Lauren Baker was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs and Monica West was 2-for-4 with five RBIs as Trevecca Nazarene opened the NAIA softball tournament with a 13-3 victory over Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design.
Baker drove in the first two runs with her home run, and West followed with a three-run double as the Lady Trojans (42-15) scored six in the second inning and went ahead to stay. They added four runs in the fifth and three in the seventh.
TNU now has 69 home runs on the season, the fifth-highest total in NAIA history.
“Lauren's home run really broke the ice for us offensively,” coach Ben Tyree said. “We were able to get our bats going from there and really faced their pitcher with a lot of confidence.”
Nine of Trevecca’s 10 batters had at least one hit, and five different players scored two runs each.
Riley Mashburn allowed three hits and struck out four in a complete game effort on the mound.
“Riley did a good job of keeping them off the bases,” Tyree said. “They came in with 193 stolen bases for the season, so it was important to limit their opportunities, and Riley did just that.”
Trevecca faces Notre Dame (Ohio), 3 p.m. Friday in its second game of pool play.