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Softball team makes history, punches ticket to World Series

May 17, 2023

The NAIA No. 2-ranked OLLU softball team will face Marian University of Indiana today, May 26, at 6 p.m. in the Saints' opening game of the NAIA World Series being played in Columbus, Georgia, through May 31. This is the first time in program history that the Saints are participating in the World Series.

The university will sponsor a watch party for Saints Fans not able to make the trip to Georgia. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in UWAC 104; light refreshments will be served while they last. 

With 51 victories and only six losses this year, the Saints have the most wins of any NAIA team. This will mark the first time the Saints have played Marian which went 50-7 on the season and marked a 31-5 record in the Crossroads League. 

“The resilience that these young women showed in the pursuit of our goal for a national title was amazing. They never gave up, and everyone who loves OLLU should love the way these student-athletes represent the university. It will be our honor to carry the Saints banner on the national stage at the World Series,” said Bruce Lenington, Head Coach of OLLU Softball. Hear from Head Coach Bruce Lenington and the players.

With low ERA pitching, clutch hitting, heroic defense and speed around the bases, the OLLU Saints softball team continues to excel and demonstrate its ability to compete and win at the highest level. 

“This is a storybook dream come true for our student athletes, our university and our entire community,” said OLLU President Abel A. Chávez, MBA, Ph.D. “OLLU is savoring extraordinary momentum in all areas of our university and the success of our women’s softball team punctuates this era of excellence,” added Chávez. 

Hear from Head Coach Bruce Lenington and the players.

Go here for additional information on the 42nd Annual NAIA Softball World Series.

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