Pitching takes center stage on day two of the World Series

COLUMBUS, Ga. – [BRACKET | SCHEDULE] After rescheduling three games a day earlier, five games ended on day two of the 2022 NAIA Softball National Championship. The top seeds went 3-2 that day as the top two seeds advanced in the winner’s bracket. Grand View (Iowa) was the only team to play twice on Friday and went 1-1 on the day as Southeastern (Florida) also saw its second game of the 2022 Spring Classic.

PLAY NOTES/HIGHLIGHTS

No. 8 Grand View (Iowa) def. No. 9 Tennessee Wesleyan, 1-0

  • In the top of the fourth, Grand View right fielder Allyx Lee made an incredible one-hitter shot into right-center field to kick out Loryn Sherwood to keep the berth at zero.
  • Alyx Witt broke the deadlock late in the fourth. Third baseman Viking threw a solo shot to left center to give the Des Moines team a 1-0 lead. It was his eighth of the season.
  • Tennessee Wesleyan starting pitcher Cheyenne Strong was perfect until the fourth-inning homer. The elder recorded eight strikeouts and allowed only one hit on the day.
  • Strong was named NAIA National Pitcher of the Week for two consecutive weeks this season (April 5 and April 12).

No. 5 Science & Arts (Okla.) def. Oregon Tech No. 4, 3-0

  • Two of the NAIA’s top pitchers faced off in the second of five games on Day Two and did not disappoint. Neither gave up a run through six innings and combined for 19 strikeouts.
  • Emily Cerny was off for the Drovers. The reigning NAIA National Pitcher of the Year pitched 11 and allowed just three hits with 150 pitches.
  • Oregon Tech’s Sarah Abramson got into trouble in the top seventh. The fifth-year senior entered what became the winning run after putting in a nearly flawless performance.
  • Abramson’s eight strikeouts put her just three short of the Cascade Collegiate Conference career strikeout record (911).
  • Oregon Tech’s shutout by Science & Arts was the Owls’ first in 96 games.

No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan beats. No. 3 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), 3-1

  • Indiana Wesleyan broke through in the top of the fourth. After a walk with the bases loaded, Elisha Koshy tackled a pair on a two-run RBI single to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead.
  • Freed-Hardeman responded in the bottom half of the fourth. With the bases loaded and just one out, Caitlin Mitchell roped in a sacrificial fly to left field to put the Lion on the board.
  • Emma Etter-Cox came in fifth and pitched the final three innings for the Wildcats. The Indianapolis freshman allowed just one hit with 28 pitches to recover the three-inning stoppage.
  • Freed-Hardeman’s Brittany Adair suffered her first loss and fell to 18-1 this year.

No. 2 Oklahoma City def. No. 7 Southeast (Florida), 2-0

  • OCU right wing Shelby Cornelson had a two-hit shutout in the win, his 34th NAIA-leading win of the season
  • The Stars struck first in the second, as a Kaitlyn Jones single was followed by a Brooklyn Mason double. Mallory McCoy gave the go-ahead with a sacrifice fly to Jones
  • OCU extended the lead in the third, as Kennedy Jackson and Rally Radacy each singled. Jackson stole third and scored on an errant pitch
  • The Fire had their best scoring chance in the sixth inning, as Haleigh Harrell led the frame with a brace but failed to score.
  • The Stars improved to 51-6 on the season with the win

No. 1 Mobile (Alabama) def. No. 8 Grand View (Iowa), 9-1

  • Grand View (Iowa) took an early lead, thanks to a goal-laden walk to Rachel Anderson to make it 1-0.
  • Mobile (Alabama) had a trio of points in the second and third to take the lead for good.
  • The three runs the Rams scored in the second were unearned.
  • Eila Infante scored on a walk full of goals late in the third to give the Rams a 4-1 lead.
  • Jaden Morace followed with a two RBI single to extend the lead to 6-1.
  • Morace and Infante combined to go 4-8 at home plate
  • Emily Butts improved to 23-0 after throwing a one-hit shutout in four and two-thirds of an inning.
  • With this victory, Mobile has secured its 50e win of the season.

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