadia got a one-out single from Nathalia Diianni (Livingston, NJ) and, after a jaw-dropping home run-robbing catch by rightfielder Kallie Case (Phoenix, AZ) in right field, a two-out single from Goodridge to put runners on the corners, but Katie Martin (Bedford, NH) struck out the final batter of the game to earn the win, her 22nd of the season and 45th of her career.
Martin threw all seven innings, allowing two runs on 11 hits with five strikeouts. She moves to 22-4 on the season. Juliana Presto (Easton, PA) took the loss, going six innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits with 10 strikeouts.