Greencastle, Ind. - After suffering a 17-4 winner's bracket loss to Trine earlier in the day, DePauw stayed alive in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship with a 2-1 elimination game win over Maryville (Tenn.). The 33-13 Tigers face 32-6 Trine tomorrow at Noon and, with a win, can force the if necessary game that would follow. Complete information is available through the regional site
Maryville got out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Alexus Murray led off with a single and moved to third after a failed pickoff attempt at first. Reid Ballard then delivered a two-out double scoring Murray.
The Tigers left five on base in the first three innings including three in the second. Becca St. Germain led off the fifth with a single and moved to second on Kaylyn Linder's bunt single. Sidney Holler singled to load the based before Jordyn Fera ripped a two-run double to left.
Linder had four of DePauw's nine hits, while Murray and Ballard each had two of the Scots' six hits.
Cami Henry improved to 18-7 and struck out nine, while Katlyn Smith dropped to 22-5. Maryville finished its season at 29-11.
In the Trine game, Grace Smith's RBI grounder in the first scored Linder and gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead. The Thunder evened the score in the third on Lexi Clark's solo homer down the right field line.
Lainey McCue's three-run homer in the fourth made it 4-1 before Taylor Murdock singled home Makenna Hartline in the fifth and McCue clubbed a two-run blast in the fifth to push the lead to 7-1.
Abey Bass singled home Fera in the sixth to cut the lead to 7-2, but Trine plated 10 in the seventh including McCue's third homer of the contest.
Alyssa Nowak and Holler each had run-scoring singles in the seventh to close the scoring.
Nowak had three of DePauw's 11 hits, while Kate Geary added two. McCue had four of Trine's 10 hits and tied Division III Championship records with her three homers and eight RBI.
Henry dropped to 17-7, while Hannah Kampmann moved to 14-1.