Carly Searles and Jamie Lydick combined for three home runs and five RBI to lead top-seeded Trine to a 7-1 victory over fourth-seeded Washington & Jefferson in an NCAA Division III regional softball tournament in Angola, Ind.
Searles cracked two home runs and drove in three runs and Lydick had one homer and two RBI for Trine (38-3).
W&J (25-11) will play Depauw today at 11 a.m. in an elimination game.
Searles gave Trine a 1-0 lead in the first with a solo home run and then made it 5-0 with a two-run shot in the fourth. Lydick led the inning off with her home run.
W&J scored its lone run in the fifth inning, following a 30-minute delay because of lightning. Madison Rotto singled to center, Jen Bahm singled Rotto to second, and Breanna Gleason got an infield single to load the bases. Rotto scored when Kelsey Cunningham, a graduate of Peters Township High School, grounded into a fielder’s choice.
Bree Fuller held W&J to four hits, three singles and a double by Cunningham, struck out 12 and walked two.
Krista McCartney allowed seven runs, five earned, in four innings and fell to 12-4.
Depauw lost a 2-1 decision to Muskingum in the opener. The Tigers (26-19) had a 1-0 lead in the first but allowed single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.