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Lindsey Wilson captures Mid South baseball, softball crowns to qualify for NAIA tourney

The Blue Raiders (45-6) won their fifth MSC Softball Tournament title in the last six years and extended the program-record winning streak to 29 straight games (LWC Athletics Photo)

The Blue Raiders (45-6) won their fifth MSC Softball Tournament title in the last six years and extended the program-record winning streak to 29 straight games (LWC Athletics Photo)


A barrage of hits and a stellar pitching performance from Jordan Hood helped propel the Lindsey Wilson softball team to a 9-0 win over St. Catharine (Ky.) in the championship game of the Mid-South Conference Tournament on Saturday at Michael O. Buchanon Park.

The victory gives the Blue Raiders (45-6) their fifth MSC Tournament title in the last six years and extends the program-record winning streak to 29-straight games. Lindsey Wilson will serve as one of 10 host sites for the 2015 NAIA National Championship opening round on May 11.

St. Catharine (20-26), the No. 5 seed, advanced to the championship game, beating top-seeded Campbellsville (Ky.) earlier in the day, but ran out of steam as the Blue Raiders dominated right out of the gate.

Lindsey Wilson scored early and often in the game, notching at least one run in the first five innings including a pair of three-spots in the second and third frames.

The second-seeded Blue Raiders quickly got out to a 1-0 lead in the first after Jenna Firestein reached on a walk and scored just one batter later when Chelsea Showers sent a double deep down the left-field line.

Lindsey Wilson was able to add three runs in the third on a bunt single by Firestein.

While the Blue Raiders were firing on all cylinders at the plate, Hood was masterful in the circle.

The senior retired 15 of the first 17 batters she faced and did not allow a hit until the sixth inning, just one of two hits allowed all game. Hood (14-2) recorded 12 strikeouts in the win, the sixth time this season she has reached double digits, while earning her 14th complete-game effort of the year.

Cammuse (10-15) took the loss giving up the four runs in the first two innings.

Blue Raiders capture NAIA baseball tourney berth

The Lindsey Wilson baseball team also qualified for post-season NAIA Championship play after capturing the Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship with a 4-3 win over St. Catharine (Ky.) 4-3 on Sunday in Bowling Green Ballpark.

The victory gives the Blue Raiders (37-18) their second MSC Tournament title in program history and secures a spot in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round later this month. The tournament begins on campus sites on May 12.

Lindsey Wilson and St. Catharine (36-15) battled back and forth in a pitcher’s duel for the opening six innings of the game. Scott Sebald got the start for the Blue Raiders while Daniel Lerma took the bump for St. Catharine. Both pitchers came into the game on short rest, Sebald throwing 100 pitches in a 4-1 win over Shawnee State (Ohio) on Thursday, while Lerma threw 105 pitches on Friday in a 5-3 win over Campbellsville (Ky.).

The opening six innings breezed by, taking just over an hour to complete as the Patriots recorded three hits and Lerma had a perfect game going. That perfect game came to an abrupt halt in the top of the seventh when MSC Player of the Year Alex Bautista sent a 1-0 pitch 390 feet to left center for a solo shot to score the first run of the game.

In the top of the eighth, the Blue Raiders increased their lead to 4-0 using small ball tactics and the help of a pair of St. Catharine errors. Victor Nazario reached on a dropped third strike after swinging on a wild pitch in the dirt that bounced past the catcher.

Ashton then laid down a bunt right down the third base line. St. Catharine’s third baseman Marc Mason attempted to make the play, but his throw sailed into the stands to allow runners to move to second and third. Daryl Blaskovich then delivered a perfect sacrifice fly to right center to allow Nazario to score from third, and pinch runner Levi Perez to move to third on the play.

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After Ryan Harper was intentionally walked, Dustin Woody laid down a bunt down the first base line. As Perez scored on the play, Lerma fielded the ball and attempted to make the tag on Woody but dropped the ball, allowing Woody to reach safely.

Brandon Munoz then stepped to the plate and delivered a single to left field as Harper raced all the way home from second to make it a 4-0 game.

Sebald (9-3) picked up the win, throwing 71 strikes out of his 87 total pitches without allowing an earned run. Hartman picked up his first save of the year. Lerma (3-4) took the loss allowing the four runs – two earned – in 7-1/3 innings with six strikeouts.

From LWC Athletics

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