SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Pitt Community College is heading back to St. George, Utah, later this week for the NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Tournament after beating Spartanburg Methodist College today, 4-3, in extra innings.
Christie Brown’s two-out single to center field in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Casey Mitchell from second base to give the Bulldogs their second straight Region X Conference Tournament title and their second straight trip to Utah for the national tourney.
Freshman pitcher Kelli Patrick picked up the win for Pitt, which is now 48-8 this season.
After a first-round bye Friday, top-seeded PCC began tournament play with a 2-0 victory over USC-Sumter on Saturday. Coach Junior Bailey’s Bulldogs then put away arch-rival Louisburg College, 2-0, to advance to Sunday’s championship.
Spartanburg Methodist outdueled Louisburg Sunday morning to advance to the championship with one loss. The Pioneers then topped Pitt, 4-0, to set up a deciding game in the double-elimination event.
Patrick earned all-tournament honors for her play over the weekend along with Mitchell and teammates Charity Watson and Amanda Daw.
This year’s national championship will take place at the Canyons Softball Complex in St. George May 19-21. PCC will be the 16th-seed while Arizona’s Yavapai College comes in as the top seed at 62-4 overall.