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No. 1 Cal Baptist rolls on first day

By Mark Edwards
medwards@decaturdaily.com · 340-2461

Top-ranked California Baptist rolled through the first day of pool play at the NAIA championships at Wilson Morgan Park.

The tournament runner-up the last two years, California Baptist beat Virginia-Wise 10-1 and Dickinson State (N.D.) 5-0 on Friday.

Pool play will continue Saturday. Like Friday, all 20 teams in the field will play twice. At the end of the day, the top two teams in the four pools will advance to the double-elimination portion of the event. That begins Monday and lasts through Wednesday.

Admission is $25 for a tournament pass and $7 for a one-day pass.

Saturday opens with a rematch of last season's championship game when California Baptist faces Mobile, which fell to Savannah Art & Design (Ga.) 5-1 and beat Virginia-Wise 11-2 on Friday.

They're fighting to be in the top two spots in Pool A.

In the past, teams typically have needed to win at least three pool-play games. If that remains true to form this year, California Baptist can lock up a spot in the next round with a win, while Mobile likely needs to win to survive.

Pool A

Savannah Art & Design (Ga.) 5, Mobile 1: Savannah took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the first inning and never fell behind. Whitney Hess drove in the first run with a double, hit a solo homer in the bottom the sixth and finished the game 2-for-2 with a run and three RBIs.

Austin High graduate Jessica McIntyre went 2-for-4 for Mobile, while teammate Taylor Lee Phillips, a Decatur High grad, was 1-for-3.

California Baptist 10, Virginia-Wise 1: Top-ranked California Baptist rolled late in its opening game. The Lancers broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the fourth inning, one in the fifth and three in both the sixth and seventh.

Nikki Lowe ripped two homers, while Chantal Millard and Erin Moore each had one.

California Baptist 5, Dickinson State (N.D.) 0: The Lanchers' Amy Thomas hurled a six-hit shutout, walking two and striking out two. Moore doubled to drive in two runs in a four-run first inning for California Baptist (54-3).

Mobile 11, Virginia-Wise 2: Phillips provided a big lift for Mobile (36-15) by going 3-for-3 with three RBIs. She had one-run singles in the second, third and fourth innings.

Yaicey Sojo was 3-for-3 with three RBIs as well, and Jennifer Gomez was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs.

Dickinson State (N.D.) 7, Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design 5: Lead-off batter Tiffany Saatzer paced Dickinson State by going 3-for-5 with three singles and four RBIs. Ashley Nuefeld was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

Pool B

Oklahoma City 7, Vanguard (Calif.) 0: Dasha Shembereva pitched a three-hit shutout for Oklahoma City, which scored six times in the first three innings.

Shembereva struck out eight and walked three, and none of the three hits she allowed went for extra bases. Brittani Ellis slugged a home run for OCU.

Simon Fraser (Canada) 11, Columbia (Mo.) 1: Erin McLean was 3-for-3 with three RBIs for the Clan (22-2), and Rebecca Hartley was 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs. Terra Davenport scored three times.

Simon Fraser (Canada) 9, Lee (Tenn.) 8: Simon Fraser (22-2) scored four times in the bottom of the last inning to win it. Carolyn Bell doubled home the tying run and scored the winning run on Danielle Kerluke's single.

Oklahoma City 10, Columbia (Mo.) 0: Oklahoma City (47-6) rolled up 10 hits and 11 walks to put away Columbia. Amanda Howard was 2-for-2 with a run and two RBIs, while Melody Murphy was 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs.

Vanguard (Calif.) 5, Lee (Tenn.) 4: For the second time Friday, Lee lost a three-run lead in the bottom of the last inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Melissa Forrester walked and was replaced by pinch-runner Katie Daniels, who went to second on a passed ball. Heather Durham walked, and both runners moved up on an error on a grounder hit by Noelle Navarette.

Daniels scored, and Durham wound up at second. Rachel Bomgren walked, moving Durham to third and Navarette to second. Katie Howe singled home Durham and Navarette, and Bomgren scored on a bad throw.

Pool C

Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) 6, Bethel (Ind.) 2: Trevecca pounded out 12 hits in the win, with Jennifer Perkins going 3-for-4 with a double and a home run and Sammy Simon going 3-for-3.

Brittiany Johnson pitched a four-hitter to pick up the win.

Thomas (Ga.) 5, Houston Baptist 2: Thomas broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the second inning, led by Tina Donaldson's two-run single. Donaldson added a one-run double when Thomas scored twice in the sixth.

Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) 5, Shorter (Ga.) 2: Chelsea Bailey went 3-for-4 with two runs in the win for Trevecca (57-8). Johnson pitched a three-hitter for the win, allowing one earned run.

Houston Baptist 2, Bethel (Ind.) 1, 8 innings: Krissie Connor opened the eighth inning with a single for Houston Baptist (46-11). She moved to second on a bunt, went to third on an error and scored the winning run on Hannah Garza's single.

Winning pitcher Kristi Malpass allowed eight hits and struck out 12.

Shorter (Ga.) 3, Thomas (Ga.) 2: Dana Abrams was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Shorter. Winning pitcher Missy Duke tossed a four-hitter and struck out eight.

Pool D

Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 3, Tiffin (Ohio) 1: Jill Schaeffer drove in a pair of runs for Point Loma, the 2002 NAIA runner-up, and Paige Powell drove in one.

Tiffin managed only one unearned run against Point Loma's K.C. Robertson (16-4), who worked the first 5 2/3 innings. Tyler Lent got the last four outs to close out the win.

St. Gregory's (Okla.) 2, William Penn (Iowa) 1: William Penn managed a run off winning pitcher Sharon Bell in the top of the seventh inning, but St. Gregory's scored twice in the bottom half of the inning.

Nicole Tindall doubled with one out and was replaced by pinch-runner Lacey Craig, who scored on Jessica Reed's double. Brandi Waite pinch-ran for Reed and scored on Laurel Bartholomew's two-out single.

Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 9, Bellevue (Neb.) 0: Point Loma's Melissa Gomez went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. In addition, she pitched four scoreless innings in relief to get the win.

St. Gregory's (Okla.) 2, Tiffin (Ohio) 0: Bell allowed only three hits and struck out six for the win.

The winners scored both of their runs in the sixth inning when pinch-hitter Kayla Jackson doubled home Waite and later scored herself on a wild pitch.

William Penn (Iowa) 1, Bellevue (Neb.) 0: William Penn scored its only run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kimberly Coleman, who went 3-for-3, singled, moved to second on Ashley Brant's double and scored on a groundout.

Winning pitcher Meghan Oden allowed two hits and no walks and struck out six.

NAIA Softball Championships

Friday’s scores

Pool A

California Baptist 10, Virginia-Wise 1

Savannah Art & Design (Ga.) 5, Mobile 1

California Baptist 5, Dickinson State (N.D.) 0

Mobile 11, Virginia-Wise 2

Dickinson State (N.D.) 7, Savannah Art & Design (Ga.) 5

Pool B

Simon Fraser (Canada) 11, Columbia (Mo.) 1

Oklahoma City 7, Vanguard (Calif.) 0

Simon Fraser (Canada) 9, Lee (Tenn.) 8

Oklahoma City 10, Columbia (Mo.) 0

Vanguard (Calif.) 5, Lee (Tenn.) 0

Pool C

Thomas (Ga.) 5, Houston Baptist 2

Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) 6, Bethel (Ind.) 2

Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) 5, Shorter (Ga.) 2

Houston Baptist 2, Bethel (Ind.) 1

Shorter 3, Thomas (Ga.) 2

Pool D

Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 3, Tiffin (Ohio) 1

St. Gregory’s (Okla.) 2, William Penn (Iowa) 1

Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 9, Bellevue (Neb.) 0

St. Gregory’s (Okla.) 2, Tiffin (Ohio) 0

William Penn (Iowa) 1, Bellevue (Neb.) 0

*Note: The top two teams in each pool advance to the double-elimination portion of the tournament.

NAIA Softball Championships

Players of the day

  • California Baptist’s Nikki Lowe ripped two home runs in a 10-1 win over Virginia-Wise. She hit a solo shot for the game’s first run in the fourth inning and then slugged a three-run homer in the seventh.

  • Simon Fraser’s Rebecca Hartley slugged a three-run homer in an 11-1 win over Columbia (Mo.) and a two-run homer in a 9-8 win over Lee (Tenn.). She had seven RBIs in the two games.

  • Jennifer Perkins went 5-for-8 for Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) in a 6-2 win over Bethel (Ind.) and 5-2 victory over Shorter (Ga.). She had a home run, a double, two runs and two RBIs.

  • Dasha Shembereva pitched a three-hit shutout and struck out eight in Oklahoma City’s 7-0 win over Vanguard (Calif.).

  • Sharon Bell of St. Gregory’s (Okla.) pitched 14 innings as the Lady Cavaliers beat William Penn (Iowa) 2-1 and Tiffin (Ohio) 2-0. She allowed one unearned run and nine hits, while striking out 16.

  • Mobile’s Taylor Lee Phillips went 3-for-3 with three one-run singles, a stolen base and a run in an 11-2 win over Virginia-Wise.

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