May 13, 2014

Statesmen drop to consolation bracket in opening round tourney


The William Penn softball team will have to battle back from the loser’s bracket after falling 14-0 in five innings to No. 2 seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at the NAIA National Championship Opening Round Monday.
The third-seeded Statesmen (36-19) were outhit just 9-4, but two grand slams were more than enough to sink the squad. William Penn will now try to stay alive, facing No. 4 Cornerstone (Mich.) Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. (Central) in an elimination game. The winner of that contest will meet the loser of the Lindsay Wilson-No. 1 Saint Xavier (Ill.) game at 4 p.m.
After a scoreless first inning, the Raiders (46-9) got on the board with six runs in the second. Jennifer Whitehead shut down Lindsay Wilson in the third, but the No. 2 seed responded with four more runs in both the fourth and fifth frames.
Whitehead fell to 26-9 with the loss, giving up 10 runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. She struck out seven batters with five walks and permitted grand slams in the second and fourth.
Lunden Young relieved the senior in the fourth, but also had struggles, allowing four runs on two hits in 1 1/3 innings. She managed one strikeout against one walk.
Malloree Grove guided the offense by going 2-for-3, while Jorden Steele and Ashlee Dennis were both 1-for-2.

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