May 21, 2010
Decatur, Ala. - The NAIA has announced the revised schedule for the remainder of the 2010 Softball National Championships being played at the Wilson Morgan Softball Complex in Decatur, Ala.
Friday's play was suspended due to inclement weather that moved through the area late Thursday night and into Friday morning.
According to the new schedule, Friday's schedule will be played as planned on Saturday, meaning that Shorter College will take on Ottawa University (Kan.) at 5 p.m. CDT tomorrow evening. The No. 10-ranked Lady Hawks (48-14) are 1-0 in Pool G play after defeating 22nd-ranked MidAmerica Nazarene University 2-0 in Thursday's opener.
With Sunday set as an off day, pool play will resume and conclude on Monday, May 24. The Lady Hawks will take on Pool G's top seed and No. 7-ranked Point Loma Nazarene at 2 p.m. CDT on Monday.
There are eight pools at the national tournament and each of the eight pool winners advance to the eight-team, double-elimination national championship tournament. The first round of bracket play will now begin at 9 p.m. CDT on Monday with the second round and consolation bracket play resuming on Tuesday at noon.
Shorter is hoping to advance out of pool play for the first time program history.
The Lady Hawks got off to a good start on Thursday, getting a no-hitter from ace Libby Munson and a timely RBI from Charlsie Broome to beat one of the nation's top pitching staffs in MidAmerica's Penny Eastman and Jennifer Costa.
Munson added an RBI in the third inning to put Shorter up 1-0 and the Lady Hawks put pressure on the Pioneers' defense all afternoon, thanks in large part to a 3-for-3 performance from senior Tiffany Adams, who notched a double and scored a run in the win.
Broome's RBI single came with two outs in the sixth to give the Lady Hawks some breathing room. Shorter pounded out nine hits, but stranded eight runners on the day.
Ottawa enters Saturday's tilt with the Lady Hawks with an 0-1 record in Pool G after dropping a 5-1 decision to Point Loma on Thursday night.
The Lady Braves (27-8), champions of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, had their 11-game winning streak snapped by the Sea Lions. Ottawa boasts a potent offense paced by All-KCAC outfielders Lindsey Tuter and Myah Sprew, who are batting .462 and .445, respectively, on the season.