(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The top-seeded Thomas More College softball won its seventh Presidents' Athletic (PAC) Championship as it defeated the second-seeded Westminster College, 2-1, today Sunday May 6 in the championship game of the PAC Championship Tournament at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills, Ky.
With the win, the Saints improve to 31-14 overall and earn the PAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. It will be the Saints' ninth NCAA Tournament appearance and seventh under 10th year head coach Lindsay Eagan. The NCAA Division III Championship brackets will be announced Monday (May 7) on the NCAA Championship Website (www.ncaa.com) at 1 p.m. With the loss, the Titans fall to 27-9 on the season.
The championship game was a battle between the pitchers. Jazmyn Roher from Westminster faced 24 batters only allowing six hits for two runs, recording seven strikeouts. Alix DeDreu faced 26 batters only allowing three hits for a shut-out win, recording seven strikeouts.
Three of Thomas More players were named to the PAC All-Tournament team. Sophomore Amanda Lloyd, sophomore Andrea Gahan, and senior Dallis Knotts were all named to the All-Tournament Team. Junior pitcher DeDreu was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
This year's PAC Tournament marked a number of records broken for the Saints. With Finke's last hit in the game, she tied the record for most career hits at 204. DeDreu passed the record for most wins in a single season in the game against Saint Vincent on Saturday earning her 20th win against the Bearcats, breaking the previous record of 19 wins in a season. With the win today, DeDreu set the new record at 22 wins in a single season.