OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Spring Hill College softball team closed out the 2014 season with a 4-0 lost to host Oklahoma City University in the championship game of the 2014 NAIA Softball National Championship Tournament Opening Round at Ann Lacy Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The Stars (52-11, 3-0) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after a two-out, two-run triple to left field by Stars' pitcher Jamie Rateliff in the 1st inning. An infield single by designated player Danielle Fox then brought in Rateliff as the Badger deficit grew to 4-0.
Badger starter Caroline Sagrera (38-11) gave up seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts while Rateliff (13-2) allowed four hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Fox and shortstop Kyndra Holasek each had a pair of hits for the Stars.
Spring Hill finished with a 2-2 record in the Opening Round and a 42-14 record on the season while the Stars advance to the 2014 NAIA Softball World Series in Columbus, Ga., beginning on May 22 at South Commons Softball Complex. The game also marked the final team event in the NAIA for the Spring Hill College Athletic Department as the Badgers make the move to NCAA Division II and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) this fall.