(Portions of this story courtesy of Texas Lutheran)
SHREVEPORT, La. –Texas Lutheran Softball won its sixth consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship on Sunday with a 5-0 victory over Southwestern. Official Website l Postgame Interview
At the Centenary College Softball Complex, the Bulldogs defeated the Pirates in the first of two possible championship final games.
TLU went 3-0 in the SCAC tournament and did not need the "if necessary" game for the fifth time in six tournament championships. The Bulldogs have won the SCAC Softball Championship in each of their six seasons in the league.
TLU is now 19-1 all-time in the SCAC Softball Championship.
In the latest championship victory, junior right-hander Kayla Oliveira improved to 12-3 with 6.1 innings of work. Oliveira struck out four, walked two and scattered four hits. Oliveira did not give up a hit until the fourth inning.
Chassey Raines, TLU's freshman outfielder, drove in three runs. Two came on a bloop double in the fifth that extended TLU's lead to 4-0.
Kassie Maddox retired the final two Pirates in the seventh. Skylar Ouelette (Corpus Christi/Gregory-Portland) made a sliding catch in shallow right field to set off the TLU celebration.
Maddox also drove in a run with a hit-by-pitch. Casey Martin made it 5-0 in the sixth with an RBI single
The Bulldogs improved to 30-7 overall. Southwestern dropped to 35-6. The Bulldogs entered the SCAC tournament ranked No. 13 in the latest NFCA poll for NCAA Division III. Southwestern sat at No. 22. Southwestern has a chance at an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.
The Bulldogs are in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship for a sixth consecutive year and will learn their NCAA regional destination on May 6. The NCAA regionals start on May 10 and run to May 11.
2019 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Catcher - Sydney Hurley, Centenary
First Base - Madisyn Cates, Texas Lutheran
Second Base - Casey Martin, Texas Lutheran
Shortstop - Maddie Mefford, Southwestern
Third Base - Kassie Maddox, Texas Lutheran
Outfield - Cassie Gonzales, Centenary
Outfield - Tori Montemayor, Southwestern
Outfield - Kelly Jurden, Texas Lutheran
- Designated Player - Kali Chatham, Texas Lutheran
Utility - Chassety Raines, Texas Lutheran
Pitcher - Paige Rasmussen, Dallas
Pitcher - Lindsay Longuet, Southwestern
- Pitcher - Kayla Oliveira, Texas Lutheran