PL Tournament Game 6 Box Score: Colgate 2, Army 0
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May 11, 2003
Junior pitcher Elena Isaac, who was named this week to the first-team All-League squad for the second-straight year, threw a four-hit shutout Sunday against Army (20-27) to lead Colgate (31-13) to a 2-0 victory in the Patriot League Softball Tournament championship game at Lehigh University's Kaufman Field.
The victory gave the second-seeded Raiders a 3-0 record for the weekend and a victory over each of the other three teams in the double-elimination tournament. CU posted wins over third-seeded Holy Cross (3-1) and top-seeded host Lehigh (5-0) Saturday before defeating fourth-seeded Army in Sunday's title game.
Colgate captured its second League title and automatic NCAA Tournament bid in the last four years under coach Vickie Sax, who earlier this week was named the PL Coach of the Year for the first time in her career.
CU, which set a team record for most wins in a season, will learn who the next opponent will be, and where they will play, when the NCAA announces its championship tournament bracket Sunday night at 10 p.m. The national championship tournament pairings will be announced on ESPNews and will also be available on the NCAA website.
Isaac (17-6) was named the PL Tournament Most Valuable Player after gaining her second victory of the weekend. She scattered four hits and one walk, never allowing more than one baserunner per inning. Isaac struck out four, the CU defense turned a double play behind her and Army was unable to advance a baserunner past second base.
She is the third Colgate player to be named Tournament MVP, joining pitcher Tara McGoff (1997) and infielder Amanda Paolucci (1999) in that exclusive club.
The Raider offense supplied the only run Isaac needed in the bottom of the third inning when freshman outfielder Brianna Tsukamato opened the inning by reaching safely on a strikeout/passed ball. Tsukamato advanced on a sacrifice by Isaac, third on an infield hit by freshman infielder Kim Olmstead and scored on a single up the middle by junior Rachel Smith.
Army junior hurler Ashley Christian (13-11), who surrendered just six hits, got out of the jam without any more damage. Christian finished with seven strike outs and no walks.
Colgate sophomore outfielder Dorothy Donaldson added an insurance run when she turned on a Christian delivery for a solo home run with one out in the sixth. It was Donaldson's ninth bomb of the season. She finished the championship game 3-for-3 while Smith added a 2-for-3 performance.
Donaldson, the 2002 PL Rookie of the Year and two-time first-team all-star, was the leading hitter in the six-game tournament, finishing 5-for-7 at the plate.(714 avg.) with two walks (.778 on-base percentage), a home run (1.143 slugging percentage), two runs scored and three RBI.
Freshman catcher Abbie Gottschall registered two of Army's four hits and was the leading hitter for the Black Knights in the tournament. Gottschall contributed six hits in 12 at bats with a double, run scored and an RBI.