Trinity Advances in SCAC Softball Winner's Bracket with Win over Southwestern
April 23, 2011
April 23, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — Trinity’s Colbie Devost allowed just one hit and struck out seven to lead the Tigers to a 2-1 victory over Southwestern in the winner’s bracket of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Championship.
Trinity improved to 20-22 on the season and advanced to face the winner of the contest between Centre and DePauw. Southwestern dropped to 27-14 with the loss and is set to play Millsaps Saturday afternoon in the loser’s bracket.
The Tigers got on the board in the top of the third inning as Becca Rush knocked a double to left centerfield, advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and scored an unearned run on a throwing error.
In the top of the fourth, Trinity’s Megan Russell led off with a double to centerfield. Kayleigh Kinlaw followed with a bunt for a base hit, and both runners advanced with stolen bases. Russell scored on a single to left by Brooke Sanchez to put the Tigers up, 2-0.
In the circle, Devost held Southwestern scoreless until Abigail O’Connor hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 2-1.
Still down one run in the bottom of the seventh, the Pirates had a base runner after Kayla Irvin drew a walk with one out. Kaylee Kucharski, the pinch runner, took second on a passed ball, but Southwestern was unable to advance her any further.
Trinity totaled four hits, with Sanchez tallying one hit and one RBI. O’Connor had the lone hit for Southwestern.
Devost improved to 13-11 after allowing just one run and striking out seven. Southwestern’s Lauren Zearfoss fell to 16-5 with the loss.