Rutgers-Camden wins D-III Softball World Series

Updated: May 22, 2006, 9:02 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Michelle Schlichtig struck out eight and allowed four hits and two walks as Rutgers-Camden beat St. Thomas 3-2 Monday to win the Division III Softball College World Series.

The loss was the second for the Tommies to Rutgers-Camden in two days. The third-ranked Raptors, making their first trip to the nationals, topped the Minnesota team 5-4 on Sunday.

Rutgers-Camden (47-5) used three unearned runs in the title game to win its first national championship in any sport and deny top-ranked St. Thomas (48-4) their third straight title.

The New Jersey school won 37 of its last 38 games after a 10-4 start.

St. Thomas had the tying run at second in the bottom of seventh inning with one out, but had two strikeouts to end the season. A St. Thomas win would have forced a Tuesday rematch for the title.

Tommie sophomore All-American Maria Bye allowed no earned runs, three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in the losing effort.

The Tommies defeated Muskingum College 5-1 in 10 innings earlier Monday to advance to the title game. Nikki Conway's grand slam in the bottom of the 10th broke a 1-1 tie.

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