BIG News for Belhaven Athletics – 2 Stories

Tonight, Senior Stefan Fernandez was named the Southern States Athletic Conference Male Athlete of the Year.

He is recognized THE top athlete among our 16 school conference…..in all sports.  There must be over 3,000 men competing in athletics in these schools, and Stefan took the top honor.

Stepfan was a leadership soccer player with us, and following his graduation a few weeks ago, and the completion of his ROTC, he’s now become a commissioned officer in the Air Force.

Congratulations to a marvelous Blazer – I’m guessing this won’t be the last time we’re proud he’s an alum of Belhaven University.

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And back to this incredible softball run – what a day.

The women played three games in one day … in Orange Beach, Alabama!

The won the first, and lost the second, moving us into the second bracket of the tournament.

Tonight they had a big come-back win in their third game.  The story of that final win is below from the NAIA news service.

Now, they move into Final Four for the National Championship.

Talk about a huge day – I can’t imagine how draining that was with the competition, the heat, and the emotion of come from behind winning.

We play Cal State San Marcos tomorrow at 12:30, and a win there will move us into the championship game, and that game will be broadcast on the internet (link below).

Go Blazers!…..Go Big!

GULF SHORES, Ala. – Belhaven (Miss.) (49-11) lives to see another day after taking down Oklahoma City (48-14) 7-3 in bracket play at the 2011 NAIA Softball National Championship Monday.

After a rocky first, Sarah Burns (40-9) settled down to dominate the Stars, finishing with a complete-game effort that saw her allow three runs on five hits and strike out seven.

Lily LaVelle (31-10) took the loss after giving up four runs on five hits in 4.2 innings of relief work.

CeCee Austin finished 2-for-4 with four RBI for the Blazers, while Christina Jaques went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Rian O’Bannon went 1-for-2 with one RBI. Lizzy Hess added a pair of hits for Belhaven.

Brittany Caruthers hit a three-run homer for Oklahoma City and Kylee Rounsaville added a pair of hits for the Stars. She hit her three-run blast in the first, but the Stars would get only three hits the rest of the way against Burns.

The Blazer bats had Burns’ back early, as they answered right away with three runs on two hits in the bottom half of the first. Jaques started the frame with a double and Austin singled home two in the inning.

Both offenses went stagnant over the next four innings until the Blazers put the game away with a four-run sixth. Katie Sanders drove in the first run of the inning with a RBI-infield single and Austin capped the inning with a two-out two-run single.

Belhaven will battle Cal State San Marcos Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. All the remaining games will be broadcast live at www.watchnaia.com.

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