GULF SHORES, Ala. - (CU vs. BC Box Score) (BU vs. TC Box Score) Top-ranked Concordia (Calif.) and Brenau (Ga.) each eased through their Pool A competition on Saturday at the NAIA Softball National Championship. The event is being held at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex for the second-straight year.
Both of these clubs will battle tomorrow at 6 p.m. CDT in the pool championship contest. Concordia staved off upset-minded Bethany (Kan.), 8-2, and Brenau run-ruled Talladega (Ala.), 8-0, in six innings.
Concordia's big inning came in the third as its plated five runs. Amanda Fama connected on a grand slam for her NAIA-leading 27th homer of the season. She has now hit a pair of home runs in the last two days. She finished 2-for-3 from the dish with 5 RBI. The Eagles tacked on three more in the fifth before Bethany got on the board.
Nicole Felker drove in Jensen Wolff for the Swedes first run in the fifth. Brittany Lewis then had a run-producing single in the seventh to close out the scoring.
Concordia's Courtney Young earned the win by tossing four innings. She allowed just three singles and whiffed two batters.
Brenau pitcher Anna Maness went the six innings for the victory. She improved to 20-9 on the year thanks to 11 strikeouts and allowing just three hits. Maness got plenty of support with 13 hits, and Talladega committed seven errors in the losing effort.
Tiffany Schandera scored the winning run in the top of the first on a balk by pitcher Jordan Ray. The Golden Tigers tacked on two more in the third, three in the fourth and two in the sixth. Jenny Shepard went 3-for-4 for Brenau with 2 RBI. Ellen Black and Taylor Kelly each compiled a pair of hits.
In the other Pool A game tomorrow, Bethany and Talladega meet at 1 p.m.
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