May 20, 2000
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The 17th-ranked Notre Dame softball team lost its second straight one-run game as the Irish were eliminated by Central Michigan 2-1 Saturday at the NCAA Region 8 Tournament. Notre Dame finished its season with a 47-13 record, while the third-seeded Chippewas improved to 33-12 and moved onto face DePaul.
After a scoreless first inning, Central Michigan capitalized on two Irish errors, scoring two runs before shortstop Becky Manson flied into a double play to end the bottom of the second at 2-0 Chippewas.
The Irish scored their first run in top of the fourth inning on a titanic-size home run from catcher Jarrah Myers (Carbondale, Kan.). It was Myers’ 12th of the season, which went up the left field line and off the track building behind Alumni Field’s scoreboard.
Notre Dame had a chance to score in the top of the sixth with runners at the corners and two outs. Rightfielder Kas Hoag (Wallingford, Conn.), however, grounded out to end the inning and leave the sixth and seven base runners stranded for the Irish.
Freshman Lisa Mattison (Granger, Ind.) lead-off the Irish seventh by grounding out to third base for the first out. Sophomore Jennifer Kriech (Indianapolis, Ind.) then flied out to right field for the second, while pitcher Jennifer Sharron (Agoura Hills, Calif.), who entered the game in relief of starter sophomore Michelle Moschel (Naples, Fla.), grounded out to third to end the game.
Moschel took the loss to finish the season 14-6, while Central Michigan pitcher Tina Kinney improved to 24-7.