HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Freshman, Mckenzey Ridge flexed her muscles Monday in the Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament. Ridge went the distance giving up just one hit while striking out six. This is Ridge’s 23rd win of the season and her eighth shutout. Kristen Exposito went yard in the bottom of the fifth for the 23rd time this season an NAIA best.
- Score: Indiana Wesleyan – 5 | Talladega (Ala.) – 0
- Records: IWU – 55-9 | Talladega (Ala.) – 18-21
- NAIA Top 25 Rank: Indiana Wesleyan – #7 | Talladega (Ala.) – Unranked
- Location: William Carey University | Hattiesburg, Mississippi | Joseph & Nancy Fail Field
INSIDE THE BOX
- Mckenzey Ridge: 7 IP, 6 K, 1 H, 1 BB
- Kira Madl: 2-3, 2 RBI, R, 2B
- Kristen Exposito: 1-2, 2 RBI, R
- Emily Hastings: 2-2, R, 3B
- “I love this team and their ability to SHOW UP,” said head coach Steve Babinski. “ It’s 90+ degrees here and despite the heat, our team played flawless defense and pitched a gem. The offense made great adjustments, and altogether they played great giving God all the glory!”
NEXT TIME OUT
- Indiana Wesleyan plays the host school William Carey tomorrow at 12 p.m. EST.
- William Carey is ranked No. 19 in the country and is the No. 2 seed in the Hattiesburg Bracket.
- The Crusader’s defeated Truett-McConnell (Ga.) 5-0 in game one.
- WC boasts a record of 39-14 on the season.