Release courtesy of Anderson University
LEXINGTON, KY - The Anderson University softball team defeated Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Defiance College 6-4 in 12 innings of the championship game to win the post-season tournament on Saturday at Hall Field in Lexington, Ky.
The Ravens defeated Transylvania 2-0 in the first game to advance to the championship against Defiance. AU defeated Defiance 3-0 in the first championship game to force a winner-take-all contest.
In the final championship game, Katie Lee drove in the courtesy runner in the top of the 12th and Amy Wuestefeld followed with a double to plate Lee.
AU survived two innings when Defiance had the winning run on third with less than two outs in the bottom of the 9th and 10th frames.
Lauren Smith earned the victory on the mound, allowing four hits and no earned runs in eight innings of relief. Devin Moorman tossed the first four innings, allowing six hits and two runs.
Kourtney Allender led the offense with three hits and an RBI and Wuestefeld and Lee added two hits and an RBI.
Allie Hoover had two hits and Megan Kruse added a two-RBI single.
In the first championship game against Defiance, Wuestefeld led the Ravens with two hits and two RBI, including a home run. Lee had two hits, two runs and Katy Odgen added a RBI single.
Monica Crowe tossed a complete game to earn the victory, allowing just two hits and no runs while striking out three.
In the first game of the day against Transylvania, Crowe also tossed a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits while striking out four.
Natalie Moorhouse led the offense with two hits and Wuestefeld and Hoover added RBI singles.
The title was the sixth HCAC post-season tournament championship for the Ravens. They also won the title in 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000 and 2007.
AU (28-13) advances to the NCAA National tournament next Thursday. The NCAA tournament selection show is scheduled for noon on Monday.