Lipscomb University’s first appearance in the NCAA softball tournament ended Sunday when it was limited to two hits in a 6-0 loss to No. 1 ranked Alabama.
The Lady Bisons (50-13) went 2-2 in the Tuscaloosa Regional. Both defeats were against the Crimson Tide (51-9).
“They beat us with their short game (Saturday) and today they came out and relied on the long ball (Sunday),” coach Kristin Ryman said. “That’s the type of team they are. They can beat you in so many different ways. That’s why they are at the top right now.
“I loved the way our girls kept fighting and battling, never giving in.”
Lauren Dortwegt’s fourth-inning single and another single by Mollie Mitchell in the fifth were the only hits Lipscomb managed against Alabama pitcher Kelsi Dunne, who struck out 14 and did not allow a walk.
The only other Lady Bisons’ player to reach base was Kellie Sirus, who was hit by a pitch. Sirus and Dunne played together before their respective college careers.
“We came here to make an impression and I definitely think we did that for our school,” Dortwegt said. “This has been quite a ride as a senior, and I don’t think there is a better way to end my four years.”
Melinda Patterson’s second home run of the season lifted Trevecca Nazarene to a 3-2 victory over Notre Dame (Ohio) in the second round of pool play at the NAIA Softball National Championship.
With the victory, the Lady Trojans set up a showdown with second-ranked Lee University (4:30 p.m. Monday) for the right to advance to the eight-team championship bracket. Both teams won their first two games of pool play.
Patterson broke a 2-2 tie when she drove a 1-2 pitch out to right field in the top of the sixth. Trevecca went in front for the first time with a run in the top of the fifth, but allowed Notre Dame to tie it with one in the bottom of the fifth.
Lauren Baker allowed one baserunner in the final two innings and earned her 20th win of the season (20-7). In so doing, she and Riley Mashburn (23-7) became the first two to win at least 20 in the same season for Trevecca.
“Lauren did a great job (Saturday) of keeping us in the ballgame, and obviously Melinda's home run … (was) huge,” coach Ben Tyree said. “We just kept fighting, and got ourselves a hard-earned win against a good team.”