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Lutheran polishes off perfect '01 by capturing IAAM B title, 3-0


Lutheran's softball team will remember the year 2001.

The Saints completed a perfect campaign by defeating St. Mary's, 3-0, to capture the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship at Towson University yesterday.

Lutheran (20-0) won the title last season, but had never gone undefeated.

"It's great to say that we're the first to win the championship two years in a row and go undefeated," said senior Rachel Pfeifer, who drove in two runs with a single in the second inning. "We were really leery about the season because we had so many expectations, but we fulfilled them all."

Saints pitcher Kelley Null (19-0) struck out 12 and allowed just two singles.

St. Mary's senior Katerina May (11-3) gave up just two hits, but was victimized by three errors that led to all three unearned runs.

"We didn't hit as well as I would've hoped," said Lutheran coach Gary Barth. "Defensively and pitching-wise, that's what we've had most of this season. Fortunately, we didn't need any more runs."

St. Mary's Coach Marilyn Sherrane said her team (13-5) would relish its first appearance in the tournament final.

"The girls worked hard to get to this spot," said Sherrane. "Nerves played a big part today. We were jumping the gun."

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