The Case Western Reserve University softball team opened play at the NCAA Division III Championships on Thursday with a 7-1 loss to the third-ranked University of Texas at Tyler at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The Spartans slipped to 37-11 with the loss, while UT-Tyler raised their record to 44-3 on the campaign.
The Patriots wasted no time on Thursday, as they got out to the early lead with a run in the first, second and fourth innings to take the early 3-0 lead.
UT-Tyler added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth when Kailey Henderson hit a three run homer down the left field line and then Ashley Perez hit a RBI single to right center field, increasing the Patriot lead to 7-1 after five innings of play.
Sophomore Ilissa Hamilton started and allowed five earned runs in the game, as she took the loss and fell to 20-7 on season. Senior Katie Dzierwa pitched in relief of Hamilton, allowing one earned run on two hits and zero walks.
Case Western Reserve moves into the losers bracket in the double-elimination format and will battle 14th-ranked Rowan University on Friday, May 25th at 2:30 p.m. ET.