Defiance Top Trine, 1-0, in NCAA Opener
May 7, 2009
May 7, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Fifth-seed Defiance scored an unearned run in the fourth and it was all it would need as the Yellow Jackets took a 1-0 win over fourth-seed Trine in the opening game of the first round of the NCAA Softball Championship.
Melanie Bushman led off the inning with a walk and Julie Miller entered as a pinch-runner. Marah Robinson followed with a sacrifice bunt before Kayla Crager reached on a two-out error allowing Miller to score.
Each team totaled four hits as Cassie Byrd had a couple of singles for the Thunder. Trine left eight runners stranded in the game including two each in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
Justine Johnson improved to 18-9 on the season with the four-hit shutout, while Amber Matthews dropped to 12-6 with the loss.
Trine dropped to 29-11 with the loss and takes on top-seed and fourth-ranked Ohio Northern this afternoon at 4 p.m., while Defiance improved to 29-14 and plays next on Friday at 2 p.m.