UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor University softball team will be making its second-ever appearance in the NAIA National Championship Tournament on Monday, May 15, as the Trojans will open at 2:00 pm (ET) against second-seeded and No. 14 Corban University.
The RV Trojans are the third-seed in the Lindsey Wilson bracket and earned the eighth of nine at-large bids to secure a return trip to the national tournament after making their debut appearance in 2014, where they went 1-2. TU owns a 38-16 record this season and finished second in the Crossroads League with a 27-7 mark. Taylor enters the tournament having won 30 of its last 36 contests, with a program-record 13-game winning streak during that stretch.
TU had seven players earn nine all-league honors, the second-most of any team in the Crossroads League. Seniors Hannah Robbins and Alex Lovelace each earned spots on both the All-Crossroads League Team and the Crossroads League Gold Glove Team to lead the Purple and Gold honorees.
Lovelace boasts a team-best .423 batting average, .461 on-base percentage and 69 hits as the catalyst at the top of the TU lineup, while setting program records for most doubles (53) and triples (10) in a career. Robbins has anchored the Trojans' pitching rotation, owning a 2.26 earned-run average and a 17-4 record, earning the win in the circle in 13 consecutive starts from March 28 to April 28 and posting a team-record seven shutouts on the season.
The Trojans will need every bit of its 6.1 runs per outing in its first game of the opening round against Corban (40-11). The Warriors, who received an automatic bid for winning the Cascade Collegiate Conference regular-season title, score 6.6 runs per game, while allowing their opponents to plate just 2.9 runs per game. CU is also 27-0 this year when holding teams to two runs or less.
Sophomore Jessie Isham leads the Corban attack at the plate, batting .384 with 18 doubles, 16 home runs, 55 RBI and a slugging percentage of .799. Junior right-hander Sabrina Boyd heads up the Warrior pitching staff with a 21-4 record and a 1.49 ERA in 29 appearances in the circle.
The winner of Monday's matchup between Taylor and Corban will advance in the winner's bracket to face the winner of No. 1 seed and site host Lindsey Wilson (39-11) and No. 4 seed Madonna (30-14) at 1:00 pm (ET) on Tuesday, May 16. The loser between Taylor and Corban will play the loser between Lindsey Wilson and Madonna at 3:30 pm (ET) on Tuesday in the loser's bracket.
Lindsey Wilson College will be providing free live stats and pay-per-view video coverage of each contest in the Lindsey Wilson bracket. All coverage links are available at athletics.taylor.edu.