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Colleges

IPFW earns NCAA bid

IPFW beat North Dakota State in the Summit League softball final to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

The Mastodons (34-14) scored four runs in the final two innings to earn the 7-4 victory. It came after IPFW dropped a 7-4 game against NDSU (33-16) earlier in the day, which forced a decisive third game.

The Mastodons find out whom they will play in the opening round of the tournament during todays’ selection show.

The Manchester baseball team also got an NCAA tournament berth in Division III competition after it beat Franklin 12-9 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference final.

The win gave the No. 12 Spartans (35-5-1) their second consecutive HCAC championship. Manchester earned six of its runs in the second inning and got two home runs and four RBI from third baseman Jordan Nieman.

Baseball

FAULKNER 15, INDIANA TECH 2: The Warriors (33-18) failed to advance past the opening round of NAIA tournament play after a second loss to the Falcons (49-11). Tech committed four errors and gave up five runs in the first inning.

Lacrosse

NOTRE DAME 9, DETROIT 7: In South Bend, freshman attackman Matt Kavanagh scored four goals in the second half as the Irish (11-4) rallied in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Notre Dame will face the winner of today’s game between Duke and Loyola-Maryland on May 19.

Softball

ANDERSON 10, TRINE 6: The Thunder (38-5) dropped their second straight game against the Ravens (28-16) and were eliminated from NCAA Division III regional play.

Women’s tennis

MICHIGAN 4, NOTRE DAME 0: In Ann Arbor, the Wolverines eliminated the Irish (18-9) from the second round of the NCAA tournament by winning the doubles point and three singles matches.

MIAMI 4, PURDUE 0: The Hurricanes ended the Boilermakers’ (18-6) season in Coral Gables, Fla., with a doubles point and three singles wins in the second round of NCAA action.

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