Southeastern softball team faces elimination Saturday
SALEM, Va. - Southeastern will return to action at the NCAA Division II National Finals on May 24 at 2:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. central time) when it faces Wayne State (Mich.) in an elimination game at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va.
The Savage Storm come into the contest with a 43-19 record after suffering a 3-2 loss in the opening game of the tournament at the hands of Dixie State.
WSU enters with a 45-11 mark on the year and was bounced to the loser's bracket after surrendering a three-run lead in the top of the seventh inning to Valdosta State who would get a three run homer in the top of the ninth to complete the comeback.
SE collected seven hits in its outing, led by a 2-for-3 effort from Haley Strawn.
Lacy Cook and Sydney Kramer each drove in runs, but the Storm was stung by a pair of errors.
Mindy McElroy tossed 6.2 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing three unearned runs.
Southeastern fell behind 3-0 on a three-run homer by Courtney Sherwin in the top of the third inning, but the Storm bounced back.
Kramer would drive in a run in the bottom of the third and Cook would plate another int he bottom of the seventh, but the rally would end there.
Jessica Simmons continues to lead the Storm offense with a .416 average, while Kramer's RBI put her back atop the team standings in RBI with 52.
Laramie Beal, Kramer and Strawn are each hitting better than .350 as well, with Beal adding 51 RBI and Strawn not far behind at 39.
McElroy dropped to 27-11 with the loss and has 63 strikeouts on the year while allowing opponents to hit just .263.
The Warriors collected 14 hits in their contests with VSU, and staked themselves to a 5-2 lead after scoring a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Blazers would take advantage of a pair of WSU errors in the inning and score three runs to tie the game at 5-5 and send it to extras where Fran Johnson would eventually connect on a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to provide the eventual winning margin for VSU.
Wayne State is paced on offense by Logan White who is hitting .405 on the year, while four other starters are hitting .300 or better.
Lyndsay Butler leads the team in RBI with 31 and home runs with three.
The Warriors feature a pair of pitchers with 20-or-more wins, with Butler leading the way with a 25-6 record with a 1.05 ERA, while Briana Lee is 20-2 with a 0.95 ERA. Butler has struck out 300, while Lee is at 202 K's on the year.
The winner of the contest between SE and WSU will turn around and play again at 7:30 p.m. on May 24 against the loser between West Texas A&M and Armstrong Atlantic.