Angelina becomes first Texas team to win DI Softball national crown
May 18, 2014
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ST. GEORGE, Utah – Entering the NJCAA DI Softball National Championship as the No. 10 seed, Angelina (Texas) became the first team from the Lone Star State to claim the national crown with an 8-5 win over Central Florida Saturday.
The Roadrunners were led offensively by sophomore Melissa Boland. The second baseman went 3-for-4 with a game-high four RBIs. Leading 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Boland hit a three-run homer to give Angelina a commanding 5-0 lead.
After giving up a run in the top of the fourth, the Roadrunners struck back with two more in the home half of the inning. Freshman shortstop Sage Martinez singled in freshman right fielder Madalyn Sumrall and was followed by Boland who drove in freshman third baseman Kassie James with a base hit of her own.
Central Florida mounted a valiant comeback in the final two innings of play. Freshman outfielder Cheyenne Blaha started things off for the Patriots with a solo home run in the sixth. With two outs in the inning, sophomore outfielder Amber Acosta had a base hit to push across freshman first baseman Lindsay O’Steen and trim the deficit to 8-3.
With two outs in the seventh, O’Steen cut Angelina’s lead in half with a two-run homer. Trailing 8-5, the Patriots continued to make things interesting when they loaded the bases on a hit batsman, single and a walk. With the tying run on first and representing the go-ahead run however, freshman right fielder Taylor Morrow popped up to end the game.
Sumrall was named Tournament MVP after recording a hit in every game – going 10-for-19 overall – and totaling six RBIs. Freshman Samantha Moore was honored as Most Outstanding Pitcher, tallying seven strikeouts and giving up only six earned runs in 22 1/3 innings of work.
With the victory, Angelina finished off their 2014 campaign with a 42-12 record. The defeat dropped Central Florida to 48-15 for the season.
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