TYLER -- The Pacific Lutheran Lutes punched their ticket to the NCAA Division III Softball World Series by defeating Texas-Tyler by a score of 4-0 in Monday's championship game at the Tyler Regional.
Stacey Hagensen pitched her fourth complete game and notched her second shutout of the regional tournament to lead the Lutes to victory. Hagensen pitched scattered four hits and walked one while striking out seven batters. She was named Most Outstanding Player of the Regional.
Heather Abshire absorbed the loss for the Patriots despite turning in a quality performance of her own. She gave up only five hits over seven innings and was charged for only one earned run. Abshire's ERA dropped to 0.68.
The Lutes took advantage of two errors in the top of the third inning that was part of a three-run frame. Haley Harshaw scored the game-winning run from second when Montessa Califano's grounder was tossed into the outfield by Ashlee Johnson. Harshaw advanced to third and then came home on Joey Cronin's overthrow.
Califano later came home on Glenelle Nitta's sacrifice bunt, while Nitta scored two batters later on Amanda Hall's RBI double.
Ashley Endsley was the only real trouble for Hagensen during the game, as Endsley went 3-for-3 Monday.
The Patriots put pressure on in the bottom of the seventh when Endsley doubled, which was followed by Rachell Howell and Brittney Batten being hit by pitches. However, Hagensen picked up her last two outs via strikeout and clinched the tournament win for the Lutes.
The Patriots ended their season with a record of 39-8.