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Softball - Thu, May 19, 2016
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ROANOKE, Va. -- The 2016 softball season came to a close Thursday afternoon as the Eagles finished the post season at the NCCAA Softball World Series for the second year in a row. After starting day one with a 4-2 win over Central Baptist College and a 7-1 win over MidAmerica Christian University, Judson took an extra inning 6-5 loss versus Belhaven University and a semi-final 5-1 loss to Mississippi College. The No.3 seeded Eagles still made a great run in the tournament and ended the season 34-22 overall. The season concluded with numerous records being broken, three all-conference selections, six NCCAA north central all-region selections including Pitcher of the Year and Coach of the Year, and finally a Judson University Athletic's Female of the Year selection. 

 

During the NCCAA World Series, Brianna Tennyson (SR/Pleasant Prairie, WI) locked down all career pitching records for the program leading every category and Murielle Vansach (SR/Chicago, Ill.) broke the all-time stolen base record reaching 99 in her three year career at Judson. 

 

Tennyson now holds the No.1 spots for career pitching records and all but one for the single season records. For her career, Tennyson accumulated 287 single season innings pitched for 703.1 career innings pitched. Tennyson now holds the most career wins with 72 and the single season record at 25 wins. The only record that seemed out of reach for Tennyson was the strike out record, but with 255 strike outs on the season she broke another Sarah Boyer career record totaling 695 career strike outs (needed four more strike outs to tie the single season record at 259 also set by Boyer).

 

The other record breaker in the World Series included Murielle Vansach who accumulated 51 stolen bases this season only to be caught stealing three times. Vansach broke both of Jodi Baker's records this year that included the single season 37 stolen bases and career 98 stolen bases.

 

As for the tournament the Eagles took down both the No.6 and No.7 teams in day one while taking the No.2 ranked Belhaven squad into an extra inning thriller. No.1 seeded Mississippi College held the Eagles' offense to five hits and one run ending the road early for Judson. Some highlights included a clutch performance from Maddie Smith (SR/Mishawaka, IN) in game one with the go ahead two RBI single that proved to be the eventual game winning hit. Tennyson and Vansach each breaking respective records. Ashley Quinlan (JR/Oak Lawn, Ill.) with her game two performance as she went 2-for-3 including a home run, three RBI, and a run scored. Overall the Eagles produced eight extra base hits that included seven doubles and a home run. Michaela Strick (SR/Rockford, IL) rounded out some top performances in the final game going 2-for-3 and scoring the lone Judson run against Mississippi College. 

 

Judson now graduates seven seniors in Tara Wogomon (SR/Winnebago, IL), Katelyn Kirker, Michaela Strick, Brianna Tennyson, Maddie SmithStephanie Bolger (SR/Schaumburg, IL), and Murielle Vansach. All these seniors have been a staple in the softball program and have helped the team to another successful season. The program is left in good hands as the young talent left behind will look to carry the team even further in 2017.