The win propels the Lady Warriors (14-4) into today’s championship game against second-seeded SCAD-Savannah.
SCAD posted a 16-8 winner against No. 3 seeded Tennessee Wesleyan in Friday’s first semifinal.
Shorter (13-7) will now take on Tennessee Wesleyan in the third place game today at 2 p.m.
The Lady Hawks put up a good fight against the defending NWLL champions, but simply couldn’t get over the hump in the second half.
Rojas scored off an assist from Armstrong to tie the game at 11 with 25:36 to play in the game. Rojas’ strike capped Shorter’s 8-3 run that spanned over 13 minutes and helped the Lady Hawks draw even after falling behind by five goals in the first half.
Indiana Tech answered, however, thanks in large part to the play of Guthrie. The Warrriors’ all-league player torched Shorter for eight goals, five of which came after halftime. Guthrie’s goal at the 23:10 mark put Indiana Tech back in front at 12-11 and sparked a 3-0 run that extended the Warriors’ lead to three.
Shorter got back within two goals on Armstrong’s unassisted tally with 17:23 to go, but Guthrie was there again to thwart any momentum, finding the back of the net less than a minute later and scoring again with 11:36 remaining to make it 17-12 in favor of the Warriors. Rojas launched a last ditch effort for Shorter, pulling the Lady Hawks to within 18-16 with 5:16 left, but another goal from Guthrie essentially put the game away at the three minute mark.
Whitney Dixe had three goals and Amelia Wiggins two goals for Shorter, which outshot Indiana Tech 42-37 and held a 37-31 advantage in ground balls. Shorter nearly avenged a tough 20-19 loss to the Warriors suffered on Ben Brady Field just a month ago, but ultimately was denied a chance to play for the NWLL title.
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Shorter University’s ninth-ranked softball team ended the regular season on Friday with a doubleheader sweep of Southern States Athletic Conference foe Truett-McConnell on Friday in Cleveland. The Lady Hawks took Game 1 by a score of 11-2 before shutting out the Bears in the nightcap, 12-0.
Shorter pounded out a total of 30 hits — 15 each game — in the series to improve to 42-9 overall and 22-5 in the SSAC East Division. The Lady Hawks finished second in the division standings after Lee University posted a pair of 1-0 victories over Brenau on Friday afternoon.
Jackie Castaneda went a perfect 4-for-4 on the day with six runs scored. Whitney Hood had five RBI and three hits, including two doubles, and Charlsie Broome finished the doubleheader going 4-for-8 with four RBI and a triple in Game 2.
Kayla Byrom got the win in Game 1 after tossing 4.1 innings and allowing one earned run on four hits with seven strikeouts. Maddie Bray took the win in Game 2 after she yielded one hit and fanned four in three innings.
Fifth-ranked Faulkner University scored a pair of narrow victories over Shorter University on Friday to complete a three-game series sweep of the 15th-ranked Hawks in Montgomery. Shorter dropped a 4-2 decision in Friday’s opener before Faulkner took the nightcap 5-1. The Hawks fell 4-1 in Thursday’s night’s series opener.
The losses dropped Shorter (35-15, 20-10) to fourth place in the SSAC standings heading into the conference tournament which begins on Thursday in Columbus. Faulkner (44-9, 27-3) improved its winning streak to 20 games with the sweep of the Hawks, and will be the tournament’s top seed when the pairings come out later this week.
After Corey Black’s complete-game, three-hitter on Thursday night stiffled the Hawks in a 4-1 Faulkner win, the Eagles completed the job with two more pitching duels on Friday.
Faulkner starter Will Dismukes went all seven innings and allowed one run on four hits to the Hawks in the Eagles’ 5-1 victory in Friday’s opener. Zach Colby led the way for the hosts at the plate going 1-for-3 with two RBI. Two of Shorter’s four hits were doubles courtesy of Blake McCullers and Bobby Triglia, but the Hawks struggled to get runners on base against the arm of Dismukes, whose team raced out to a 4-0 lead before Triglia’s RBI hit in the sixth broke up the shutout.
In Friday’s finale, Shorter led 2-0 early before the Eagles took the lead for good with a three-run sixth.
The Hawks scored on an error and a balk to go up by two runs in the top of the fifth, but an RBI single by Faulkner’s Ray Johnson trimmed Shorter’s lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Craig Massey then tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single before Daniel Cayton provided the crushing blow, a two-run double that gave Faulkner its first lead at 4-2 that the Eagles would never relinquish.
Willie Lewis went 3-for-5 and Kendall Lacey 2-for-4 for Shorter, which did muster eight hits in the finale loss. Faulkner’s Damon Porter got the win on the mound, outdueling Shorter’s Stuart Charleston and lasting eight innings and striking out six.
Berry scored six runs in the 10th inning to break open a 3-3 tie and went on to defeat Piedmont 9-5 in the second game of a softball doubleheader in Demorest, Ga., Friday evening. Piedmont won the opener 3-2.
In the nightcap, Denice Aleman and Katie Stanford drove in single runs in the fifth inning to give the Vikings a 3-1 lead. But the Lions answered with a run in the fifth and another in the sixth to tie the game.
Neither team would score in the seventh, sending the game into extra innings, where the 3-3 score would hold until the 10th.
Berry erupted for six runs in the top of that frame, which was highlighted by a three-run triple by Holly Todd. Aleman, Jesica Washington and Kristin Stoll also drove in runs in the inning for Berry.
Piedmont scored twice in the bottom of the 10th, but the Lions weren't able to complete the comeback attempt.
Berry (23-11 overall) collected 13 hits in the win, including two apiece from Stoll, Lacey Herring, Krista Woody, Aleman, Stanford and Todd.
Caillee Shamoun earned the win in a relief effort for Berry. In five innings, she allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out two batters.
Shamoun came on in relief of starter Andrea Cole, who allowed two runs on five hits in five innings. Cole struck out one batter and did not walk any.
Brittney Head, the third of three Piedmont pitchers in the game, took the loss after allowing six runs (all unearned) in two and two-thirds innings of work.
In the opener, Lacey Herring hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning, but only two other Berry runners would advance past first base the rest of the game as Piedmont won on a late run.
After Herring's homer in the top of the sixth, Piedmont's Abby Atkinson raced home from third base on a Vikings' error with two outs in the bottom of the inning, scoring what turned out to be the game winning run.
Five different players accounted for Berry's five hits in the opener.
Shamoun took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits. She fanned seven batters and did not walk anyone.
Head earned the win. She allowed two runs on five hits while striking out six batters in seven innings.
Berry is scheduled to close out its season Sunday at Huntingdon.