OKLAHOMA CITY — The Hastings College softball team, the fourth seed in the Oklahoma City bracket, knew it had a tough task against top-seeded Oklahoma City University in the opening round of the NAIA national tournament, and the Stars proved it.
The Broncos (29-13) fell to one of the nation's most dangerous offenses 6-1 on Monday in Oklahoma City, but it was the Stars' (48-12) pitching that stole the show. Hastings College managed just one hit and one run.
The lone hit came from Candice Connolly in the bottom of the seventh inning when she singled home Molly Mullervy to break up the shutout and no-hitter. OCU pitcher Jamie Rateliff threw a complete game and was two outs away from a no-hit shutout before Connolly's hit.
Taylor Erlenbusch, the GPAC pitcher of the year, got the start for HC. She threw all seven innings and gave up 10 hits and six earned runs while striking out three.