|Ottawa (Kan.) (40-16)||0||0||3||1||0||0||0||4||4||2|
|Warner (Fla.) (28-14)||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||5||1|
|Clermont, FL Legends Way Ball Fields|
|Ottawa (Kan.)||Pitching||Warner (Fla.)|
|Ottawa (Kan.)||Indv. Stats||Warner (Fla.)|
|#33 Smith, Aryn||Doubles||None|
|#6 Valenzuela, Elisa||Triples||#1 Scott, Torey|
CLERMONT, Fla. – For the first time in program history, the OU softball team won a game at the NAIA Softball World Series. The Braves won their third straight game over a NAIA Top 25 team with a 4-2 victory over no. 19 Warner University on Friday morning. OU is now 9-8 this season against NAIA nationally ranked teams. The OU softball program has won 40 games for the first time in program history.
Warner took the early lead over the Braves in the bottom of the first inning, 1-0. The Braves would respond in the top of the third. With two outs the OU offense put three runs on the board to take the lead over the Royals. Kenzie Stevens reached first on a walk and then moved to second on a stolen base. An infield single by Jenna Stigge moved Stevens to third and brought Kori Lacey to the plate. Lacey came through with runners in scoring position, singling to left to score Stevens and the game was tied 1-1. Elisa Valenzuela then hit her second triple of the season to score both Stigge and Lacey, giving OU a 3-1 lead.
The Royals answered in the bottom half of the third inning with a run, cutting OU's lead to 3-2. In the top of the fourth, however, OU would get that run back. Alexa Romero led off the inning being hit by a pitch. She then moved to second on a wild throw by WU's Sara Bruno. Aryn Smith scored Romero from second on a double to right and the Braves led 4-2.
In the final three and a half innings of play, the OU defense only allowed one Warner base runner on their way to taking the 4-2 victory.
The Braves had four hits on the day, with Stigge, Lacey, Valenzuela, and Smith all having one hit apiece. Valenzuela led OU with two RBI. Molli Morgan picked up victory no. 33 on the season, pitching all seven innings in the victory. She didn't allow a single earned run.
The Braves (40-16) will now play the second seed, Columbia College, on Saturday, May 27 at 5:00 p.m. (est) / 4:00 p.m. (cst). Columbia College was ranked no. 3 in the NAIA in the final regular season poll.