DECATUR, Ala. - The Trevecca Trojan softball team (42-15) had an easy time of it in their opening game of the 30th Annual NAIA National Tournament in Decatur, Ala. today, knocking off Savannah College of Art & Design (35-16) 13-3.Trevecca NAIA
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Trevecca had six extra base hits. Five doubles (Karli Rush, Megan Hemmingsen, Monica West, Kelsey Lantrip, Anais Puertas), and a home run (Lauren Baker). All 10 Trojans that batted reached base safely, nine with hits.
The Baker home runs gives Trevecca 69 on the season, the most in school history. Trevecca is now in fifth place in NAIA history for home runs in a season.
The Bees actually scored first, putting a run on the board in the bottom of the first inning courtesy of a couple of walks and a wild pitch. But the Trojans quickly answered, scoring six runs in the top of the second inning on a 2-run homer by Lauren Baker, a 3-run double by Monica West, and an RBI double by Anais Puertas. The Trojans added four more runs in the fifth inning, two on SCAD errors, and two more on a double by Megan Hemmingsen. The Bees scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning to keep the game alive, but the Trojans added three more runs of their own in the seventh to account for the final score.
Monica West led the way at the plate, going 2-4 with a double and five RBI and Lauren Baker went 2-3 with a home run and two RBI. "Lauren's home run really broke the ice for us offensively," said Coach Ben Tyree. "We were able to get our bats going from there and really faced their pitcher with a lot of confidence. And Monica really had some timely hits for us today." Kelsey Lantrip, Jessica Zawadzki, and Breanna Zeis also added RBI on the day for the Trojans, while Lantrip, Hemmingsen, West, Baker, and Karli Rush each scored twice.
Riley Mashburn (23-7) limited the Bees to three runs on just three hits, with four strikeouts and two walks. "Riley did a good job of keeping them off the bases," said Coach Tyree. "They came in with 193 stolen bases for the season, so it was important to limit their opportunities, and Riley did just that."
The win puts the Trojans at 1-0 in pool play, heading into their next game Friday at 3 p.m. against Notre Dame of Ohio (25-24). Trevecca will wrap up pool play Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against No. 2 Lee (55-4).
Trevecca is 10-3 all-time in NAIA Tournament Pool Play. Coach Tyree is now 5-3 in post season play at Trevecca.