SHC Softball NAIA Playoff News
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Spring Hill College softball team closed out the 2014 season with a 4-0 lost to host Oklahoma City University in the championship game of the 2014 NAIA Softball National Championship Tournament Opening Round at Ann Lacy Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The Stars (52-11, 3-0) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after a two-out, two-run triple to left field by Stars' pitcher Jamie Rateliff in the 1st inning. An infield single by designated player Danielle Fox then brought in Rateliff as the Badger deficit grew to 4-0.
Badger starter Caroline Sagrera (38-11) gave up seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts while Rateliff (13-2) allowed four hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Fox and shortstop Kyndra Holasek each had a pair of hits for the Stars.
Spring Hill finished with a 2-2 record in the Opening Round and a 42-14 record on the season while the Stars advance to the 2014 NAIA Softball World Series in Columbus, Ga., beginning on May 22 at South Commons Softball Complex. The game also marked the final team event in the NAIA for the Spring Hill College Athletic Department as the Badgers make the move to NCAA Division II and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) this fall.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – With the aid of pitcher Caroline Sagrera's fourth no-hitter of the season, the Spring Hill College softball team earned a 6-0 victory over the MidAmerica Nazarene University Pioneers in the elimination bracket of the 2014 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round at Ann Lacy Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Spring Hill (42-13, 2-1) will face tournament host Oklahoma City University (51-11, 2-0) in the championship round on Wednesday at 12 p.m. with the "if necessary" game scheduled for 3 p.m. Having lost 1-0 to OCU earlier on Tuesday, the Badgers will need to win two games over the Stars to advance to the 2014 NAIA Softball World Series in Columbus, Ga.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The No. 1 seeded Spring Hill College softball team suffered a 1-0 loss to the host and No. 2 seed Oklahoma City University Stars in the winners' bracket game of 2014 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round at Ann Lacy Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Spring Hill (41-13, 1-1) will play again this evening at 6 p.m. versus the winner of this afternoon's elimination game at 3 p.m. between MidAmerica Nazarene University and Kansas Wesleyan University.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The No. 1 seeded Spring Hill College softball team opened the 2014 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round with a 2-1 win over the MidAmerica Nazarene University Pioneers at Ann Lacy Stadium on Monday.
The Opening Round field is comprised of 32 automatic qualifiers and eight at-large berths. Automatic qualification is given to conference regular-season champions, regular-season runners-up, tournament champions or tournament runners-up depending on the league. Conferences with 10 or more members earned two automatic qualifiers and conferences with less than 10 landed one auto berth. At-large teams were determined using the final regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The softball opening rounds will be contested from May 12-14 at 10 various sites with four teams playing in a double-elimination format at each location.
The 10 Opening Round champions will punch their ticket for the 34th annual NAIA Softball World Series in Columbus, Ga., from May 23-29, 2014.
This year will mark the fifth trip to the NAIA National Tournament for the Badger softball team. Spring Hill holds an overall 10-8 record in the event with a 2nd place finish in 2013 and a 3rd place finish in 1999.