NCAC Weekly Release (5-5-14) - Softball

NCAC Weekly Release (5-5-14) - Softball

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DePauw (13-3, 26-18) captured its first North Coast Athletic Conference softball tournament championship after defeating Wittenberg (11-5, 24-11), 5-4, in game 7 of the 2014 NCAC Softball Tournament on Saturday in Greencastle, Indiana. Game 7 was needed after Wittenberg earned a 8-7 victory over DPU in game 6. In game 7, Megan Landahl’s  (Brookfield, IL/Riverside-Brookfield) walkoff single down the right field line in the bottom of the seventh scored Taylor Golden (Chicago, IL/Trinity) from third to give DePauw the win, as Kahla Nolan (West Chicago, IL/Wheaton North) collected her third win of the weekend. 

The Tigers opened the NCAC Tournament with a 3-1 victory over fourth-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (9-7, 23-18) to advance in the winner’s bracket where they defeated Wittenberg, 4-1, to advance to the championship round. Wittenberg defeated third-seeded Denison (10-6, 20-16), 5-2, in the opening round before falling to DePauw in the winners bracket. The Tigers then defeated Ohio Wesleyan, 5-0, to advance to the championship round.

Nolan was named the Most Valuable Player of the NCAC Tournament, joining Tiger teammates Golden, Landahl, Sanni Ball (Columbia, MO/Rock Bridge Senior) and Linsey Button (Ballwin, MO/Lafayette) on the All-Tournament team. In four games, Nolan posted a 3-1 record in the circle with a 2.75 ERA, a tournament-high 26 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .215 batting average in 28 innings of work.

Three Wittenberg players were named to the All-Tournament team as well, including Rachel Ross (Westerville, OH/South), Loren Combs (Cincinnati, OH/Turpin) and Laura Rose (Riverside, OH/Stebbins). Also, named to the All Tournament team were Ohio Wesleyan’s Taylor Dickson (Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) and Dani Haley (Maumee, OH/Anthony Wayne), and Denison’s Julie Rooney (Munroe Falls, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls).

The Tigers will travel to Angola, Indiana on Friday, May 9 to play Muskingum (26-16) in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Trine Regional. With a victory over Muskingum, DePauw would move on to the winners bracket semifinal against either Trine (37-3) or Washington and Jefferson (24-10). Should the Tigers lose in the opening round, DePauw would meet the loser of the Trine and W&J contest in an elimination game.

The championship will use a new format this year that includes a super regional round of competition. The regional rounds will be held May 9-11. Four teams will compete at 14 regional sites and three teams will compete at two regional sites. The team advancing from each regional will compete in the super regional round May 16 and 17. The finals, hosted by Texas-Tyler, will be held May 22-27 at Suddenlink Field in Tyler, Texas. All rounds will use a double-elimination format.