FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2001
Third Straight TranSouth Regular Season Title; Murray and
TN--The past few days have been significant for the Lady
Bulldogs as they captured their second straight NCCAA MidEast
Region Championship. Also, with their win over Lipscomb
University today, Union has won their third consecutive
TranSouth Regular Season Championship. Union came into
the game with a 17-1 conference record. Lipscomb, 16-2
in the conference coming in, needed to sweep the Lady
Bulldogs in this the final two games of the 2001 regular
season in order to claim the title. Union settled the
debate early as they defeated the Lady Bison in the first game
8-0 in 5 innings. Murray improved her season record to
Murray and Johnna Porter have been selected as the NCCAA
National Pitcher and Player of the Week. Murray was also
honored with the TranSouth Pitcher of the Week selection, this
was her third of the season and Union's sixth in a row.
Murray, a junior from Herrin, Illinois went 3-0 on the week
which included a No-Hitter and two one-hitters. Murray
struck-out 10 batters in her no-hitter over Freed-Hardeman.
On the week Murray struck-out 34 batters and gave up only the
two hits and one run in 18 innings pitched. Rachel is
now 26-2 on the season with 25 complete games and 16
shutouts. During this 2001 season, Murray has tallied
254 strikeouts and has a impressive .42 ERA.
Porter, Union's sophomore third baseman, hit .643 on the week
(9-14) with two doubles, one homerun, and six RBI.
Porter scored seven runs on the week as she helped lead the
Lady Bulldogs to their second NCCAA MidEast Region
Title. Porter, a native of Mountain Grove, Missouri is
hitting .333 for the season with three homeruns, 31 RBI, 31
Runs, and nine doubles.
next for the Lady Bulldogs will be the NCCAA National
Tournament in Marion, Illinois where Union has finished second
in each of the last two seasons. Then will be the
TranSouth Conference Tournament in Nashville, TN during the
first week of May. On May 9-11, Union will host the NAIA
Region XI Tournament with the winner traveling to Decatur,
Alabama for the NAIA Softball World Series.