DECATUR, Ala. -- For the first time this season, Thomas University's bats didn't show up. Their absence on Tuesday cost the Lady Night Hawks a berth in the NAIA championship game.
The Lady Night Hawks were held to just two hits and struck out seven times in an 8-0 loss to Simon Fraser. TU beat Simon Fraser in last year's title contest.
Tuesday's loss ended TU's seven-game winning streak and dropped the Lady Night Hawks into the losers' bracket where it will play today at 11 a.m. (EDT).
"I thought the game turned in the first inning," said TU head coach Vinny Dima. "We started swinging at changeups that weren't strikes. We didn't make the adjustments at the plate."
Ashley Lanz kept the TU hitters off balance with a tough off-speed pitch.
"She was throwing a lot of junk," said TU third baseman Gillian Loughead.
"She pitched a solid game," said Simon Fraser head coach Mike Renney. "She did what we asked her to do. (TU) did not have its 'A' game offensively today."
TU's defense let it down as well, especially in the third inning. After the Clan homered to start theinning, Cathy Andrijaszyn logged a strikeout and then coaxed a ground ball from Brigitte Girouard to Loughead. But Loughead's throw sailed over first baseman Victoria Masters' head. The Clan followed the error with a an RBI single by Rachel Schill.
Following another strikeout, the Clan had back-to-back RBI hits that padded the lead. Simon
Fraser added a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to cement its place in the championship game today.
"They're constantly putting pressure on you," said head coach Vinny Dima. "It was just the little mental breakdowns that cost us."
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