HOLLAND, Mich. – The Calvin softball team opened the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 victory over Franklin College on Thursday afternoon. The Knights improved to 31-8 on the year and the 31 victories established a new school record. The Knights will play the winner of the Hope versus Greenville game.
The Knights struck first in the third inning. Senior Jessica Brasser (Rockford, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) singled to right field to get junior Rachel Newman (Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea) across home plate.
Junior Anna Gernant (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) scampered across home plate on a Franklin error in the fourth inning.
Junior Abby Colon (Caledonia, Mich./South Christian) blasted a no-doubt home run to center field to make it a 3-0 game.
Anna Gernant held the Grizzlies to two hits on Thursday and recorded six strikeouts.
The Calvin defense was strong on Thursday with the infield picking up line drives. Sophomore Bri Noorman (Jenison, Mich./Covenant Christian) threw out Grace Paszek at first base to end the fifth inning.
Thursday was the 20th time this season that Calvin played error-free ball.
Calvin is 3-1 on the year against Hope and 1-0 against Greenville.