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Seventh-Inning Rallies Push IUP Softball Past Bloomsburg and into College World Series

Mary Ward blasted a two-run homer to give IUP a 2-1 lead at the top of the seventh, May 21, 2011.

The softball team will head to the College World Series, May 26–30, 2011, in Salem, Va., after coming from behind in the seventh inning to defeat Bloomsburg, 2-1, in game two of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Super Regional, Saturday, May 21.

See photos from the Atlantic Super Regional taken by Keith Boyer, university photographer.

The team was fresh off a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory in the bottom of the seventh in game one against Bloomsburg, May 20.

IUP was hosting Bloomsburg at Podbielski Field on the South Campus.

Saturday’s win brought IUP (38-6) to 11-0 in postseason play. The Crimson Hawks are making their first appearance in the College World Series in school history.

As the Crimson Hawks trailed 1-0 in the top of the seventh inning, the door opened when Raquel Rugani grounded a one-out single up the middle. Freshman third baseman Mary Ward then slammed a two-run homer, bringing the score to 2-1. Pitcher Erin Holloway finished off Bloomsburg with a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh.

In game one on Friday, IUP came through with three runs in the seventh inning, including a two-run, game-winning single by Dee Eppinger, to claim a 3-2 win.

Find a full report of the game on the IUP Athletics website.