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Lady Bulldog Softball vs. Oklahoma City University (Okla.)

Fri, May 16, 2003  8:00 p.m.   Decatur, Ala.
Union Result: L 0-2
NAIA Softball World Series

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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

 DEFENDING CHAMPION OKLAHOMA CITY SHUTS OUT UNION IN FIRST ROUND ACTION 

May 16, 2003

 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 Brokaw (1-for-2).  

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.

 -NAIA-

 Founded 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.

 



 

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