Murphy-Cook, Bumila and Doolin Guide Softball to NCAA Regional Crown

Murphy-Cook, Bumila and Doolin Guide Softball to NCAA Regional Crown

Williamstown, MA --- Regional Most Outstanding Player Nina Murphy-Cook (Roseville, CA) registered three hits and scored twice, Katie Bumila (Raynham, MA) drove in three and Clare Doolin (Newton, MA) tossed five shutout innings as WPI blanked host Williams 4-0 to claim the NCAA Division III Williamstown Softball Regional on Sunday afternoon. 

WPI, who was making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, improves to 34-9 and will face two-time defending national champions Tufts in a best-of-three, Super Regional next weekend.  Williams, who needed to win twice Sunday to advance, closes its 2015 campaign with a 32-9 record.     

Murphy-Cook led off the game with a bunt single to third and after a fly out, stole her Division III-leading 53rd stolen base.  Following another fly out to center, Bumila scorched a double to the right center gap to chase home Murphy-Cook with the game's first run. 

The Engineers added to their advantage in the third as Hope Shevchuk (Burlington, CT) legged out a one-out single deep in the hole at short.  After advancing to second on a wild pitch, pinch runner Julia Ring (Leominster, MA) entered and came plateward one batter later on a Kelsey Saucier (Worcester, MA) single to left.  

WPI used the top of its lineup to put the game out of hand in the fourth.  Murphy-Cook was again in the middle of things, leading off with a single to center and promptly stealing second.  Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) reached on an error and the pair moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, RI)  and were knocked home on a two-run single up the middle by Bumila for her second and third RBI of the game. 

Doolin responded with her first 1-2-3 inning of the game and Caroline Medino (Pompton Lakes, NJ) allowed just one base runner over the final two innings as the Engineers set a date with the top-ranked and undefeated Jumbos. 

Doolin allowed just two hits and two walks in her innings while improving to 17-3.  She did not allow a run in 12 innings of work in the tournament.  Battery mate Lindsay Gurska (Revere, MA) gave Doolin a spark to ended the third, gunning a would-be base stealer to end the frame.     

Alison Michalik (Naperville, IL) and Kacey Cramer (Houston, TX) registered the two hits for the Ephs, who only had a player reach third base in the opening inning.  Pitcher Emma Harrington (Columbus, OH) pitched well for the hosts, allowing just two earned runs while going the distance. 

Joining Murphy-Cook on the All-Regional team were teammates Doolin, Biney, Saucier; Lexi Curt (Moorpark, CA), Melissa Cendejas (Rosemead, CA) and Harrington of Williams;  Grace Kucharski (Avon, CT) and Lauren Zambrano (Wallingford, CT) of Western New England and Amanda Meczywor (Adams, MA) of MCLA.

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A photo posted by WPI Athletics (@wpiathletics) on May 10, 2015 at 11:38am PDT

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