The top-seeded Brenau University Golden Tigers face No. 4 seed College of Coastal Georgia at noon CDT/1 p.m. EDT today on Day 2 of the Southern States Athletic Conference softball tournament in Decatur, Alabama.
With a victory, the Golden Tigers would play again today at 6 p.m. CDT/7 EDT against the winner of No. 2 William Carey vs. No. 3 Mobile. With a loss, Brenau would face either No. 7 Middle Georgia or a yet to be determined opponent.
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Brenau, the first team to go undefeated in SSAC regular-season play, defeated No. 9 seed Bethel (Tennessee) University 7-1 in Thursday’s tournament opener to advance.
Brenau jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Autumn Conaway doubled to deep left to score Lexi Cash and Mackenzie Oliver Mullis.
The Lady Wildcats cut the Golden Tigers’ lead to 2-1 with their lone run on a sacrifice fly by Iesha Kizer in the top of the fourth inning.
Then the Golden Tigers went to work, extending their lead in the bottom of the inning when Courtney Kenney walked with the bases loaded to score Cash. Shelton Kendrix followed with a single to deep left, scoring Mullis and Kelsey Payne for a 5-1 advantage. Brenau added two more runs on a wild throw by Bethel’s Kizer.
Golden Tigers freshman ace Kathleen Elizabeth “Eli” Daniel, who was named the SSAC player, pitcher and freshman of the year Wednesday, struck out five batters and allowed four hits and no earned runs in the complete-game victory. Daniel leads the nation in wins (39), strikeouts (506), ERA (0.49) and opponents’ batting average (.123).
Mullis continued her dominance on the basepaths, swiping two bases and scoring twice. The senior outfielder from Carnesville, Georgia, leads the SSAC this season in runs scored (47) and stolen bases (40) and is third in batting average (.417).
Conaway finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs. The freshman infielder from Guyton, Georgia, is second in the SSAC with a .421 batting average and third in hits (67) and total bases (94).