April 26, 2008
Rome, Ga. - For the first time in their short five-year history, the Shorter College Lady Hawks are the Southern States Athletic Conference Softball Tournament Champions. After clinching the regular season title last weekend with two wins over Faulkner, Shorter beat Lee University, 6-1, today to win four straight tournament games, to be named champions.
Shorter (47-9) continued to use the strength of pitcher, and SSAC freshman of the year, Libby Munson, and a powerful offense to take their 19th straight win.
Lee (31-20) started the game off with a run in the first inning, but it was the only lead they saw all game.
In the bottom of the first inning, Kandi Bruno singled to begin what would be a four-run inning for the Lady Hawks. After a Munson single advanced Bruno, Jessica Sanders was walked to load the bases. Singles from Kerry Hammond and Lakyn Newton scored one run a piece, and a two-RBI double from Lindsey McDaniel put Shorter up 4-1 going into the second.
In the third and fourth innings, Shorter tacked on two insurance runs. Singles from Hammond, Newton, and McDaniel set the stage for a Monica West RBI ground out in the third, and, in the fourth inning, a Newton single scored Munson to make it a 6-1 game.
Shorter had 12 hits in the game, with Hammond going 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI, and Newton going 3-for-3 with two RBI. Munson and McDaniel also had strong games with two hits apiece.
Munson picked up the win (26-2) for the Lady Hawks, throwing the complete game with just one run. She gave up six hits, struck out five, and walked none on her way to the win.
Lee's Jessica Kerr got the loss.
"This is a very special day for Shorter and for this team," said head coach Melanie Carter. "Libby continued to be strong for us on the mound and our offense came around and was as strong as they've been all season. Now we have to keep our sights on the region tournament."
The ninth-ranked Lady Hawks will travel next to the Region XIII tournament in Orange Beach, Ala., on May 6-8.