Trevecca Nazarene strung together three two-out singles and scored a run in the fourth inning but managed just two other hits the rest of the contest and fell 3-1 to Shorter College on Monday in its first game of double-elimination play at the NAIA Softball National Tournament.
The game was a matchup between the only teams of the eight that advanced to the elimination round that were not the top seed in their pool during round-robin play.
Pitcher Lauren Baker drove in Trevecca’s run and tied the game 1-1. Breanna Zeis and Melinda Patterson singled ahead of her.
Baker also pitched a complete game. She struck out five and walked two and was victimized by an unearned run, which was the result of one of two TNU errors.
Shorter (51-14), ranked 10th in the NAIA, scored one in the sixth and one in the seventh and forced the 17th-ranked Lady Trojans (44-16) into an elimination contest in their next outing, noon Tuesday.
Trevecca advanced with a victory over No. 2 Lee University.
Trevecca 7, Lee 6
Kelsey Lantrip drove in three runs, including the game-winner, as Trevecca Nazarene came from two down and defeated Lee University in the final round of pool play at the NAIA Softball National Tournament.
The 17th-ranked Lady Trojans went undefeated in pool play (3-0) and advanced to the eight-team, double-elimination round that will determine the national champion. Lee, ranked No. 2 in the NAIA, won its first two in pool play.
Lantrip hit into a fielder’s choice that drove in Lauren Baker with the winning run. She also had a two-run home run in the fifth, which got Trevecca to within two, 6-4.
That remained the score until the bottom of the seventh. The Lady Trojans started the rally with a single, a walk and an error, which produced two unearned runs.
Baker was 1-for-3 in the contest with two RBIs. She also pitched the final two innings in relief of Riley Mashburn and was the winning pitcher. Baker did not allow a hit or a walk and struck out one.