Central Baptist College’s Lady Mustangs, with one of the most dynamic offenses in the NAIA, ran into a wall, then out of gas Monday.
Cal State San Marcos pitcher Courtney Allen struck out 11 and scattered four hits Monday night in leading the Cougars (55-5) to a 4-0 victory that eliminated the Lady Mustangs (53-8) from the NAIA National Softball Tournament at Gulf Shores, Ala.
CBC produced only six runs in its three games in the Elite Eight, defeating Southeast Indiana, 2-1, then losing to Brenau (Ga.), 8-4, and Cal State San Marcos in the shutout in its third game Monday. The Lady Mustangs had nine hits in their two losses.
Monday night, the Lady Mustangs and the Cougars were hit by a 2:25 weather delay, but Allen came back storming in the sixth after the storm, striking out four batters in the final two innings.
The Cougars scored two runs in the third on hits by Alicia Ingram, Kaitlyn McGinty and Alyssa Dronenburg. They added another run in the fourth on two walks and an RBI single by Brittany Ingram. San Marcos scored in the seventh on a hits by Alex Miller, Theresa Houle, Olivia Lucatino and an error.
The Cougars had 10 hits, two each by Dronenburg and Ingram and left 10 men on base, including the bases loaded with two outs in the third.
The Lady Mustangs stranded nine runners with their biggest threat coming in the second when they loaded the bases with two outs. Then Allen (23-5) got Kayleigh Hamilton to fly out the shallow center.
Erica Gunter had two hits for CBC, which went 3-3 in the tournament after qualifying as the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference champion.