By Karen Allen
Troutville, Va.—The Lady Hawks defeated the Lady Tigers of Campbellsville University by a score of 9-0 in its first game at the NCCAA National Championships Thursday afternoon.
Shorter, who earned the No. 1 seed for the tournament, received the first round bye, and had to wait to find out who they would be playing until after the first games of the day. Campbellsville topped Oklahoma Wesleyan, 2-1, in the first round to advance.
The Lady Hawks didn't waste any time getting on the board; scoring four times in the first inning. Jackie Castaneda reached base on a fielder's choice, and came around to score on an RBI single from Amanda Dailey. One batter later, Whitney Hood singled to bring in Felicia Morris. The final runs crossed the plate as Christina Ezell delivered a 2 RBI single to bring in Bre Johnson and Dailey.
In the third inning, Shorter added four more runs, to increase the lead to 8-0. Dailey scored on an RBI single from Johnson. Ciera Champion, who was pitch running for Ezell, and Johnson both scored on an error by the left fielder. The last run of the inning was tacked on as Kayla Cooper scored on an RBI single from Castaneda.
Bre Johnson delivered a homerun in the fourth; which gave Shorter the 9-0 win.
Ezell continued her dominance on the mound; picking up the win, while allowing just one hit, with nine strikeouts over the full five innings of work. Victoria Decker recorded the loss for the Lady Tigers; pitching 2.2 innings, giving up eight runs on eight hits, with no strikeouts.
Cooper and Ezell each finished the day with a hit and 2 RBI; while Dailey recorded two hits with an RBI.
The Lady Hawks will be back in action tomorrow, May 10, as the move closer to the championship. With impending inclement weather approaching the game times have been moved up two hours; Shorter will now play at 12pm as they take on Judson.
Live stats and video streaming can be found on the NCCAA's championship site, or by clicking here.