The National Softball Championship was won this afternoon by Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. SFU is a public university of 32,000 students.
We lost to them in the opening round of the Elite Eight, by a score of 4 – 2. And with some breaks the other way, we could have won that game.
Our Baseball team flew out yesterday for Lewiston, Idaho. Their first game will be Friday at noon (1 pm central time).
The NAIA World Series news release reports this about us:
No. 8 Belhaven (Miss.) (43-15)
• Won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship and was the No. 1 seed in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament.
• As a team, Belhaven leads the NAIA in total triples with 39 and has 222 total extra base hits, including 51 home runs heading into the World Series.
• Shawn Diehl and Drew Dillard top the team with eight triples apiece, good for fourth in the NAIA.
• Timmy Foster has 30 doubles on the season, which is first in the NAIA and set a Belhaven single season record for most doubles in a season previously held by Thomas Royals who had 25 in 2007.
• Belhaven pitcher Brandt Hinton is third in the NAIA in wins with 12 and Wade Broyles is third in the nation in saves with 13.
• Head Coach Hill Denson also surpassed the 1,000 win mark for his coaching career. The win total includes games at the collegiate and high school levels. He is 822-629-2 in 24 years of collegiate coaching.
• Blazers ended the season ranked No. 14 in the Coaches’ Top 25 Poll — reached as high as No. 10 on two occasions.
• Team averages 8.4 runs per game and has been close to that mark in its last 10 games averaging 8.3 runs.
• Making first appearance in the World Series and is playing in its second NAIA postseason making it to the 2009 National Championship Opening Round.
• Is the first team from the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference to make the World Series since 2003 when LSU-Shreveport went 3-2.