After scrapping their way Saturday into the double-elimination championship round, Central Baptist College’s Lady Mustangs faced another fight for survival Monday in the NAIA National Softball Tournament.
The Lady Mustangs (53-7) gained the Elite Eight with a 7-2 victory over Lee College of Tennessee on Saturday in their final game of pool play. The victory put CBC, Lee and Reinhardt University all with 2-1 records in pool play. The Lady Mustangs won the top spot in the pool and advanced to the final rounds of the tournament on the tiebreaker, which was run differential in the games involving the three tied teams.
After an opening-game victory in the double-elimination championship round Monday morning, CBC was thrust into the losers bracket Monday afternoon.
Brenau College of Georgia pounded out 13 hits off two CBC pitchers in an 8-4 victory over the Lady Mustangs, who were scheduled to play at elimination game Monday night against Cal State San Marcos.
The Golden Tigers of Gainesville, Ga., (45-14) broke the game open with five runs on four straight hits in the first inning. They added runs in the third, fourth and sixth.
CBC, which had only five hits, scored in the second on two walks and a single by Kiara Bonner. Trailing 7-1, the Lady Mustangs scored three times in the fourth on an error, a walk, a single by Kayleigh Harriman and a double by Erica Gunter.
Anna Manness (22-9) got the win for the Golden Tigers. Bock (29-5), the starter, took the loss.
Christen Kirchner’s two-run home run in the first inning, one of four hits by CBC, led the Lady Mustangs to a 2-1 victory of Southeast Indiana in Monday morning’s opener.
Jessica Bock allowed five hits and struck out four in picking up the win for CBC.
Southeast Indiana’s only run came on a solo home run by Jade Detzer with two outs in the seventh.