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Lady Crusaders advance to NAIA Softball World Series

The William Carey softball team celebrates their NAIA World Series berth. Photo by Daniel Brown. The William Carey softball team celebrates their NAIA World Series berth. Photo by Daniel Brown.

This is a news release from William Carey athletics

Hattiesburg, Miss.- (World Series Bracket) Down to their final six outs William Carey University rallied with three runs in the 6th inning to defeat Lindenwood-Belleville, 3-2 and cap off a three win day to advance to the 2015 NAIA Softball World Series in Sioux City, Iowa on May 22-28, 2015.

After falling to the Lady Lynx, 5-2 on Tuesday afternoon, WCU needed three wins on Wednesday in elimination play to advance to the NAIA World Series for a second straight year. Last season WCU was runner-up in the NAIA World Series.

For WCU to get to the deciding game seven, starters Brittany LeBlanc (SR/Maurice, La.) and Hannah Moak (FR/Ruth, Miss.) each fired shutouts in games five and six to force the winner take all game.

In the final game the Lady Lynx struck first in the bottom of the first inning as Jamie Navarro ripped a single to right center to score Kaylin Stewart and put LU-Belleville up 1-0.

WCU went to the bullpen in the second inning and Hannah Moak entered in relief of starter Brittany Lang (JR/Biloxi, MS) and picked up where she left off in her four hit shutout against the Lady Lynx in game six. Moak kept LU-Belleville off balance and finally in the top of the 6th inning the WCU offense provided the runs.

With two outs and a runner on second, Cecelia Lawn's RBI single down the left field line scored pinch runner Kayla Byrd (SR/Monticello, MS) and tied the game at 1. Carey wasn't finished as Hannah Cook-Kelley (SR/Phoenix, AZ) and Megan Monk (SR/Denham Spirngs, LA) added RBI singles to help WCU extend the lead to 3-1.

In the bottom of the sixth inning Moak finally ran into trouble as she loaded the bases with no outs. Brittany LeBlanc entered in relief of Moak and was stellar yet again for WCU. Earlier in the day LeBlanc tossed a two hit shutout against top seed Science & Arts (Okla.). After striking out the first batter, LeBlanc did issue a bases loaded walk which cut the lead to 3-2. LeBlanc was unfazed as she retired the next two batters to get out of the jam.

In the bottom of the 7th inning LeBlanc sat down the Lady Lynx in order to end the game.

WCU will open play in the 2015 NAIA Softball World Series on May 22nd as they take on Concordia (Ore.) at 1:00 pm at Elizabeth & Irving Jensen Softball Complex.

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