Rangers Clinch RMAC Title

Brianna WorkmanMay 10, 2011

Nikki Haberkorn sent the Regis University Rangers to an RMAC title with her three run walk-off bomb against Adams State on Saturday. After completing regular season play 28-21, the Rangers went 4-1 at the RMAC tournament to clinch the title and gain an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. 

After going undefeated on Thursday and Friday with wins against Mesa State, 5-2, Metro State 2-0, and Adams State 10-9 respectively, Regis fell to Adams State in the championship game on Saturday to render a second game for one team to be knocked out of the tournament due to double elimination. 

Game one ended 5-4 in favor of the Grizzlies. ASC tallied two runs in the top of the third before Regis tied the score in the bottom of the fourth. A leadoff double by Cassie Long led to a run after she was sacraficed over to third by Amber Aragon-Autobee and then stole home. The second Ranger run was brought in on a triple by Shannon Massine that scored Emily Anderson who reached base on a walk. 

Adams State stole the lead once again in the fifth as they crossed one run over the plate to sit up by one, 3-2, going into the bottom of the inning. They increased this lead to two, 4-2, in the seventh before Regis posted two runs to the board in the bottom of the inning, 4-4, to send the game into extra innings. An RBI by Haberkorn and Natalie Adami kept the Rangers in the game. 

Unfortunately for Regis, ASC crossed one run over the plate in the eighth and held the Rangers scoreless in the bottom of the inning to snag the win. Bianca Holley recorded the loss and falls to 19-10 in the circle. With each team having one loss in the tournament, a final game would determine who would be the RMAC champions.

The Rangers took the first lead of the second game as they scored one run in the bottom of the third. Two leadoff walks and a sacrafice bunt placed runners on second and third with Adami at the plate. A sacrafice fly scored Sara Baumberger for the run.

The fourth, fifth, and sixth innings went scoreless before ASC scored two in the top of the seventh to take a one run lead, 2-1, over Regis. 

The lead seemed to be enough as Regis started the inning with a leadoff single before drawing two quick outs. However, the Rangers didn't back down. A single by Baumberger advanced Anderson to second and brought Holley to the plate. With a single up the middle, Anderson scored as Baumberger advanced to third and Holley reached second on the throw. Anderson's run tied the score at two and brought Haberkorn to the plate. Haberkorn stepped into the box and ended the game with a three run walk-off homer to centerfield. With the hit came the win and the championship title for Regis. 

Four Rangers were named to the RMAC All-Tournament team with Haberkorn being named the MVP. Others receiving honors were Baumberger, Cassie Long, and Holley.

The NCAA selection show will take place at 8 a.m. on May 9 at NCAA.com.