DECATUR — The Millikin softball team fell 4-2 to top-seeded DePauw on Friday in their second game of the NCAA Tournament, ending the Big Blue's season.
Millikin got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second, starting with a walk drawn by junior Cassie Reed. Gretchen Gould put a second runner on for Millikin and the Big Blue loaded the bases with a walk issued to Lexus Tennison. Kailey Pulec knocked in a Big Blue run with a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.
In the top of the fourth, Millikin scored again to make it 2-0. Maddie Holland reached on a Tigers error, then Pulec and Trenkle loaded the bases for Millikin. Rylee Blake picked up an RBI with a single to left field.
DePauw chipped away at the Big Blue lead in the bottom of the fourth, starting with a Paige Price single up the middle. A sacrifice bunt off the bat of Grace Smith followed by a Jade Mejia Wick single moved Price over, setting her up to score on an RBI groundout by Skylar Barnett to make it 2-1.
The Tigers took the lead in the fifth. Bernhard led off the inning with a single through the right side, then advanced on an infield single by Kate Geary. Drew Bratcher laid down a bunt to move the runners into scoring position, and both Bernhard and Geary crossed the plate on a single up the middle by St. Germain. DePauw's final run crossed the plate in the bottom of the sixth to give the Tigers a two-run lead.
Cami Henry was the winning pitcher for the Tigers, improving her record to 20-0. Aly Armstrong picked up the loss, making her 19-6.
With the loss, the Big Blue (32-13) was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. DePauw moved on to face the winner of Belhaven University and and Calvin College.
Baseball advances to CCIW title
CAROL STREAM — The Millikin baseball team is headed to the championship game of the CCIW Tournament after downing Carroll University 4-0.
The Big Blue broke out the power in the first inning with Gabe Soria and Brent Beals hitting solo home runs. Millikin added a run in the second when Andrew Auton led off with a double and scored on a RBI single from Garrett Fritz.
Beals tripled to lead off the fourth and scored on an RBI ground out from Auton to make it a 4-0 Big Blue lead. Soria and Beals each had two hits for Millikin.
In addition to being a force at the plate, Beals was the winning pitcher, throwing seven shutout innings allowing three hits while striking out five.
TJ Pfaffle had two hits for the Pioneers.
The Big Blue (30-13) moved on to play at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday an opponent yet to be determined at the Wheaton College Field in Carol Stream. A victory for the Big Blue would give them the CCIW’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Millikin will be hosting an NCAA Regional May 27-30. By advancing to the championship game undefeated, Millikin’s opponent would have to beat the Big Blue twice to win the tournament.