Release courtesy of Anderson University
EAU CLAIRE, WI - The Anderson University
softball team saw its magical season end at the NCAA Div. III
National Championships as they fell to No. 1 ranked Salisbury 2-0
on Saturday at Gelein Field in Eau Claire, Wisc.
Salisbury scored a run in the first inning on a home run by All-American Michelle Gravdahl and added an insurance run in the fifth inning on an RBI single.
AU managed just one hit off All-American pitcher Rachel Johnson through five innings, with senior Katy Ogden (Beech Grove, Ind./Beech Grove) reaching base in the fourth inning on a single to centerfield.
The Ravens had chances in the sixth and seventh innings to score as they got runners on second and third base with one out in both frames. However, the Ravens were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position in the final two at-bats.
Senior Devin Moorman (Batesville, Ind./Batesville) took the loss in her final game as a Raven, allowing five hits and two runs in five innings while striking out three. Senior Lauren Smith (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) tossed the final inning without allowing a runner.
Lys Hess (Auburn, Ind./Lakewood Park) had the Ravens' other hit in the game as the Sea Gulls outhit AU 5-2 in the contest. Salisbury did make three miscues in the game while the Ravens were without an error.
AU advanced to the World Series for the first time in school history by winning the Angola Regional in their sixth try, including three consecutive appearances. They defeated No. 2 ranked Trine twice, but couldn't knock off the top team in the nation on Saturday.
AU finishes the season 31-18 overall and won its third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship.