Baldwin Wallace Softball Team Defeats Bethany (W. Va.), 6-3, in First Game of NCAA Regional Tourney
ADRIAN, MICHIGAN – The Baldwin Wallace University softball team defeated Bethany (W. Va.) College today (Thursday, May 12) in the team’s opening game of the eight-team NCAA Central Region Tournament hosted by Adrian College at the Adrian Softball Field. The Yellow Jackets were led by senior second team All-Ohio Athletic Conference player Tanya Davis (Hinckley/Medina Highland) as she was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in scored two runs and had an assist from centerfield.
BW, the champions of the OAC Tournament, received an at-large bid and was seeded third while Bethany, the champions of the Presidents Athletic Conference, was seeded sixth. The other game in the bottom half of the bracket features the seven-seed Hiram College, the champions of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament, versus the second-seed Alma (Mich.) College, who received an at-large bid out of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Yellow Jackets will face the winner of that game at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow.
With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 28-9 and Bethany is now 29-15. The win ties the Baldwin Wallace school record for wins in a season with 28 and improves their all-time NCAA tournament record to 2-2 overall. BW won their seventh game in a row and first NCAA tourney game since 1992.
In the sixth inning, BW answered a three run top of the sixth inning from Bethany by putting up another run in the bottom half of the inning. Resek walked with one out, then advanced to second on a groundout by Elber. Following a fly out by Davis, Murray smacked a single up the middle for her second RBI of the game and extended the BW lead to 6-3.
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