KERRVILLE, Texas -- Defending champion and top seed Texas Lutheran University used another excellent outing in the circle from Taylor Grissom and Veny Pizana as well as timely hitting at the plate to defeat 4th-seeded Southwestern University, 5-0. Official Website l Interactive Bracket l Ashley Jacobsen Interview l Head Coach Wade Wilson Interview
Grissom pitched 5.0 innings, allowing only four hits and striking out three to earn her 17th win of the season, tying a school record at TLU. Pizana pitched the final two innings, only allowing one hit in the outing. The Bulldogs have not allowed a run in the SCAC Softball Championship in 21 innings, dating back to last year.
The Bulldogs (34-4, 23-0 SCAC) struck first in the second inning. With two on, Ashley Jacobsen stepped to the plate and laced a single to right field that scooted by the right fielder. The error scored both runs while Jacobsen motored around third to score and give TLU a 3-0 lead.
Southwestern (17-20, 12-9 SCAC) would threaten in the 3rd and 4th innings, getting runners in scoring position, but had nothing to show for it as Grissom closed the door. The Pirates left seven on base.
TLU got some insurance runs in the fifth inning as Nicole Snow stepped up in a pinch hit situation and blasted a two run homerun to increase the lead to 5-0.
Cozette Palmer (11-12), who pitched the first no hitter in SCAC confernece tournament history, took the loss on the day, allowing only one earned run on nine hits.
Texas Lutheran remains in the winner's bracket and will play at 2 p.m. tomorrow against the winner of Trinity and Schreiner. Southwestern will play in a elimination game in the morning against Dallas.