AKRON, Ohio (Softball) -- Head Coach Mark Feller and the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College softball team went head to head with Cleary University in the semifinal round of the 2017 United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Softball Championship tournament on Wednesday afternoon. The Cougars put up a fight but the Pomeroys would find a way to win and take the contest, 5-4.
SMWC came out on fire as Hollie Jones started the bottom of the first inning with a triple down the left field line. Jones would also be the first run of the game as 2017 USCAA Softball Player of the Year Emma Riffe grounded out to third base to score her, 1-0. Marlee Yeager kept the party going in the bottom of the second inning as she homered over the left field wall to set the score at 2-0.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods fell behind heading into the bottom of the seventh inning as Cleary mounted a two run rally, 4-3. Camille Ulery saved the day by hitting a single up the middle to drive in Jones and Baylee Water, 5-4.
Once again, Jones led the way for the Pomeroys in batting as she went 2-of-4 at the plate. Ulery and Riffe each accounted for two runs batted in.
Stephanie Richardson picked up the win for SMWC with two innings pitched for four hits, two runs, and one strike out. Christian Chambers was the starter for Saint Mary of-the-Woods and finished the day after five innings for four hits and two runs.
Cleary's Riley Thompson suffered the loss with one and a third innings pitched for two hits, one run, and one strike out.
The Pomeroys will play for the national title against the winner of the final game of the elimination bracket tomorrow at noon. The Cougars drop to the elimination bracket and will play the winner of Carlow University and Pennsylvania State University Brandywine tonight at 6 p.m.