|Warner (Fla.) (26-13)||0||0||0||1||2||0||2||5||10||2|
|Williams Baptist College (33-12)||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||3||1|
|Lawrenceville, GA Grizzly Softball Complex|
|Warner (Fla.)||Pitching||Williams Baptist College|
|Warner (Fla.)||Indv. Stats||Williams Baptist College|
|#3 Hammett, Megan||Doubles||#23 Johnson, Tori|
|#11 Adams, Jessica||Home Runs||None|
Walnut Ridge, Ark. - The (24) Williams Baptist College Lady Eagles softball team lost 5-1 to (19) Warner University in the first game of the Lawrenceville Bracket at the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. The games were played Monday afternoon at Georgia Gwinnett College's Grizzly Softball Field in Lawrenceville, Ga. The Lady Eagles were the three seed, while the Warner Royals came in as the two seed.
Conyers, Ga., native Rylee Rogers (SR/Conyers, Ga. ) got the start in the circle for WBC, and she did not allow a run until the fourth inning. The inning looked to be going smoothly with two quick outs, but two singles and a double later, Warner took a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Lady Eagles battled back. Tori Johnson (FR/Clinton, Ark. ) led the inning off with a double to right field. Brooke Mason (SO/Bald Knob, Ark. ) hit a sacrifice bunt, which advanced Johnson to third, and a wild throw by Warner allowed Johnson to tie the game at one.
In the fifth, Rogers got two quick outs, but again a two-out rally by Warner proved the difference. A walk followed by a 2-run home run by Jessica Adams opened up a 3-1 lead for the Royals. They would never relinquish the lead.
Chelsie Valentine earned the win, throwing seven innings, allowing three hits and one unearned run. The Royals compiled 10 hits and five runs in the inning, while committing two errors.
The Eagles had three hits, one run scored, and committed one error. Laura Helmich (FR/Avilla, Ark. ) went 1-for-1 from the plate with a single and walk. Molleigh Gray (JR/North Little Rock, Ark. ) had the only other hit for WBC.
Rogers finished the game allowing seven hits and three runs. She struck out six batters. Cat Totty (SO/Haslet, Texas) threw two innings, allowing two runs on three hits.
The loss drops third seeded Williams to the elimination bracket. They will take on fourth seeded Milligan College. The game will be played Tuesday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m. CT. You can find a link to watch free live video at our Tournament Central page. Here is the link: http://www.wbceagles.com/2017_Softball_Tournament_Central