Coe takes down Bethany Lutheran in five innings in NCAA tournament
PELLA, Iowa -- There was no need for extra innings Friday at the NCAA Reginal Championships, as Coe blasted Bethany Lutheran 11-0 in five innings. One of six remaining teams in the tournament, Coe advanced to play Saturday.
Sophomore Brianna Hull doubled to left field to start the game before moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by senior Callie Morningstar. Junior Abby Flannagan reached on a throwing error by the shortstop, allowing Hull to score. With two outs, junior Danielle Schlotterbeck singled to right field, plating Flannagan from second.
With one out in the second inning, sophomore Amanda Hovind was hit by a pitch before stealing second and third. While stealing third, Hovind scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Hull was then walked before Morningstar was hit by a pitch. With a 1-2 count, Flannagan hit her 10th home run of the year, putting the Kohawks ahead 6-0. With 10 home runs on the year, Flannagan is now tied for fourth in school history.
Sophomore Anna Corkery singled through the left side to start the third inning. Freshman Emily Grell walked before being pinch ran for by junior Mollie Kleopfer. A sacrifice bunt by freshman Gretchen Lilienthal moved both runners into scoring position. An infield single by Hovind plated Corkery. Hull and Morningstar then walked in back-to-back at-bats, scoring Kleopfer. A single through the left side by Flannagan drove in Hull and Hovind.
In the fifth inning, freshman McCall Meade hit her first career triple to right field. A single to left center by Morningstar drove in Meade for the final run of the game.
In all, 19 Kohawks saw action in the NCAA Regional victory. Flannagan led the Kohawks with two hits, while driving in six runs. Flannagan and Hovind each scored twice, while Hull scored three times.
Flannagan broke Coe's single-season (57) and career (146) RBI records in the game. She held the previous single-season record with 55 in 2011. She also moved into fifth on Coe's career hits list with 168. With a walk in the game, Morningstar set Coe's career walks record with 64.
Junior Maddison Woodruff improved to 16-2 on the year with the win in the circle. Woodruff struck out four, while giving up two hits in three innings. Freshman Mackenzie Laux threw the final two innings, striking out four and giving up two hits. Laux's four strikeouts gave her 100 for the season.