Trine remained unbeaten in their NCAA Division III Softball Championship march, as the Thunder swept SUNY-Geneseo in the Super Regional round of the national tournament to earn one of eight berths to Tyler, Texas for the final round of the NCAA Championship.
The Thunder capped the weekend with a highlight play to seal their 3-1 win over Geneseo Saturday. After taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning, Trine leaned on their defense to put the game away. The Thunder ended the sixth inning with a 5-2-6 double play; but that wasn't the end of Trine's defensive highlights.
In the seventh inning, with Geneseo runners on first and second with two outs, Trine's defense - including pitcher Kate Saupe - sold a failed pickoff attempt at second base. The Geneseo runner at second tried to advance to third on the seemingly error-filled play, only to be tagged en route by Saupe, who had the ball the entire time. The play ended the game, gave Trine the series sweep to advance to the Final Eight, and was featured as the ninth play on ESPN's Top 10 plays for May 18.
Trine started with a 6-3 come-from-behind win over Geneseo Friday at the Thunder's SportONE/Parkview Softball Field. Freshman Taylor Murdock was responsible for four of the Thunder's six runs, going 2-for-3 with a two-run triple in the fifth inning and a two-run double in the sixth. Hannah Kampmann improved to 15-1 on the year while Kate Saupe struck out three in a two-inning save inside the circle.
Trine will face Illinois Wesleyan Thursday, May 23 at 5 p.m. with the winner taking on the winner of Emory vs. Randolph-Macon.
2019 NCAA Division III Softball Championship links