|Date:||March 18, 2017|
|Time:||1:30 pm||Results:||1-3 (8)||Location:||Kissimmee, Fla.|
In a battle between two top-10 teams, No. 10 Trine University (IN) defeated No. 4 Luther 3-1 in eight innings.
Anna Strien gave the Norse a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth with a solo home run, her second of the year. In the bottom half of the frame, Trine's Kaylee Fox tied the game with a solo blast to center field.
With the score tied 1-1 after seven, the teams entered the international tie-breaker rule, where a team begins the inning with a runner on second base. The Norse started the top half of the eighth with runners on first and third after a base hit bunt by Natalie Stockman advanced Ashley Burrows to third. The next three batters were all retired. In the bottom half of the eighth, Trine's Catherine Porter hit a walk-off home run that secured the victory.
The loss gives Luther an overall record of 6-2. Trine remained unbeaten at 16-0.
The Norse will face Hamilton College (NY) and Knox College (IL) tomorrow.
Contact: David Blanchard, 563-387-1586