2009 Softball News

  • Defiance Puts 22 Student-Athletes on HCAC All-Academic Team
    May 19, 2009
    GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced its spring honorees for Academic All-HCAC. Defiance College placed 22 student-athletes on the list, raising its total for the 2008-2009 academic year to 35.
  • Johnston Selected to Academic All-District IV First Team
    May 12, 2009
    DEFIANCE, Ohio – Justine Johnston garnered her second-straight ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV honor, after being named to the first team as voted on and announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
  • Bushman and Davis Garner All-Regional Tournament Honors
    May 11, 2009
    GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Melanie Bushman and Aarika Davis each were named to the NCAA Division III’s Central Region All-Tournament team on Sunday, after helping the Jackets earn the school’s first Regional semifinal berth this past weekend.
  • DC Defeats Thomas More 8-2 to Advance to Semifinals
    May 09, 2009
    GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Defiance reached a pair of milestones in its 8-2 victory over Thomas More on Saturday, advancing to the NCAA Regional semifinal for the first time in program history.
  • DC Falls to DePauw in Regional Semifinal
    May 09, 2009
    GREENCASTLE, Ind. - Defiance saw its season come to an end in the NCAA Regional semifinal, dropping a 7-0 decision to DePauw University on Saturday.
  • Jackets Drop Heartbreaker to ONU
    May 08, 2009
    GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Defiance could not hold on to an early lead in its second round matchup with Ohio Northern on Friday, as the Polar Bears scored five runs in the final three innings to hand the Jackets an 8-5 defeat.
  • Jackets Advance to Second Round with Shutout of Trine
    May 07, 2009
    GREENCASTLE, Ind. - Justine Johnston tossed her second-straight shutout, helping Defiance claim a 2-0 victory over Trine University in the opening round of the NCAA Regional Tournament on Thursday.
  • Johnston Earns All-Region Honors
    May 06, 2009
    DEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance College senior Justine Johnston earned Div. III All-Region accolades, as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its 2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region Teams on Monday.
  • Defiance Gearing Up for NCAA Regional Tournament
    May 05, 2009
    DEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance College will be making its fourth NCAA Regional Tournament in the last six years, after cruising to its second-straight HCAC Tournament title last week. The Jackets will look for their second-straight NCAA Regional Final Four berth when action kicks off on Thursday.
  • Jackets Claim Second-Straight HCAC Tournament Title
    May 02, 2009
    LEXINGTON, Ky. – Defiance blanked Transylvania 6-0 to win its second-consecutive HCAC Tournament title, as the Jackets cruised through the conference tourney unblemished for the second year in a row. DC advances to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in school history with the automatic bid.
  • DC Advances to Title Game with Opening-Day Sweep
    May 01, 2009
    LEXINGTON, Ky. – Defiance moved within one win of its second consecutive HCAC Tournament championship, after defeating Bluffton and Transylvania in the opening two rounds of the conference tournament. The Jackets won the first game, 12-4, before holding on for a 5-4 victory in game two.
  • DC to Start Defense of HCAC Tournament Title This Weekend
    April 30, 2009
    DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Defiance College softball team is set to compete in its tenth consecutive HCAC Tournament this weekend on the campus of Transylvania University.
  • Holava Claims Career Win 100 in DC’s Sweep of Denison
    April 27, 2009
    GRANVILLE, Ohio – Defiance reached the 25-win plateau for the sixth time in school history with a sweep of Denison University, helping head coach Jodie Holava win the 100th game of her four-year coaching career. The Jackets took the opener 9-2, before holding on for a 4-3 win in the nightcap.
  • DC Blanks MSJ to Secure HCAC Tournament Bid
    April 25, 2009
    DEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance closed out its 2009 home schedule with a pair of shutout victories over Mount St. Joseph, helping the DC softball program eclipsed the 450-win mark.
  • Transy Outlasts DC in Pair of Thrillers
    April 24, 2009
    EFIANCE, Ohio – Transylvania swept Defiance in a pair of one-run games, ending the Jackets’ bid for their second HCAC regular season title in the last three years. DC saw its eight-game conference winning streak come to an end, dropping the opener, 2-1, before losing a heartbreaker, 3-2, in extra innings.
  • Jackets Drop Pair of Heartbreakers to Alma
    April 22, 2009
    DEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance lost a couple of last-inning thrillers to Alma College on Wednesday, taking extra innings to fall in the opener, 11-10, while losing 5-3 in the final game of the doubleheader. The Jackets fall to 21-12 with the losses while Alma moves to 27-13 on the year.
  • Bushman Earns HCAC Recognition
    April 20, 2009
    GREENWOOD, Ind. – Melanie Bushman helped lead Defiance to the top of the HCAC standings this week with a 4-0 mark and has been named the HCAC Hitter of the Week for the second time this season.
  • Defiance Blanks Hanover to Sweep HCAC Twinbill
    April 18, 2009
    HANOVER, Ind. – Defiance outscored Hanover College 17-0 on Saturday, sweeping the HCAC doubleheader to move into the conference lead with a 10-2 mark. The Jackets only needed five innings to record the victory in both contests, winning the opener, 8-0, before claiming the finale, 9-0.
  • Jackets Move Into HCAC Lead with Sweep of Franklin
    April 17, 2009
    FRANKLIN, Ind. – Defiance racked up 25 runs in two games to sweep its HCAC twinbill with Franklin College on Friday. DC exploded for nine runs in the seventh to take the opener, 15-3, before cruising to a 10-4 victory in the final game of doubleheader to improve to 19-10 overall and 8-2 in conference play.
  • Defiance Splits Pair of Extra-Inning Thrillers with Albion
    April 10, 2009
    ALBION, Mich. – Defiance scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to claim a 4-2 win in the opening game of its non-conference twinbill with Albion College. The Britons would use some late-inning magic of their own in the nightcap to snap DC’s four-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory.
  • Jackets Score 18 Runs in Sweep of Manchester
    April 08, 2009
    N. MANCHESTER, Ind. – Defiance used a late rally to defeat Manchester College, 6-3, in the opening game of the HCAC doubleheader, before exploding for 12 runs to blowout the Spartans, 12-4, in the finale. The Jackets, who have now won three straight, improve to 6-2 in the conference with the sweep.
  • DC Splits Twinbill with Rose-Hulman
    April 04, 2009
    DEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance took advantage of a pair of fielding mishaps to win the final game of its doubleheader, 3-2, with Rose-Hulman on Saturday. The Jackets’ could not get anything going offensively in the opener, falling 2-0.
  • Jackets Split With Bluffton to Stay Atop HCAC Standings
    April 01, 2009
    BLUFFTON, Ohio – Defiance scored a run in four of its final five innings in the nightcap, bringing home a 6-2 victory over Bluffton University to split the HCAC twinbill with the Beavers on Wednesday, April 1.
  • Johnston Tabbed as HCAC Pitcher of the Week
    March 30, 2009
    GREENWOOD, Ind. – Justine Johnston went 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA this week, including a no-hitter, and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the seventh time in her career.
  • Johnston Tosses No-Hitter in DC's Sweep of Anderson
    March 28, 2009
    DEFIANCE, Ohio – Justine Johnston threw the second no-hitter of her career, as Defiance swept its twinbill with Anderson University.
  • Jackets Fall to Nationally-Ranked Adrian
    March 25, 2009
    ADRIAN, Mich. – Defiance saw its three-game road winning streak come to a close in its doubleheader with No. 24 Adrian College on Wednesday afternoon. The Jackets dropped the opening game of the twinbill, 3-2, before falling 2-0 in the finale.
  • Gow's Game-Winning Single Helps DC Split with Trine
    March 23, 2009
    DEFIANCE, Ohio – Brittany Gow’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the seventh scored Tasha Stucke to give Defiance a 4-3 victory over Trine University in the opening game of the doubleheader. However, DC would see its four-game winning streak end in the nightcap, as its late-inning rally fell short.
  • Bushman Named HCAC Hitter of the Week
    March 23, 2009
    GREENWOOD, Ind. – Melanie Bushman hit .857 with three doubles and six runs driven in to lead Defiance to a perfect 3-0 mark on the week. For her efforts, Bushman has been named the HCAC Hitter of the Week.
  • Johnston Sets Career Mark in DC’s Sweep of Heidelberg
    March 21, 2009
    DEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance used a pair of three-run innings and a solid pitching performance from Justine Johnston to cruise to a 6-2 victory over Heidelberg University in the opener, before outlasting the Berg, 4-1, in the second game of the doubleheader.
  • DC Rolls Past Findlay, 9-1
    March 18, 2009
    FINDLAY, Ohio – Defiance scored a run in each inning on its way to a 9-1 rout of the University of Findlay, taking advantage of seven Oiler errors to win in five innings.
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