MARION, Ind. - 4/30/2004 - The Union University softball team won the 2004 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship on Friday with a 3-0 shutout win over Spring Arbor University. For Union, this was their third NCCAA National Softball Championship in the past four years (2001, 2001, and 2004). Also for Union, this is the third NCCAA National Championship for Union Athletics this season as women's volleyball and men's soccer both brought home the title back in the fall.
Earlier in the day on Friday, Union topped Spring Arbor 8-5 in the winner's bracket championship. Leah Gronberg improved to 24-3 with the win. All of Union's starters recorded at least one hit in the game, including five players with two hits each.
In a rematch for the title, Union again topped Spring Arbor with a 3-0 shutout thrown by sophomore pitcher Mary Kosco. Kosco improves to 18-7 on the year. The only offense of the game came in the bottom of the third inning when Christina Johnson hit a three-run homer to score to drive in Gronberg and Allison Shein.
On Thursday, Union defeated Indiana Wesleyan University 5-3 and then topped Bethel College (Ind.) 2-0 to move to the winner's bracket championship on Friday. In the 2-0 win over Bethel, Kosco tossed a no-hitter.
On the season, Union improves to 42-10. Up next for Union is the TranSouth Conference Tournament to be hosted at Union's Fesmire Field. Union will enter the conference tournament with the No. 1 seed after winning their sixth straight regular season conference title.
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