The Richard Stockton College softball team won three games Sunday to emerge from the losers bracket to win the Eastern College Athletic Conference Metro Tournament for the second straight year.
Stockton, the No. 2 seed, defeated Elmira 6-4 in 10 innings in the first game and then took two games from No. 1 seed Stevens 3-0 and 3-1. All games were played in Galloway Township.
Michelle Pietrocola, who arrived during the first game after attending her graduation ceremony, won all three games for Stockton en route to being named the tournament's Most Oustanding Player. She allowed one run in 19 innings and struck out 16 on the day. She also had a streak of 23 straight scoreless innings that was broken in the last inning of the final game.
In the opener, the Ospreys rallied from a 4-0 deficit against Elmira after Samantha Shockey homered and Arielle Cooke hit a two-run double to tie the game in the sixth. The Ospreys went on to win the game when Nicole Scanlon hit a game-winning, two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Stockton then advanced to meet Stevens, which Pietrocola shut down with a complete game, three-hit shutout in the first game, forcing a decisive championship game.
In the final game, Nicole Tomo hit an RBI double, Gianna Cuffari hit an RBI single and Holly Arentowicz knocked in a run to help give Stockton the tournament title.
Elmira 301 000 000 0-4 9 0
Richard Stockton 002 002 000 2-6 7 2
2B-Day E. Cooke, Cuffari RS. HR-Dore E. Scanlon, Shockey RS.
WP-Pietrocola (15-9) 7k. LP-Puglisi (9-12) 2k.
Records-Stockton 24-16, Elmira 17-15.
Richard Stockton 101 010 0-3 6 0
Stevens 000 000 0-0 3 5
2B-Shockey RS. Senkevich S.
WP-Pietrocola (16-9) 7k. LP-Berardi (19-9) 4k.
Records-Stockton 25-16, Stevens 30-12.
Richard Stockton 001 200 0-3 7 1
Stevens 000 000 1-1 6 1
2B-Tomo, Scanlon RS. DeFeo S. 3B-Spitz S.
WP-Pietrocola (17-9) 2k. LP-Sandone (9-3) 1k.
Records-Stockton 26-16, Stevens 30-13.