SOFTBALL: Advance to Championship Bracket at NAIA National ChampionshipsClick for Trevecca Softball
DECATUR, Ala. – Day two of Pool Play at the 28th Annual NAIA Softball National Championship in Decatur, Ala. saw Trevecca (53-7) fall 7-3 to No. 5 Lubbock Christian in 10 innings and then bounce back to defeat Friends University 6-1. Trevecca concludes pool play with a 3-1 record and will advance to the Championship Bracket for the third consecutive season.
Pool Play Game 3: Trevecca jumped on top with a run in the bottom half of the second inning and kept the Lubbock Christian (54-9) at bay until they scored three runs in the fourth. The Trojans scored two runs in their half of the sixth to tie the game up at three. Both teams remained scoreless until the Chaparrals scored four in the tenth. Trevecca couldn’t answer in their half and fell for the first time in pool play. LCU had 14 hits and an error while TNU had seven hits and an error. Brittiany Johnson (38-4) took the loss. Johnson pitched 9.2 innings and allowed 14 hits, seven runs, six earned, and eight walks. Johnson had three strike outs. Johnson was 2-4 at the plate with a run, RBI, and double. She now has a school record 23 doubles this season. Megan Suggs was 2-3 with a RBI, walk, and two doubles. Kacey Coonce was 1-5 with a run scored and a double.
Pool Play Game 4: The Falcons of Friends University (34-13) jumped up on top of the Trojans 1-0 with a run in the top of the first inning. Trevecca’s bats awoke in the third inning with four runs and closed the scoring with two runs in the fifth inning. TNU had 11 hits and no errors while FU had three hits and one error. Brittiany Johnson (39-4) picked up the win and Stephanie Fisher (4) got the save in relief. Johnson pitched three innings allowing on hit, one run, and had nine strike outs. Fisher pitched four innings and allowed two hits, two walks, and struck out five. Sammy Simon continued her hot bat with a 2-4 performance that included a home run, a run scored and two RBI. Karli Rush also went deep and was 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Kassie Evick scored a run and a stolen base. Kacey Coonce was 1-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Johnson was 1-2 with a RBI and two walks.
Monday: Cal Baptist (58-6) 10 a.m.
Trevecca’s Championship Bracket Schedule
This is the third consecutive year Trevecca has reached the softball national championships. The Trojans, ranked No. 5 in the last regular season poll, received the fourth seed in the national tournament.
The 28th Annual NAIA Softball National Championships are being played at Wilson Morgan Softball Complex in Decatur, Ala.
Trevecca secured a NAIA National Tournament berth with their No. 5 ranking in the final NAIA Softball Poll and additionally with the Region XI Tournament Championship. It’s the second time in school history (59 in 2007) a Trojan softball team has won 50 games in a season.
The eight team double-elimination Championship Bracket runs from May 19-21. Trevecca will play Cal Baptist (58-6) on Monday at 10 a.m.