Oregon Tech wins NAIA national title

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Jackie Imhof made a first-inning run hold up as Oregon Tech (42-13) blanked California Baptist (66-5) 1-0 to win the NAIA Softball National Championship Wednesday at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex.

The Cal Baptist Lancers won Wednesday's first championship game, 7-0, to force the decisive game after coming out of the loser's bracket, but Imhof (25-6) was on her game in the finale.

"It was definitely just a dream come true," Oregon Tech coach Greg Stewart said. "To beat the No. 1 team in the country twice by 1-0 scores, you couldn't have scripted it in any better fashion."

The Owls defeated Cal Baptist 1-0 Tuesday to advance to the title round as the tournament's only unbeaten.

Imhof struck out seven batters and walked none while twirling a four-hitter. Tory Ferreira was tagged with the loss after giving up one earned run on three hits in 31/3 innings of action.

After a 6-4 double play erased a one-out Cal Baptist single in the top of the first, the Owls turned a pair of singles into the game-winning run in the bottom half of the frame.

Shauna Collins started the inning with a single and moved to second two batters later on a ground out. Jess Plummer, a sophomore infielder, the hit a two-out, RBI single up the middle.

Imhof was named the tournament most valuable player. The senior tossed 471/3 innings with a 0.59 ERA and a 6-1 record. OIT's other all-tournament players were catcher Kayde Schaefer and shortstop Shauna Collins.

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