Finals Run Comes to an End Against VSU

SALEM, Va. - Southeastern saw its unprecedented national tournament run come to a premature end on Sunday with a 5-3 loss to Valdosta State in the semifinals of the National Finals Tournament in Salem, Va.

The Savage Storm, who entered the postseason as a number seven seed in the Central region was the lowest seed to advance to the finals, and wrapped its memorable 2014 campaign with a 45-20 record and a third-place finish at the National tournament.

VSU opened the contest with three runs in the first inning on an RBI double by Shelby Altman and a two-run double by Fran Johnson.

The Blazer pushed their lead to 4-0 with a solo homer by Courtney Albritton in the second inning.

SE put two runners on via walks in the first but could not take advantage, and Jessica Simmons picked up the team's first hit in the bottom of the third inning but was left stranded as well.

Mindy McElroy survived a pair of Storm errors in the third without allowing a run, and worked past a third miscue in the fourth inning to keep the Blazer lead to 4-0.

She finally worked her first 1-2-3 inning in the top of the fifth, and the Storm offense responded.

Renneker led off the bottom of the fifth with a single through the left side and was replaced on the base paths by Shaina Crites.

McElroy then drew a walk and two batter later a Lacie Cook walk would load the bases.

After VSU changed pitchers, Sydney Kramer put SE on the board with a two-run single to center that plated Crites and McElroy

Laramie Beal then followed with an RBI double over the head of the right fielder to score cook and cut the deficit to 4-3 after five innings.

However, the Blazers would answer with an Altman RBI infield single to push the advantage to 5-3.

Cook would single with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but would be left standing there as the game ended with SE on the wrong end of the 5-3 score.

Beal finished the game with a 2-for-4 outing and an RBI.

Kramer added a hit and two RBI, while Jessica Simmons, Cook and Renneker each added hits.

McElroy picked up the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits with a pair of strikeouts, but finished her senior season with a 29-12 record after recording both of the team's wins on Saturday.


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