2003 National Championship Tournament Press Release
Friday, May 16 - G8 -
#10 Oklahoma City (37-23) def. #7 Union (Tenn.) (44-12), 2-0
NAIA Softball National Championship
DECATUR, Ala. – In first round action of the 23rd Annual NAIA Softball National Championship at Wilson Morgan Park in Decatur, Alabama, defending champion Oklahoma City University (44-11) shut out Union University (44-12) 2-0 in opening round action after a five-hour rain delay.
Scoreless after five innings of play, the
Stars of Oklahoma City led off the sixth inning with a double by
Jessica Oleson (2-for-3). Oleson
later scored on a bases-loaded infield error.
The Stars added another run in the top of the seventh inning
when Jill Vaughn hit a one-out double.
Pinch-runner Lara Vetoyanis later scored on a single by Kami
Union failed to capitalize on several opportunities by stranding eight runners on base including three in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Lady Bulldogs were led in hitting by Holly Haycroft (2-for-3). Jennifer Boily earned the victory for the Stars while Leah Gronberg suffered the loss for Union.
Oklahoma City advances to face the winner of the Simon Fraser/Brescia game while Union drops into the loser’s bracket to face Warner Southern (25-26) at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.
as a small-college basketball tournament in 1937, the NAIA is a
leader in the world of intercollegiate athletics. The NAIA was the
first intercollegiate organization to offer athletic opportunities
to all student-athletes, regardless of race or ethnic background,
and the first intercollegiate organization to conduct championships
for both men and women. The NAIA currently offers 23 separate
championships in 13 sports, and has 332 colleges and universities in
44 states and three Canadian provinces as member institutions.