Brenau infielder Sarah Peery, a junior from Auburn, Ga., from left to right, Brenau catcher Courtney Kenney, a junior from McDonough, Ga., Brenau infielder Lexi Cash, a sophomore from Toccoa, Ga., and Brenau outfielder Lauren Sanders, a junior from Maysville, Ga., celebrate after the championship game of the SSAC conference tournament against Mobile. Brenau won 2-1 in nine inning. Brenau's finished SSAC play, both regular season and the conference tournament 30-0. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Brenau infielder Sarah Peery, a junior from Auburn, Ga., from left to right, Brenau catcher Courtney Kenney, a junior from McDonough, Ga., Brenau infielder Lexi Cash, a sophomore from Toccoa, Ga., and Brenau outfielder Lauren Sanders, a junior from Maysville, Ga., celebrate after the championship game of the SSAC conference tournament against Mobile. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

No. 2 Golden Tigers’ Road to Softball World Series Goes Through Louisiana

May. 10, 2017
David Morrison

KANSAS CITY (May 10, 2017) – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced here late today that the No. 2 nationally ranked Brenau University Golden Tigers will face Edward Waters College in Alexandria, Louisiana, May 15 in a softball national championship opening-round regional featuring three Top 25 teams.

The top-seeded Golden Tigers represent the Southern States Athletic Conference as both the regular-season and tournament champions with an unprecedented 26-0 regular-season league record, a 4-0 conference tournament record and a 51-5 overall mark. No other SSAC team has ever won all of its conference games in regular-season and postseason play.

Edward Waters, the No. 4 seed in the four-team double-elimination regional and the runner-up in the Association of Independent Institutions/Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, finished league play unranked with a 26-25 overall record.

The Brenau-Edward Waters winner will face the winner of the earlier May 15 matchup between second-seeded LSU Alexandria (26-1, 46-8), the No. 12 nationally ranked Red River Athletic Conference champ, and third-seeded No. 25 Science & Arts (21-7, 38-16), the runner-up in the Sooner Athletic Conference from Chickasha, Oklahoma. LSU Alexandria hosts the regional playoff games on its home field.

The top team to emerge from the Alexandria matchups will join nine other regional winners from around the country in the NAIA Softball World Series in Clermont, Florida, May 26 – June 1. The bracket for that tournament will be posted May 17 following completion of the 10 regionals.

The Alexandria games could produce a record for both Brenau and the NAIA. Golden Tigers freshman pitcher Kathleen (Eli) Daniel with 539 strikeouts already this season is just a single strikeout from tying the NAIA’s all-time single-season record of 540 set by Oklahoma City University’s Lily LaVelle in 2012.

Brenau took the SSAC tournament championship April 29 in Decatur, Alabama with a nine-inning 2-1 win. Daniel was the winning pitcher in all four Brenau games. She struck out 15 batters in the final win. Daniel enters the NAIA tournament as the national leader in strikeouts, ERA (0.52), wins (42), opponents’ batting average (.128) and innings pitched (309 1/3).

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