The 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Softball season came to a close this weekend after DePauw dropped a tough 1-0 contest to Trine in NCAA Division III Regional play in Greencastle, Indiana.
The Tigers found themselves in an elimination contest after falling to Trine, 17-4. They then rebounded with a 2-1 victory over Maryville (TN) to earn a spot in the regional final in which they would need to beat the Thunder twice.
Game 6 was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth as a homerun by Trine’s Lainey McCue would give the Thunder a 1-0 lead. DePauw would look to plate a run in the top of the fifth and sixth with a runner on third and two outs. However, a fly out to left in the fifth and a ground out to short would end the Tigers chance of tying the game. DePauw's last chance to even the score came in the seventh with another runner on third with two outs, but a lineout to short would end the Tigers NCAA appearance.
DePauw was led by Kaylyn Linder (Indianapolis, IN/Scecina Memorial), Jordyn Fera (Hoffman Estates, IL/Hoffman Estates), Meghan Gonzalez (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) and Abey Bass (Shelbyville, IN/Shelbyville) who all posted one hit in the game. Cami Henry (Camby, IN/Mooresville) took the loss on the mound after allowing just two hits and striking out ten.
DePauw finished the year with a record of 33-14, including the program’s fifth NCAC Tournament championship and a first-place finish in the regular season after posting a perfect conference record of 16-0.
Games 3 & 5:
DePauw rebounded with a 2-1 victory over Maryville (TN) in the elimination game of the 2019 NCAA Softball Tournament on Saturday. The Tigers will now move on to day 3 of play on the national stage and compete against Trine in Game 6 of the regional at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday at home in Greencastle, Indiana. If DePauw is victorious, the Tigers will force a game 7 of the regional which will be played Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
To start the day, DePauw fell 17-4 to Trine. Alyssa Nowak (Bartlett, IL/Bartlett) led the Tigers offensively as she went 3-for-3 with one RBI, while Kate Geary (Geneva, IL/Geneva) went 2-for-4 and scored one run.
In the elimination game, Kaylyn Linder (Indianapolis, IN/Scecina Memorial) went a perfect 4-for-4 for DePauw and scored one run, while Jordyn Fera (Hoffman Estates, IL/Hoffman Estates) tallied two RBI. Cami Henry (Camby, IN/Mooresville) earned the victory on the mound throwing a complete game, scattering six hits and striking out nine.
DePauw earned a 4-1 victory over St. Vincent in the opening round of the 2019 NCAA Softball Tournament. The Tigers will now face Trine at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Thunder claimed a 4-3 win over Maryville (TN) in the other opening round match in Greencastle, Indiana.
DePauw was led by Grace Smith (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville), who went 2-for-2 with one scored run, and Alyssa Nowak (Bartlett, IL/Bartlett), who went 2-for-3 and recorded three RBI on the day. To start the scoring for the Tigers, Nowak singled to center in the bottom of the fourth to score Smith and Sarah Beischer (Hebron, IN/Valparaiso) and take a 2-1 lead. Jordyn Fera (Hoffman Estates, IL/Hoffman Estates) then bunted in an RBI while Nowak singled in a run in the bottom of the sixth to extend DePauw's lead, 4-1. Riley Magoon (Colchester, VT/Colchester) earned the win on the mound after going five innings scattering two hits and striking out seven.
After capturing the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Softball Tournament title on May 5, the DePauw Tigers earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. DePauw will be one of 16 hosts for an NCAA regional, beginning May 10.
The regional begins with the Tigers (31-12) facing St. Vincent (29-14) in the opening round while Trine (30-6) and Maryville (TN) (28-9) square off in the other Friday game at DePauw.
St. Vincent is making its second NCAA tournament appearance after winning the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship. The Bearcats only other trip to the NCAA tournament was in 2016. DePauw earned its 11th trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last 13 years under head coach Erica Hanrahan.
The regional round will be held May 10-12. Four teams will compete at 14 regional sites and three teams will compete at two regional sites. The team advancing from each regional will compete in the super regional round May 17 and 18. The finals, hosted by Texas-Tyler, will be held May 23-28 at Suddenlink Field in Tyler, Texas. All rounds will use a double-elimination format.