From Staff Reports
Maddie Monroe’s first start in her last trip to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championship tournament was a good one.
Monroe — a senior who spent part of her high school career at Dalton before transferring to Calhoun — pitched a complete-game shutout to lead Reinhardt University in a 3-0 win against Chicago’s Saint Xavier University in the first round of the tournament Friday at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus.
A four-time Appalachian Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, she allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out five in the 140-pitch performance to improve to 27-2 this season. Saint Xavier (49-8) was shut out for just the second time this year and the first time since April 28.
Reinhardt (44-7) scored all of its runs in the second inning. In the sixth, Monroe escaped a bases-loaded, two-out jam via a groundout.
The No. 8 seed in the 10-team, double-elimination bracket, Reinhardt will face top-seeded Concordia University Irvine (Calif.) 7 p.m. today and is four wins away from a title.