AKRON, Ohio — The Lindenwood-Belleville Lady Lynx used great pitching and timely hitting to repeat as USCCA national softball champions.
The Lady Lynx (35-23-1) beat No. 1-seeded St. Mary of the Woods 2-0 Wednesday in the championship game.
Due to inclement weather, the USCAA National Tournament was moved to a single-elimination bracket with the Lady Lynx being the final undefeated team.
Pitcher Taylor Winn led the Lady Lynx, going 2-0 and adding a save during the tourney.
On Wednesday Winn picked up the victory by allowing just two hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Six Lady Lynx players picked up a hit in the championship game.
"We felt like we had more than paid our dues with traveling all over the country to face great competition," Lady Lynx coach Charlie Kennedy said. "After not playing as well as we would have liked in Georgia, our kids bought in to doing whatever it takes to win as a team, and that is what we did."
Kaylin Stewart led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and advanced to second base after a stolen base.
With one out Jamie Navarro singled, advancing Stewart to third base.
Mikayla Conlin came up next and grounded out to the second baseman, scoring Navarro.
The Lady Pomeroys had their best scoring opportunity in the top of the fourth inning.
With one out the Lady Pomeroys picked up back-to-back hits to put runners on first and second.
A ground out moved both runners up a base, but Winn induced a ground out to end the inning.
The Lady Lynx added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
With two outs Conlin singled and pinch runner Tye Poore moved to second after a stolen base.
Winn then doubled to score Poore.
The Lady Pomeroys had runners at the corners with one out in the top of the seventh, but Michele Pilster struck out the final two Lady Pomeroy's hitters to preserve the victory.
Pilster picked up the save for the Lady Lynx after pitching the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.
Brooke Jordan suffered the loss for the Lady Pomeroys. She went six innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs.
Stewart, Miskowicz, Navarro, Conlin, Winn, and Bickelman each picked up a hit for the Lady Lynx. Conlin and Winn finished with an RBI apiece.
The 35 wins set a program record for most victories in a season for LUB. Next season the Lady Lynx will compete in the American Midwest Conference for the first time.
"This was a difficult season with transitioning 20 new players and losing 16 seniors from last season's National Championship team," Kennedy said. "We faced everyone's No. 1 lineup all year and knew there would be a heavy challenge to win again. It feels tremendous to have a program of dedicated young ladies who care for each other and wanted to become 2014 National Champions."