SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Georgia Gwinnett College softball team is among the last four teams left standing at the NAIA World Series following a 1-0 victory against No. 2-seeded Marian University (Ind.) on Monday.
The Grizzlies (46-15) have advanced to the semifinal round of the championship tournament for the first time in program history. They will have a rematch against top-seeded University of Science & Arts (Okla.) on Tuesday at 1 p.m.
“The team did exactly what we needed to do today," GGC head coach Kat Ihlenburg said. "Taylor pitched another great game and I am proud of the effort she continues to give us. Piper (Wagner) had one of our best plays of the season. I am excited that everyone is firing on all cylinders as we head into the semifinals."
Monday’s lone run came in the opening inning when senior Crystal Busbee scored following a throwing error by Marian’s right fielder. Busbee advanced to third base on a fly out, but the throw got away from the third baseman and allowed Busbee to cross home plate.
Marian (54-3) threatened to score in the bottom of the fifth inning when sophomore left fielder Piper Wagner threw out the potential game-tying run at home plate following a base hit. Wagner’s throw to freshman catcher Sydney Pelaez caught baserunner Maddie Bombei, who was trying to score from second base.
Senior pitcher Taylor Hansis scattered five hits and registered five strikeouts in recording her 10th shutout of the season. She improved to 28-8 in the pitching circle and has won all nine games during GGC’s postseason run.
Six players tallied a hit in the contest as the Grizzlies outhit the Knights by a 6-5 margin.