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Sat Mar 17
Cancelled
Adrian
vs. Denison
@ Danville, Ky. in Danville, Ky.
Sat Mar 17
Cancelled
Denison
at Centre
in Danville, Ky.
Sun Mar 18
Final
2 Denison
8 at Centre
in Danville, Ky.
Sun Mar 18
Final
0 Hanover
1 vs. Denison
@ Danville, KY in Danville, Ky.
Fri Mar 23
Final - 5 innings
1 Rochester (Mich.)
9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Fri Mar 23
Final
5 Rochester (Mich.)
6 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Mon Mar 26
Final
2 Denison
4 at Muskingum
in New Concord, Ohio
Mon Mar 26
Final
5 Denison
3 at Muskingum
in New Concord, Ohio
Wed Mar 28
Final
2 Otterbein
7 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Mar 28
Final
6 Otterbein
2 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Mar 31
Final - 6 innings
1 Denison
9 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Sat Mar 31
Final
13 Denison
10 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Thu Apr 05
Final
1 Kenyon
7 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Apr 05
Final - 6 innings
4 Kenyon
12 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 07
Final - 5 innings
12 Denison
0 at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio
Sat Apr 07
Final
5 Denison
3 at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio
Sun Apr 08
Final
1 Thomas More
0 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Apr 08
Final - 5 innings
4 Thomas More
12 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Apr 10
Final
4 Wittenberg
6 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Apr 10
Final
2 Wittenberg
1 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Apr 12
Final
6 Mt. St. Joseph
5 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Apr 12
Final
6 Mt. St. Joseph
8 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Fri Apr 13
Final
2 Denison
1 at Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Fri Apr 13
Final
2 Denison
1 at Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Tue Apr 17
Cancelled
Adrian
Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Apr 17
Cancelled
Adrian
Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Apr 19
Cancelled
Denison
at Defiance
in Defiance, Ohio
Thu Apr 19
Cancelled
Denison
at Defiance
in Defiance, Ohio
Sat Apr 21
Final - 5 innings
3 Hiram
13 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 21
Final - 5 innings
1 Hiram
22 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Apr 22
Final - 5 innings
1 Capital
10 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Apr 22
Final
3 Capital
8 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Apr 25
Final - 5 innings
11 Denison
1 at Marietta
in Marietta, Ohio
Wed Apr 25
Final
8 Denison
1 at Marietta
in Marietta, Ohio
Thu Apr 26
Final
1 DePauw
0 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Apr 26
Final
4 DePauw
5 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Apr 29
Final - 6 innings
9 Denison
0 at Allegheny
In Meadville, Pa.
Sun Apr 29
Final
9 Denison
5 at Allegheny
In Meadville, Pa.
Fri May 04
Final - 10 innings
5 DePauw
4 vs. Denison
@ SPRINGFIELD, OH in Springfield, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
Sat May 05
Final
10 Allegheny
14 vs. Denison
@ SPRINGFIELD, OH in Springfield, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
Sat May 05
Final - 13 innings
5 Denison
4 at Wittenberg
in Springfield, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
Sat May 05
Final
4 Denison
5 vs. DePauw
@ Wittenberg in Springfield, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
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Softball falls in heartbreaking fashion at NCAC Tournament

Sarah Herold  |  Photo by Craig Hicks
Sarah Herold | Photo by Craig Hicks

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio—Denison softball opened the day with a tall task in front of them.  After an extra-inning loss to DePauw in Friday's North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament opener, the Big Red needed to win four-straight games to capture the tournament championship.

No one will ever be able to question the toughness of this bunch.  Denison eliminated Allegheny from the tournament with a 14-10 win to start the day.  They gutted out an incredible 5-4 win over the top-seeded Wittenberg Tigers in 13 innings to eliminate them from the tournament.  Then they took DePauw to the brink, tying the game when they were down to their last strike, only to fall on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh, ending a 7 hour and 21-minute softball marathon for DU.

Let's fast-forward right to the championship. 

Denison took a 1-0 lead in the first inning off a sacrifice fly by Lauren Secaras.  Game five's hero, Laura Bagan, homered to left center to give Denison a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers got to Big Red starter Colleen Hoffman in the fourth when Maddie Montgomery dropped suicide squeeze bunt that scored Mina Shaw with DePauw's first run of the game.  After another bunt single loaded the bases, Bekka Roberts laced a single to right that cleared the bases.

DePauw entered the seventh inning with a 4-2 lead.  Denison got a rally going quickly when Emilie Fisher led off with a single.  A strikeout and a fielder's choice had the Big Red down to their last out and Amanda Howell delivered a single to center, that moved Secaras to second.  On a 0-2 count, Bagan smashed a double to center scoring pinch runners Charlotte Happel and Maddie Crull with the tying runs.

In the seventh, Hoffman retired Liz Getz with the first out but Kaylyn Linder reached on an error.  An infield single by Linder put two runners on, setting the table for Sidney Holler to come through with the game-winning hit.

Emma Baldwin went the distance for DePauw and allowed nine hits and three earned runs to improve to 10-8.  Hoffman dropped to 9-4 and allowed five earned runs on 12 hits.  Lindsey Clemson was 3-for-4 and Bagan was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and one run scored.

In the 5-4 elimination game win over Wittenberg, Denison's Sarah Herold went head-to-head with Tiger starter Chelsea Zang in a classic.  Zang pitched 12.1 innings and threw 162 pitches.  Herold went all 13 innings and threw 158 pitches. 

Wittenberg led 4-3 in the 13th but Denison fought back in the bottom of the 13th.  With Herold on second base to start the inning because of the international tiebreaker rules, she promptly stole third base in an effort to not take the bat out of the hands of Denison's best hitter, Secaras.  She came through with a ground out to the pitcher that scored Herold from third to tie the game at 4-4.  Howell followed with a double to the gap in right-center and Bagan followed with the walk-off double to right, propelling Denison into the championship.

In addition to her brilliance in the circle, Herold was 2-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Howell was also 2-for-6 with a double.

The first game of the day saw the Big Red pound out 20 hits and defeat Allegheny 14-10 thanks to four runs in the bottom of the sixth. DU was led offensively by Mckinly Vazquez, who was 4-for-5, and Herold who went 3-for-4.  Hoffman got the start and pitched two innings. Secaras worked 2.2 innings of relief before handing off to Herold who worked 2.1 innings to get the win.

Denison's season comes to an end in the championship of the NCAC Tournament for the second-straight year.  They end with a record of 26-10, marking the 10th time in program history a Denison team has won 25-games or more.

Herold, Bagan, Vazquez, and Clemson were named to the All-Tournament team.  DePauw's Baldwin was named the tournament's most valuable player.