Historic Softball Season Ends in Regional Semifinals

JACKSON, TN - OCU was eliminated by Tennessee Temple in the NCCAA Mid-East Semifnals on Thursday afternoon, but not before the Trailblazers made a big splash to end their memorable season.

OCU Softball enjoyed a historic day on Wednesday, in the quarerfinals, winning their first ever NCCAA postseason game and advancing to day #2 of the double elimination tournament.  

The Blazers came in as the #3 seed in the tournament and opened up with #2 seed, Tennessee Temple University.  

OCU came away with a 7-3 win in a game which they never trailed.  The game was never in doubt after the third inning, as Ohio Christian scored two runs on a two-run error to take a 2-0 lead.  The Blazers added 3 more runs in the 4th inning to push the lead to 5-0.

MacKenna Jennings picked up the win for Ohio Christian. She allowed only three runs over seven innings. Jennings struck out four, walked one and gave up seven hits.

Three runs in the bottom of the fifth helped Tennessee Temple Lady Crusaders close its deficit to 5-3. A two-run triple and an RBI double sparked the Tennessee Temple Lady rally. But, Jennings limited the damage as she had Amanda Rector fly out to end the inning.

Ohio Christian increased its lead with two runs in the seventh. A sacrifice fly scored Bethanie Schaffner to get Ohio Christian on the board once again. That was followed up by Paige Murphy's single, bringing home Jennings.

OCU went on to win 7-3 and earned the right to face Union University in the day #1 finale.

Union struck first as they scored 4 runs in the 3rd inning.  They added another run in the 5th inning to  push their advantage to 5-0.

The OCU batters were held in check, connecting on only two base hits.  

Union went on to win 5-0.  Ohio Christian will now face Tennessee Temple again on Thursday at 11:00AM.  The winner of that game will advance to the final round and the loser will face elimination.

 

 


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#Seed - Participating Teams - Location (Affiliations) {Twitter}
#1 Union University Lady Bulldogs - Jackson, TN
#2 Tennessee Temple University Crusaders - Chattanooga, TN
#3 Ohio Christian University Trailblazers - Circleville, OH
#4 Covenant College Lady Scots - Lookout Mountain, GA
 
Wednesday, May 1
Game 1 - 11:00 p.m.:  #1 Union vs. #4 Covenant
Game 2 - 1:00 p.m.:  #2 Tennessee Temple vs. #3 Ohio Christian
Game 3 - 3:00 p.m.:  Covenant vs. Tennessee Temple
Game 4 - 5:00 p.m.:  Union University vs. Ohio Christian

Thursday, May 2
Game 5 - 11:00 a.m.:  Tennessee Temple vs. Ohio Christian
Game 6 - 1:00 p.m.:  Union University vs. winner game 5
Game 7 (if necessary) - 3:00 p.m.:  winner game 6 vs. loser game 6