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Top-seeded Butler run-rules Pitt in championship opener
 May 15, 2013

STEVE JOHNSON, DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY

ST. GEORGE, Utah – Top-seeded Butler (KS) Community College began its march to a national title with a convincing 13-1 victory over #16-seed Pitt (NC) CC in five innings in the first round of the 2013 NJCAA Division I Women's Softball National Championship tournament Wednesday afternoon at the Canyons Complex. Butler CC (51-2) will now go on to face #8 seed Wallace State (AL) CC in the championship bracket quarterfinal Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m. (MDT). Meanwhile Pitt CC (28-12) will play #9-seed Santa Fe (FL) College in an elimination game Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

The Grizzlies scored all 13 runs in the first four innings, including a pair of four-run outbursts in the second and fourth frames. Butler infielder Kaitlyn Wolken drove in two runs on a double in the second inning, while Grizzly outfielder Rachel Harper brought home three on a bases-clearing double in the decisive fourth inning. The run support was more than enough for Butler hurler Maggie Ham, who scattered a run on three hits with four strikeouts in five innings to pick up the win.

Pitt’s lone tally came on a two-out error in the second frame. PCC pitcher Jaimee Radel surrendered all 13 runs on 10 hits in taking the loss.



























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