May 22, 2004
DECATUR , Ala. – In second day action of the 2004 NAIA Softball National Championships at Wilson Morgan Park in Decatur , Alabama , top-seeded Thomas University ( Ga. ) (49-3) defeated California Baptist University (44-14) 2-0 in extra innings to remain in the winner’s bracket of the tournament. I
n their second consecutive appearance in the championship, the Lady Night Hawks powered out 12 hits but managed to score only two runs.
However, those two runs were enough to overcome California Baptist and advance to play 4th seeded Mobile University on Monday at 3:00 p.m.
First baseman Victoria Masters led Thomas with a 3-4 outing with one run scored.
Tania Black and Stephanie Dixon both added two hits each while the remaining five hits were scattered among five players.
In the top of the eighth inning, Dixon reached on a one-out bunt single and eventually scored on a passed ball by Angella Funk.
Masters added a single to shallow left center field and later scored on a single by Jennifer Byrd.
Cathy Andrijaszyn earned the win for Thomas after entering the game in the sixth inning.
Starter Tracy Black pitched 5 2/3 innings.
As the Region XIII Champion Thomas entered the tournament as the top seed and defeated the College of St. Mary on Friday.
The Lancers’ Lisa Spenser pitched a complete game but suffered the loss to drop her record to 8-3 .
Spenser allowed two earned runs and 12 hits in the game while striking out seven Thomas batters.
California Baptist scattered their four hits among four players.
In their first appearance at the NAIA Softball National Championship, California Baptist defeated Oklahoma City University in Friday’s game.
The Lancers will now drop into the loser’s bracket and will play Brescia University ( Ky. ) at 11:00 a.m. on Monday.
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