MARSHALL — Junior right-hander Kayla Oliveira tossed a two-hit shutout of sixth-ranked Birmingham-Southern to lead eighth-ranked Texas Lutheran to a 2-0 win Friday at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship's Marshall, Texas Regional.
With the win at East Texas Baptist's Taylor Field, the Bulldogs moved to 31-7 overall. BSC dropped to 34-6.
"Any time you win this year it is a good win," said Wade Wilson, TLU's head softball coach. "I didn't think we were necessarily very sharp today, but I thought Kayla was awesome today. I thought she had command of everything. Her changeup was good, and she worked in and out really well."
TLU is the No. 2 seed in the regional. BSC is the third seed. The Panthers are facing elimination in the late game Friday against top-seed and second-ranked East Texas Baptist.
Against BSC, Oliveira improved to 13-3 overall. She struck out six and surrendered just a double in the third and a single in the sixth.
Casey Martin put TLU on the board in the third with a single to left. Martin drove in Skylar Ouellette, who went 3-for-3 with a double.
Martin was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base, and Kelly Jurden added a pair of hits and scored a run.
Jurden added to her school and conference records for single-season steals. She stole No. 50 and No. 51 against the Panthers. She entered the regional tournament at No. 2 nationally in total steals and steals per game.
The NCAA Division III Softball Marshall, Texas Regional has moved its Saturday contests to Sunday because of thunderstorms and rain in the immediate area. The forecast calls for the storms to continue throughout the evening.