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Cal Baptist/Trevecca Recap - CBU got on the scoreboard first in the second inning when Nicole Shoemaker was hit by the pitch, moved to second on sacrifice bunt and scored on Allison Dennis' single. Trevecca tied the game at one in the bottom of the seventh with two outs to send it to extra innings. Kacey Coonce drove in Sara Nicholson with a bases loaded single. Cal Baptists’ Allison scored the winner in the 12th on a throw to the home plate.
Trevecca had 11 hits, two errors, and left 16 runners on base. CBU had five hits, and error and left 10 runners on base.
Lancer hurler Amy Thomas (31-4) pitched all 12 innings for California Baptist and threw 195 pitches for the win. Trevecca’s Brittiany Johnson (39-5) pitched 12 innings giving up five hits, four walks, two runs, and one earned run. Johnson had 14 strike outs. The senior All-American now has 1,183 career strike outs, third most in NAIA history.
Offensively Trevecca was paced by Megan Suggs and Sammy Simon. Suggs was 2-6 with a triple. Sammy Simon was 3-6. Kacey Coonce was 1-5 with a RBI. Sara Nicholson was 2-6 with a run.
Point Loma/Trevecca Recap – Both teams went scoreless through six innings when the Sea Lions pushed across a run in the top of the seventh inning. Melissa Gomez opened the inning with a double. She advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. After TNU recorded an out Donie Thomas singled to score Gomez. Trevecca made things interesting in the bottom half of the inning when Chelsea Bailey reached on an infield single then advanced to second on a Ashley Camp sacrifice bunt. Kacey Coonce recorded the second out of the inning. Brittiany Johnson had worked the count to 3-0 when Bailey was picked off for the final out of the game.
TNU had nine hits and two errors while leaving nine runners on base. In both Championship Bracket games Trevecca had more hits than their opponent. PLNU had seven hits and an error while leaving six on base.
Karli Rush was 2-3 for Trevecca. Coonce was 1-3 with a walk. Sara Nicholson was 1-3 with a stolen base.
Brittiany Johnson (39-6) pitched a total of 19 innings and allowed just three runs (two earned) against the NAIA’s No.1 and No. 2 teams. Johnson allowed one run, seven hits and one walk to the Sea Lions. She had three strike outs.
The loss to PLNU ends the Trojans season and the career of Trevecca’s three seniors – Brittiany Johnson, Ashley Camp, and Nicki Levering. Johnson has set numerous records at Trevecca and in the NAIA.
This was the third consecutive year for Trevecca to reach the softball national championships. The Trojans, ranked No. 5 in the last regular season poll, received the fourth seed in the national tournament. Trevecca advanced to the Championship Bracket for the third consecutive season after finishing pool play with a 3-1 record.