Overall: 47-15 TranSouth: 11-5 (First of Five) TranSouth Tournament Champion, NAIA Region XI Champion, Pool D Champions (NAIA National Tournament):
Postseason Results: TranSouth Tournament: Defeated Cumberland 5-3 (first round), Defeated Union 9-3 (semifinals), Defeated Martin Methodist 2-1 (championship). Region XI Tournament: Defeated University of the Cumberlands 4-1 (first round), Defeated NAIA No. 22 Martin Methodist 13-5 (semifinals), Defeated NAIA No. 22 Martin Methodist 11-10 (championship). NAIA National Championship: Pool Play: Defeated NAIA No. 4 Simon Fraser (B.C.) 7-3, Defeated Valley City State 2-0, Lost to NAIA No. 5 St. Gregory’s University 1-0, Defeated Bethel College (Tenn.) 5-0. Tournament Play: Lost to NAIA No. 6 Point Loma Nazarene 3-2, Defeated NAIA No. 7 Lee University 3-1, Eliminated by NAIA No. 2 California Baptist 2-1.
For the second consecutive season, the Trevecca softball team started the year needing to find a replacement for their top starting pitcher, after having lost Hollie Shane to graduation. Head coach Ernie Reynolds, however, had gotten a sophomore pitcher to transfer in from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga – Brittiany Johnson. Combined with the return to the line up of Rone’ Phelps, and increased offensive output from several positions, She would help lead the Trojans to their best finish ever.
For the second consecutive season, Trevecca opened the season with an opening day double-header sweep. Mountain State was the opponent, and the Trojans steamrolled their way to run rule victories as they defeated the Cougars 23-0 and 10-2. The Trojans combined to hit eight home runs in the two games, sparking what would become a run at the NAIA record for team home runs in a season.
As the month of March began, the Trojans rode another season opening unbeaten streak – this time 10 games – into their spring break trip to the Savannah Smash and the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Trevecca faced seven teams who were either ranked or receiving votes, racking up wins over then NAIA No. 12 Savannah Art and Design in Savannah, Ga., and then NAIA No. 21 Evangel at the Leadoff Classic. Trevecca finished fourth in the Gold bracket of the Leadoff Classic, and brought a 15-4 record home for the start of TranSouth play.
After stringing together short winning streaks on six and five games respectively, the Trojans took an 8-4 TranSouth mark into a double-header at Conference co-leader Union University. Johnson was brilliant in the two games, tossing a pair of complete game shutouts, notching 26 strikeouts between the two contests, and giving the Trojans a strangle-hold on their second consecutive TranSouth Championship. One week later, Trevecca hosted Union for the final two conference games of the year with the TranSouth title on the line. The Trojans, needing one win to clinch the championship, got a home run from Maria Trapani in the fifth inning that tied the score at 1-1, and in the bottom of the ninth, Reynolds had Kristin Bledsoe steal third with two outs, and on a wild throw, Bledsoe scored the conference clinching run to give the Trojans the 2-1 win and the 2006 TranSouth title.
Trevecca swept their way to Tournament Championships in both the TranSouth and NAIA Region XI tournaments, clinching the team’s first berth in the NAIA National Championship Tournament in Decatur, Alabama. Trevecca drew NAIA No. 4 and defending National Champions from Simon Fraser University, pulling off the surprise 7-3 upset over the Clan and raising some eyebrows around the country. After a win over Valley City State University (N.D.) and a loss to NAIA No. 5 St. Gregory’s University, the Trojans faced Bethel College in the final game of pool play facing a win or go home situation. Johnson and the Trojans responded, as Jennifer Perkins hit a solo homerun to lead off the second inning, and Johnson threw a no-hitter as the Trojans advanced with a 5-0 victory. Trevecca dropped two of their three games in the double-elimination portion of the tournament, finishing in a tie for fifth in the nation.
The postseason awards were plentiful for Trevecca. Johnson was named pitcher of the year in the TranSouth and NAIA region XI as well as TranSouth Newcomer of the Year, Reynolds earned Conference and region Coach of the Year honors, Ashley McCool was named TranSouth Player and Region XI Co-Player of the year, and Chelsea Bailey earned TranSouth Freshman of the Year honors. Rone’ Phelps and Jennifer Perkins joined Johnson, McCool, and Bailey on both the All-TranSouth First team and the All-NAIA Region XI team. Evyn Terry, Maria Trapani and Laura Redmon were named All-TranSouth second team.
Johnson and McCool also joined a select group of Trojans as they were named NAIA All-Americans, Johnson on the first team and McCool as an Honorable Mention. Johnson became just the third Trojans to ever be named to the NAIA’s first team All-American squad, joining Brandy Barnett Brown (1996) and Charli Duff (2004). She set Trevecca pitching records in wins (35), strikeouts (450), and appearances (54) while posting a 0.96 Earned Run Average in 285 2/3 innings pitched. She also set Trevecca single season offensive records in Home Runs (20 – Ties TNU career mark), Runs Batted in (56), and Extra Base Hits (34) while hitting at a .374 clip. McCool led the Trojans with 80 hits and 19 doubles, both Trevecca single season records, and drove in 49 runs this season. She also hit 10 homeruns for the Trojans.