May 29, 2013 Edition

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Hallie Horton of Williams Baptist College swings for a hit in the Lady Eagles 7-1 loss to Spring Hill College in the NAIA National Championship Softball Tournament on Monday in Columbus, Ga. The Lady Eagles defeated Lee University 3-0 on Friday to advance in the winner's bracket before falling to Spring Hill. WBC was scheduled to face Reinhardt University on Tuesday afternoon in an elimination game.

The sixth-ranked Lady Eagles softball squad lost to Spring Hill College by the score of 7-1 on Monday evening in the semifinals of the winner's bracket at the 2013 NAIA National Championship in Columbus, Ga.

The loss sends the Lady Eagles to the loser's bracket, where they were to meet Reinhardt University on Tuesday.

Spring Hill plated four runs in the top of the first via two home runs. Williams threatened in the second and third innings with runners in scoring position for each, but could not get the break-through hit.

The Lady Eagles lone run came in the fourth. Hallie Horton singled to left-center with two outs. Teighlor Williams pinch ran for her and scored on a Kayla Jones' double off the fence in left field.

Spring Hill added a two-run home run in the fifth that was originally ruled foul by the home plate umpire before being overruled by the umpire on second base.

WBC was held to one run on two hits in the contest.

The Lady Eagles record is 45-8 on the season.

Lee University

The Williams Baptist College softball squad defeated third-ranked Lee University 3-1 on Friday evening. The game was played at R.G. Jones Field in Columbus, Ga.

Williams senior Karisa Hendrix stumped the number-one hitting team in the NAIA, limiting them to five hits. The flamethrower pitched a complete game, allowing one run.

"At first I was very nervous, but as the game went on, my confidence grew and grew and it really helped me get through the game. This win means we get to keep playing," said Hendrix.

"That is a quality team and Karisa was dealing and keeping the other team off-balance the whole night. She is a special player who doesn't get rattled easily," said head coach Eric Newell.

Felicia Woodard flashed the leather in the bottom of the fourth inning with a fine running grab before coming to the plate with two runners on in the top of the fifth. She smacked an infield single to the right side, scoring one runner and advanced to third on a throwing error allowing the second run to score. Woodard would score on the next play when Lauren Sweeten placed a perfect bunt, giving the Lady Eagles a 3-0 lead.

"I thought she hit it over my head, but I was able to track it down. We really started to connect hits in the fifth, I just tried to make contact and it worked out for us," said Woodard.

"Felicia is irreplaceable. She is a special person and a gamer. She rises to the occasion. She gets it done for us from the plate and defensively," said Newell.

Williams, ranked sixth nationally, ended the game with six hits, all singles. Woodard ended the game 2-for-3 with a run scored, as well as a run batted in. Callie Brooks, Kirsten Gipson, Hayley Overbay, and Brittany Merritt accounted for the other WBC hits.

"I am very excited with this win. I feel like I am in a dream," said Newell.

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