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Grand Canyon Claims WAC Softball Tournament Crown

Grand Canyon Claims WAC Softball Tournament Crown

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Heading into the day, there was only one thing for sure. Grand Canyon or Stephen F. Austin were going to win their first WAC tournament title.

After Stephen F. Austin staved-off elimination with a 4-2 victory to start championship Saturday to set-up a winner-take-all game in the late afternoon.

In that contest, the Ladyjacks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning when MacKenzie Bennett hit a three-run homerun. In the bottom of the third frame, Grand Canyon pulled within one-run as Katelyn Dunnkel and Denae Chatmanm recorded RBI base knocks. In the fourth inning Hannah Burnett drew a two-out base loaded walk on full count to knot the score at 3-3. Dunckel gave the Lopes the lead on the next pitch with a single up the middle which scored Gianna Nicoletti and Emma Villaescusa.

The Ladyjacks pulled within a run when a Mikaelah Burkland RBI single made their deficit 5-4. A Danae Chatman homerun in the fifth frame rounded out the scoring.

Ariel Thompson pitched the final three innings to earn her second save of the season. The tournament MVP earned two of the three wins for the Lopes inside the circle.

With the victory Grand Canyon secured its spot in the NCAA tournament. The selection show is set for Sunday, May 15 at 5 p.m. (MT).

ALL TOURNAMENT

Ariel Thompson (GCU) - MVP
Hannah Burnett (GCU)
Gianna Nicoletti (GCU)
Kassidy Wilbur (SFA)
MacKenzie Bennett (SFA)
Gaby Garcia (SFA)
Carley Nance (SU)
Madison Kahwaty (SU)
Kayla Bowen (NMSU)
Laurali Patane (NMSU)
Madison Carr (UVU)