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Softball clashes with Coastal Georgia in NAIA Opening Round

The softball team makes its second trip to nationals in program history after winning the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) regular-season title. The Saints finished with a top overall record of 23-5 in the conference to receive an automatic bid. The ninth annual National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Opening Round Softball bracket was announced on May 10.

OLLU first qualified for nationals in 2014 after capturing the RRAC regular-season (18-2) and tournament titles. The Saints played Oklahoma Baptist University and Ottawa University in the opening round of nationals and lost both games finishing the season with an overall 39-12-1 record.

The Opening Round will take place May 16-18 in Gulf Shores, Ala., at the Gulf Shores Athletic Complex and hosted by the University of Mobile. The No. 3 seed Saints (44-11) are set to face No. 2 seed College of Coastal Georgia (38-12) from Brunswick, Ga., at 11 a.m. on May 16 for the first game of the Opening Round in the Gulf Shores Bracket. The Mariners are making their second appearance in the NAIA Opening Round. They made their first trip last season and failed to make the NAIA World Series after going 2-2 in their bracket.

No. 1 seed Mobile will face No. 4-seed Valley City State University on May 16 at 1 p.m. for the second game. On Tuesday, May 17, the winner of  game one will play the winner of game two at 11 a.m. for the third game of the bracket. The loser of game one will play the loser of game two at 1 p.m. for the fourth game. Finally, the loser of game three will play the winner of game four at 3 p.m. for the fifth game On Wednesday, the winner of game three will play the winner of game five for the championship game at 11 a.m. A seventh game will be played if necessary 30 minutes after the sixth game.

OLLU finished as the No. 17-ranked team in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Final Poll. Coastal Georgia was voted in the 16th position. Mobile is the No. 1 team in the poll and Valley City State is unranked.

The winner of the Gulf Shores Bracket will advance to the NAIA World Series that will take place at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus, Ga., from May 26-June 1.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington, awarded RRAC Coach of the Year, commented, “No. 16-ranked Coastal Georgia is a team that has enjoyed much success this year. It will take one of our most complete games to beat them.”

This year’s Opening Round field consists of 33 automatic qualifiers – given to conference regular-season champions, tournament champions or tournament runners-up – and seven at-large teams. Conferences with 10-or-more members receive two automatic qualifiers, while leagues with less than 10 get one. At-large teams were determined by the NAIA Softball National Selection Committee (NSC). The NSC consists of one representative from each geographic area, a representative from the National Administrative Council, a member of the NAIA-Softball Coaches Association Executive Committee and three at-large members. The committee evaluated teams throughout the year on various criteria.

OLLU claimed the RRAC regular season title with a 23-5 conference mark. The Saints owned the nation’s second-largest winning streak from March 18-April 23. OLLU held opponents scoreless 13 times during the 24-game run and had a total of 17 shutouts – a tie for the most shutouts in program history. Cassandra Valdez (JR/Brownsville, Texas) was awarded RRAC Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year. Rebecca Duran (SR/Austin, Texas) earned Newcomer of the Year while Madison Nunn (SR/Cibolo, Texas) garnered Defensive Player of the Year. Valdez leads the Saints with a 1.58 ERA and averages 8.54 strikeouts per seven innings. Duran has a team-leading 10 sacrifice hits and Nunn committed only two fielding errors in 50 games played.

Kayla Dreese (SR/San Antonio, Texas) leads OLLU with a .441 batting average. Ariel Montgomery (SR/Castroville, Texas) tops the charts with 49 RBIs and Caitlin Terrazas (SR/Atascosa, Texas) has 14 doubles. The Saints rank fourth in the league with 58 home runs, 175 extra base hits and 787 total bases. They also have 366 runs scored, which is top-10 in the league.

The NAIA’s No. 16-ranked Mariners are 19th in the NAIA with 92 doubles. Hayley Dickerson leads the team with a 2.06 ERA. Sarah Thinger has a team-leading .396 batting average and 29 walks. The Mariners were eliminated from The Sun Conference (TSC) postseason tournament after falling in the consolation bracket and losing twice overall. Coastal Georgia won 13 straight games from Feb. 20-March 22.

Opening Round Notes

  • Overall, there are 23 repeat qualifiers from the 2021 opening round, including six teams that won opening round titles last season – College of Idaho, Madonna, Olivet Nazarene, Oregon Tech, Ottawa and Southern Oregon.
  • Indiana Wesleyan is the lone team in the field with 50 or more wins at 50-8 overall. Freed-Hardeman has the next highest win total at 48-3.
  • Lindsey Wilson and Oklahoma City are back in the field for the ninth time, which leads the field. These two clubs are the only NAIA teams to have participated in every event since the format was established in 2013.
  • There are six newcomers to the opening round in this year’s field in Embry-Riddle, Michigan-Dearborn, Mount Marty, Saint Mary of the Woods, Texas A&M Texarkana and William Jessup.
  • Oklahoma City has the honor of the most opening-round championships with six. Twenty teams in the 2022 field have at least one opening round championship to their credit.
  • The Cascade Collegiate Conference leads all leagues with four teams in the 2022 field. The Crossroads League, Mid-South Conference and The Sun Conference followed with three each.
  • All-Time Opening Round Record by Seed
    • No. 1-Seed: 190-75 (.712)
    • No. 2 seed: 148-132 (.529)
    • No. 3 seed: 97-143 (.404)
    • No. 4 seed: 57-146 (.281)
  • All-Time Opening Round Host Records
    • 2013 Hosts: 24-12 (.667)
    • 2014 Hosts: 27-7 (.794)
    • 2015 Hosts: 27-9 (.750)
    • 2016 Hosts: 22-11 (.667)
    • 2017 Hosts: 18-13 (.581)
    • 2018 Hosts: 16-8 (.667)
    • 2019 Hosts: 20-6 (.762)
    • 2020 Hosts: 11-16 (.407)
    • TOTAL: 165-82 (.668)

2022 NAIA Opening Round Qualifiers

InstitutionQualifying Method2022 RecordLast TimeAppearancesOpening Round RecordOR Titles
Bryan (Tenn.)Appalachian Regular Season Champion30-16201422-10
Campbellsville (Ky.)At-Large37-162021711-111
Central Methodist (Mo.)Heart Regular Season/Tournament Champion40-52021714-101
Coastal GeorgiaAt-Large38-12202122-20
College of IdahoCascade Tournament Runner-Up41-15202148-51
Columbia (Mo.)AMC Regular Season/Tournament Champion33-102021710-81
Cottey (Mo.)Continental Tournament Runner-Up30-15202120-20
Eastern OregonAt-Large41-15201830-40
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)Cal Pac Tournament Champion40-3N/A10-00
Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)Mid-South Tournament Champion48-3202157-20
Friends (Kan.)KCAC Tournament Champion30-19201951-80
Georgia GwinnettContinental Tournament Champion35-182021713-91
Grand View (Iowa)Heart Regular Season Runner-Up42-9202187-120
Indiana WesleyanCrossroads Regular Season/Tournament Champion50-82021710-91
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)Mid-South Tournament Runner-Up38-152021915-113
Madonna (Mich.)WHAC Regular Season Champion31-72021610-90
Marian (Ind.)At-Large40-112021814-83
Michigan-DearbornWHAC Tournament Champion30-11N/A10-00
Midland (Neb.)GPAC Regular Season Champion36-10202144-60
Mobile (Ala.)SSAC Tournament Champion46-22019512-32
Mount Marty (S.D.)GPAC Tournament Champion32-14N/A10-00
Oklahoma CitySooner Tournament Champion47-62021922-56
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)Chicagoland Tournament Runner-Up33-13-12021712-81
Oregon TechCascade Regular Season/Tournament Champion46-102021819-73
Ottawa (Kan.)KCAC Regular Season Champion35-13-1202146-22
Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)Red River Top Overall Record44-11201420-20
Rio Grande (Ohio)River States Regular Season Champion39-13202178-120
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)River States Tournament Champion29-12N/A10-00
Saint Xavier (Ill.)Chicagoland Regular Season/Tournament Champion36-62021816-122
Science & Arts (Okla.)At-Large47-82021611-72
Southeastern (Fla.)The Sun Regular Season Champion46-10201856-61
Southern OregonAt-Large46-122021615-43
Taylor (Ind.)Crossroads Tournament Runner-Up26-27201943-60
Tennessee WesleyanAppalachian Tournament Champion34-7201520-20
Texas A&M TexarkanaRed River Tournament Champion42-12N/A10-00
Valley City State (N.D.)North Star Tournament Champion33-16201923-01
Webber International (Fla.)The Sun Tournament Champion39-21201623-01
William Carey (Miss.)At-Large45-92021812-102
William Jessup (Calif.)GSAC Tournament Champion36-13N/A10-00
William Woods (Mo.)AMC Tournament Runner-Up23-23201941-60

For more information on the 2022 Softball NAIA Opening Round, CLICK HERE.

OLLU softball picks up run-rule doubleheader wins against Huston-Tillotson

SoftballThe Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) softball team secured doubleheader run-rule victories over Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) rival Huston-Tillotson University (HTU), 8-0 and 13-5 on Tuesday afternoon at the OLLU Softball Field. The pair of wins moves the Saints to 29-7 on the season and 10-0 in the RRAC. HTU sits at 1-25 overall and 1-11 in conference. Read more online.

OLLU softball’s Brittany Stone earns RRAC Player of the Week honors

BrittanyStone2015-7Brittany Stone of Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) was named Red River Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week for the dates of April 6-12.

Stone elevated the Saints to a doubleheader sweep of the University of Houston-Victoria with five hits and a pair of RBIs. The senior third baseman was 4-for-7 in the first game with a double and an RBI to lead a 4-2 victory. Read more online.

Softball downs St. Catherine in nonconference game


Women's Softball 3-27-15-2The softball team improved to 19-7 on the season after defeating St. Catherine University (SCU) 8-4 in nonconference action Sunday afternoon at the OLLU Softball Field. The result leaves the Wildcats at 10-2 for the season. Second baseman Larissa Gutierrez (SO/San Antonio, Texas) provided the spark for the Saints on offense with four RBIs including a three-run home run to left-center field in the fourth inning. OLLU will return to action on Tuesday, March 31, in a nonconference doubleheader against Schreiner University beginning at 2 p.m. Earlier in the year, the Saints defeated the Mountaineers 1-0 and 6-4 in a doubleheader in Kerrville, Texas. Read full article online.

OLLU softball announces the signings of nine student-athletes

chayanneThe softball team has announced the signings of nine student-athletes to its 2014-2015 squad. The women joining the team in August 2014 include: Jana Arenas from Sugarland, Texas; Cheyanne Carter from Hempstead, Texas; Kim Chaves from Sharyland, Texas; Taylor Doege from San Antonio; Lauren Elizabeth Garza from McAllen, Texas; Lesly Martinez from San Antonio; Samantha Perales from San Antonio; Amanda Sanchez from San Antonio; and Brooke Vasquez from Austin, Texas. The Saints finished the 2014 season with it best-ever overall record of 39-12-1 and 18-2 in the Red River Athletic Conference. The Saints were crowned regular season and tournament champions and they qualified for the opening round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship for the first time in history. OLLU will play a few games in the fall of 2014 and will begin its official schedule in spring 2015. Go online for full story.

Softball will play in Mississippi in NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round

Softball TournamentOpening Round Brackets – – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) officially released the seeds and brackets for the 2014 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round. OLLU is featured in the William Carey Bracket as the No. 3 seed. The Saints (39-10-1) will play their first round in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and will be matched up against No. 2 seed Oklahoma Baptist University (43-15) today at 4 p.m. CDT, while No. 1 seed William Carey (44-10) will play Ottawa University (Kansas) (26-21) at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Tomorrow, the winner of game one will play the winner of game two at 1:30 p.m. CDT, and the loser of game one will play the loser of game two at 4 p.m. CDT. The final game of the day will be between the loser of game three and the winner of game four at 6:30 p.m. CDT. On Wednesday, the winner of game three will play the winner of the fifth game at 11 a.m. CDT. If necessary, the winner of game six will play the loser of game six. The 10 Opening Round champions will punch their ticket for the 34th annual NAIA Softball World Series in Columbus, Ga., from May 23 – 29. For more information on the 2014 NAIA Softball National Championship, click hereRead full article online.

Megan Perez selected as conference softball ‘Player of the Week’

2014MeganPerez-3Megan Perez (JR, Kerrville, Texas) was named Red River Athletic Conference Softball Co-Player of the Week for Feb. 24-March 2. Perez, a junior catcher from Kerrville, Texas, accounted for nine RBIs and four runs scored in a 2-2 week for the Saints. She was 7-for-13 at the plate for the week including a standout performance with three hits, a homer and four RBIs in a 16-4 stomping of Southwestern University (Kan.). Perez homered again and drove in a pair of runs in the second game against SWU. Her line also included three walks and two stolen bases for the week. OLLU now sits at 8-4-1 overall. Read full article online.

Softball wins one, and ties second game against Southwestern

MeganPerezhitMegan Perez went 4-for-6 and recorded six RBIs to help the softball team beat Southwestern University 16-4 and tie 7-7 Saturday afternoon. The second game was suspended due to darkness after nine innings. The Saints are now 8-4-1 on the season, while NCAA Division III Southwestern moves to 3-8-1. In the first game, Elizabeth Rodriguez went 4-for-4 with three runs, two RBIs and one double. Megan Perez went 3-for-4 with three runs, four RBIs, a double and a homerun. Larissa Gutierrez went 3-for-3 with one run and two RBIs. Megan Martinez, Ashley Perez and Maegan Ramirez each had a double, while Amanda Hinojosa had one homerun. Arocha pitched four innings allowing one hit, while striking out five and walking one. Hinojosa pitched one inning allowing three hits and four runs while walking three and striking out one. In the second game, Brittany Stone went 2-for-5 with one RBI. Ashley Perez went 2-for-5 with one run. Megan Perez went 1-for-2 with two RBIs, one run and a homerun. Hinojosa went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one double. Ramirez had one homerun. Arocha and Ramirez each went four innings. Ramirez allowed seven hits, four runs, while walking seven and striking out two. Arocha allowed five hits, three runs, while walking three and striking out two. The Saints will return home to host Calumet College of St. Joseph on Tuesday. Game times are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Read full article online.

Softball wins one of two against NAIA No. 15-ranked Houston-Victoria

SB2-24-1The softball team shut-out the No. 15 NAIA team University of Houston-Victoria 3-0 and then came back to lose 1-9 to finish out the nonconference doubleheader on Saturday. The Saints are 6-3 overall, while the Jaguars are now 4-4. Saints’ pitcher Katrisha Arocha kept the Jaguars to five hits while striking out seven and walking four on 26 at-bats. Amanda Hinojosa led the team in hits with two including one double and two RBIs. Ashley Perez, Megan Perez and Victoria Balderas each had one hit. In the second game, Hinojosa once again led the team in hitting with two. Balderas had the only other hit for the Saints. The team will play on Tuesday in Kerrville against Schreiner University. Read full story online.

Softball holds inaugural Winter Camp on Saturday

Members of the OLLU Softball team work with youngsters during the winter camp last Saturday.

Members of the OLLU Softball team work with youngsters during the winter camp last Saturday.

The Saints softball team held its first-ever Winter Camp on Saturday at the softball field. Fewer than 10 registered, but more than 20 walked up for the camp that took place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The youngsters received lessons on pitching, hitting and fielding from members of the team.