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Wildcats' softball victory on Sunday negated by protest

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Central Washington University's game-one softball victory over visiting Saint Martin's University on Sunday is all for naught -- at least for the time being -- as the NCAA Rules Committee upheld a protest filed by SMU during the contest.

In a game that had initially been completed with CWU claiming a 7-3 victory, a ruling in the bottom of the first inning on a hit down the right-field line by Wildcat senior first baseman Liz Jusko (Snohomish, Wash.) was originally deemed to be a foul ball, but was then overturned by umpires after the CWU coaching staff contended that the ball had been contacted by the Saint Martin's first baseman prior to landing in foul territory.

SMU head coach Rick Noren protested the overturning of the call by umpires -- and subsequently the game -- citing NCAA softball rule 11.3.3.4, which states, "For each foul ball when the batter has fewer than two strikes.  EFFECT- The ball is dead, and each base runner must return…"  Because the initial ruling was foul ball and therefore dead ball, the action cannot be left as played.

Dee Abrahamson, the NCAA Softball Secretary Rules Editor, confirmed the validity of the protest on Tuesday and ruled that the game must be replayed from the point of the protested play, which was with CWU trailing 3-0 with two out and two runners on base in the bottom of the first inning.

The protested game between the Wildcats and Saints will be resumed in Ellensburg on a date to be determined. All statistics from the protested game will be withheld from season totals until the game has been deemed official -- lasting at least five innings.

As a result of the protest, Central Washington now has a 6-10 overall record and a 5-6 mark in Great Northwest Athletic Conference games. The Wildcats are scheduled to visit Western Washington University this Saturday (Mar. 10) and Sunday (Mar. 11), as they play the first four of 20 straight scheduled games away from home.
 
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