Final Day Of NFCA Leadoff Classic Rained Out
Feb. 27, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Heavy rain in Southeastern Georgia forced the cancellation of the final day of the 10th annual NFCA Leadoff Classic. Massachusetts concludes the tournament with a 1-3 record and advanced to the silver bracket. The Minutewomen were leading San Diego State 5-1 in the third inning Sunday morning when play was called. The stats from the game will not count.
Massachusetts returns to action next weekend, March 5-6, at the FAU Invitational in Boca Raton, Fla. The Minutewomen will face Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Bethune Cookman in pool play.
Oklahoma was declared the tournament champion by virtue of being the highest remaining seed in championship play.
The Sooners went 4-0 in tournament play, and were slated to face Georgia in an 11 a.m. game. The other semifinal featured Michigan and Florida State. The third-seeded Wolverines took runner-up honors after the Seminoles upset Fresno State on Saturday.
Alabama, the top seed in the Silver Bracket, claimed the bracket title after knocking off North Carolina on Saturday. No. 2-seed South Carolina took runner-up honors in the Silver bracket.
Lehigh won the Bronze bracket after defeating Texas State on Saturday. The Mountain Hawks edged out defending Leadoff Classic champion LSU.
This marks the third time that the Leadoff Classic has been shortened by inclement weather. Nebraska claimed the 2001 championship by being the highest remaining seed left in championship play and Massachusetts won the 2003 title.
Fresno State's Jamie Southern, who won two games in the circle and hit five home runs in the tournament, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
The all-tournament team included pitchers Brooke Mitchell (Louisiana-Lafayette), Kami Keiter (Oklahoma), Michelle Green (Georgia), catcher Heather Scaglione (Oklahoma), first baseman Sheena Lawrick (Nebraska), second baseman Tiffany Haas (Michigan), third baseman Ashley Godfrey (Georgia), shortstop Katie Pierce (Seton Hall), outfielders Katie Ayers (Creighton), Jessica Josker (South Carolina), Maria Damico (Southern Illinois) and at-large members Nicole Motycka (Michigan), Christina Clark (Fresno State) and Tatiana George (Florida State).