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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:27 pm

Trine softball falls in DIII opener

JOURNAL GAZETTE

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Trine's rally from a four-run deficit came up short as Amherst held on for a 4-3 win in the NCAA Division III Softball championships opener Thursday.

After a seven-inning pitchers' duel, the Mammoths scored four runs in the eighth. The Thunder scored three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning, but was unable to complete the comeback.

Trine (37-9) will play the loser of Virginia Wesleyan and Texas-Tyler at noon today in an elimination game. Amherst (34-10) picked up its first win at the national tournament and will play the winner of Virginia Wesleyan and Texas-Tyler at 7:30 p.m. today.

Carly Bachna drove in two runs for Trine.

Pitchers Danielle Ray for Trine and Gina Pagan for Amherst were dominant as the teams were scoreless through seven innings.

Pagan (23-4) earned the win with 7 1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, walked five and struck out four. Lorena Ukanwa pitched got the save..

Ray took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits, walking three and striking out five.

In the eighth, Michaela Hartline drew a walk and Claire Ryan was hit by a pitch to start the Trine rally in the seventh. Bachna hit a single to score two runs and cut the deficit in half. After a wild pitch, Porter lined a single to left to score Bachna and cut the score to 4-3.

Amherst had a 4-0 lead after the top of the eighth, with Ally Kido's single driving in two runs.

Amherst outhit Trine 8-6, with the Mammoths committing the game's lone error.