NAIA No. 1-ranked Concordia University is hosting the GSAC-Cal Pac Softball Tournament this weekend, April 25-27. This unaffiliated conference double-elimination tournament is comprised of teams from both the Golden State Athletic Conference and the California Pacific Conference.
Concordia (42-3), of the GSAC, will be the top seed. Simpson (32-22), representing the Cal Pac Conference will be the No. 2-seed and is joined by fellow conference member William Jessup (27-14) as the No. 4-seed. Vanguard (34-22), Hope International (27-21) and Biola (23-26) from the GSAC round out the field at the No. 3, 5 and 6 spots, respectively. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to a four-team NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round Tournament, May 13-15. The winners of the ten opening-round tournaments will advance to a double-elimination tournament in Columbus, Georgia, May 24-30.
In Game One, #4 William Jessup spotted # 5 Hope International an early 2-0 lead before scoring seven unanswered runs and winning, 7-2.
Game Two saw the first upset of the tournament with #6 Biola scoring two runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat #3 Vanguard, 3-2.
In Game Three, Hope International trailed Vanguard, 8-2, heading into the seventh inning. However, Hope scored six runs in the seventh to tie the score and another three runs in the eighth inning to take the lead and win the game, 11-8.
The final game of the day was a shortened affair as top-seeded Concordia defeated William Jessup, 11-0, in five innings. Concordia scored seven runs in the first to jump to an early lead and then added four more in the third.
In bracket Game Six, William Jessup scored four runs in both the first and third innings to defeat Hope International, 9-1.
In bracket Game Five, #2 Simpson tallied three runs in the first inning and went on to shut out Biola, 5-0.
Game Seven was a scoreless tie until the top of the sixth inning when Biola scored a 3-run home run and held on for the win over William Jessup, 3-0.
In Game Eight between the only remaining undefeated teams, Concordia defeated Simpson 8-0 in six innings.
On the final day of the tournament in Game Nine, Simpson scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Biola, 1-0.
Concordia defeated Simpson, 3-0, to earn the GSAC-Cal Pac Softball Tournament Championship. Katie Cotta pitched her NAIA-record ninth no-hitter of the year and was a walk away from a perfect game. All of the Eagles' scoring came on back-to-back solo home runs and an RBI single in the fourth inning. Concordia earns the automatic bid to the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening for the unaffiliated conference group of the GSAC and Cal Pac. The Eagles will host one of ten four-team double elimination opening rounds, May 13-15. The winners of these opening rounds advance to the final site 10-team tournament at South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus, Georgia, May 24-30.
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