NCCAA Softball Championships First Day Roundup

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- Day one of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) is now complete with a few surprises and six teams still with a chance at claiming the 2008 NCCAA Softball Championship.

Stay tuned to further recaps and action of the NCCAA Softball Championship tournament.

Day One Recaps

Spring Arbor Outlasts Central Baptist in First Round

Final Score: Spring Arbor 4, Central Baptist 2

SAU at the Plate: Sarah Coburn, Jaime Cade, Lindsay Adamcyck and Katrina Neufeld all contributed two hits each while Jenna Titler added in a hit and a run scored. Neufeld connected for two doubles on the day while Autumn Palik added in a triple.

SAU in the Circle: Autumn Palik tossed seven innings, scattering nine hits and two earned runs while working around trouble with six walks and also chipping in five strikeouts.

CBU at the Plate: Brandi McChristian finished 3-fo-4  with an RBI while Shannon Pickard, Kayla Hawkins, and Chelsey Hust each produced a pair of hits at the dish. Hust score two runs while also drawing a walk. Samantha Baker drew three walks.

CBU in the Circle: Schylar Dake was the tough luck loser for Central Baptist while going the distance. She gave up 11 hits and three earned runs while walking four and striking out four.

Olivet Nazarene Opens Up Tournament With Big Victory Over Mid-Continent

Final Score: Olivet Nazarene University 8, Mid-Continent University 0

ONU at the Plate: The top of the order did it all for ONU as Marisa Baker bashed a 3-for-4 afternoon with four RBI’s including a double and a triple from the three-spot in the batting order. Helping aide the ONU cause was also Amy Murray and Marcia Grimes who each finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Rachelle Renfro added in two hits.

ONU in the Circle: Laurne Chessum went five innings to get the win in the shortened eight-run rule game by allowing only three hits and striking out five. She didn’t walk a batter.

MCU at the Plate: First-baseman Hannah Oliver collected a 2-for-2 day from the cleanup spot while centerfielder Hannah Moseley collected the other MCU base-hit in the game.

MCU in the Circle: Lindsay Ballard started for MCU and was touched up for seven earned runs and ten hits while striking out two and walking three batters. April Carter finished for MCU with the final 1 2/3 innings of work including allowing three hits and one earned run.

Judson Continues Remarkable Run with Upset of Number One Seeded MVNU

Final Score: Judson University 3, Mount Vernon University 2

JU at the Plate: Nicole Dimiceli once again got it done for the up-start Eagles as she collected two more hits from the shortstop position. She also drove in two  runs while Carrie Sensor and Kirstin Krueger each scored a run while collecting a hit. Rachel Pope had the other run-scoring hit.

JU in the Circle: Aimee Ewert was impressive for the Eagles by totaling only two earned runs allowed and five hits. She struck out five and walked only one.

MVNU at the Plate: Leadoff hitter Tasha Konkle produced a multi-hit game at 2-fo-3 with a run scored but the 4-8 hitters combined to go 0-12 for the Cougars.

MVNU in the Circle: Candace White went to the pitching rubber for Mount Vernon and came away with a tough 3-2 defeat. She allowed only seven hits and three earned runs while walking two and striking out three.

Olivet Keeps Rolling as They Down Spring Arbor in Winner’s Bracket Game

Final Score: Olivet Nazarene University 3, Spring Arbor University 0

ONU at the Plate: Marcia Grimes drew a pair of walks, had a hit and scored a run while big hitters Erin Meyerhoff and Caitlin Gidcumb each delivered RBI doubles in the win.

ONU in the Circle: Kellie Koverman was outstanding for ONU as she completed seven shutout innings while walking nobody and striking out seven of the 26 batters she faced. She allowed only five hits by the Cougars.

SAU at the Plate: First-baseman Lindsay Adamcysk connected for a 2-for-3 showing while three other hitters had hits. The 6-9 hitters combined to go 0-for-10 in the game.

SAU in the Circle: Chelsea Brancheau was solid but not spectacular as she walked five and allowed five hits. She gave up three runs although only two were earned.

Mid-Continent Storms Back for a Tournament-Saving Victory Against Central Baptist

Final Score: Mid-Continent University 4, Central Baptist University 3

MCU at the Plate: They had only three hits but they got them when they counted including a big triple by pitcher Meagan Lack who drove in three runs with her big-time shot. April Carter added in a hit and a run scored from the eight place position.

MCU in the Circle: Lack held on strong to aide her performance at the plate with seven innings of work with eight hits allowed and only three earned runs. She struck out four and walked one.

CBU at the Plate: CBU was paced by two hits each from catcher Shannon Pickard and left-fielder Samantha Baker who both finished 2-for-3. Pickard connected for a double for one of her hits.

CBU in the Circle: Schylar Dake was the tough luck loser for Central Baptist with six innings of action including allowing just three hits and four runs (three earned). She struck out one and walked one.

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