Record-setting Season Ends for Brenau Golden Tigers Softball
ALEXANDRIA, La. (May 17, 2017) – The record-setting season for the Brenau University Golden Tigers softball team ended Tuesday, May 16, with a 1-0 loss to University of Science and Arts Oklahoma at the 2017 NAIA Softball National Championships.
Hopes for entering the NAIA World Series ended when University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma sophomore Dagan Lampkin launched a two-out double to score teammate Chloe Clifton from second base for the only run of the evening in an elimination matchup in the NAIA Softball Championship Opening Round.
Following a 2-1 loss earlier against Louisiana State University of Alexandria, Brenau’s 1-0 fall in the elimination game closed the book on the season in which the team set one record that can never be broken and posted another with a bar so high it could stand for a while.
The Golden Tigers, ranked No. 2 in the nation, entered the four-team regional vying for a spot in the NAIA Softball World Series. The two losses, however, took them out of the running.
The first game broke a 31-game Golden Tigers winning streak which included a 26-0 run in Southern States Athletic Conference regular-season play. Brenau is the first team ever to go undefeated in the highly competitive conference. After winning the regular-season conference title, the team went on to a four-game sweep of the SSAC postseason championship tournament. Brenau finished the season 52-7.
A bright spot of the day was another outstanding performance by Brenau freshman Kathleen Elizabeth “Eli” Daniel of Locust Grove, Georgia. In Monday’s win against Edward Waters College, she struck out 13 batters in five innings, setting a new all-time single-season strikeout record for NAIA pitchers. In the 12 innings she pitched in the two Tuesday games, she added another 27 strikeouts for a total of 579 for the season.
“This was a great season with a great team, great effort and great coaching,” said Brenau University President Ed Schrader. “We are extremely proud of all of them.”
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