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Softball Regional Preview: Trine Seeks Second Consecutive Regional Title
Tuesday May 09, 2017 12:00am
Angola, IN

The Trine softball team will be looking to capture its second consecutive NCAA Regional title when the Thunder travel to Wisconsin-Whitewater for the 2017 NCAA® Division III Softball Regional.

The Thunder open postseason play Thursday at 1 p.m. CDT against Greenville College. Trine earned one of 20 at-large bids to the NCAA Division III Softball postseason after finishing the regular season 32-8 overall. The team was ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The Thunder will be looking to follow up on last season's Regional title win. Trine has won two Regional titles in program history and is making its 10th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA postseason.

Information on the tickets, parking and other accommodations for the Whitewater Regional can be found HERE.

A challenging schedule has provided the Thunder with plenty of tests against tournament-quality foes this season. Trine earned a 10-6 record against teams to appear in this year's NCAA postseason.

Trine led the nation in home runs per game during the regular season, belting 53 in 40 games. Three-time All-MIAA First Team selection Kaylee Fox (Vermilion, Ohio / Edison) led the way with 15 home runs. The junior became the school's all-time leader in career home runs earlier this season and has 44 career homers to her credit.

Fellow All-MIAA First Team selection Danielle Ray (Hamilton, Ohio / Badin) is one of 25 candidates for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player of the Year. The freshman owns a 16-3 record to go along with a 1.90 ERA. She has struck out 138 while walking just 26 in 132.2 innings. Ray recorded a scoreless streak of 39.1 innings this year.

Catherine Porter (Canton, Mich. / Plymouth Canton) is the lone senior on the roster. The 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree earned All-MIAA Second Team honors at catcher for the first time in her career. Porter has caught every inning behind the plate while providing the Thunder with a .320 batting average, .469 on-base percentage, five home runs and 30 RBIs.

The Thunder have gotten strong contributions from its freshman class, which included four All-MIAA performers. In addition to Ray, Michaela Hartline (Niles, Mich. / Brandywine), Makenna Hartline (Niles, Mich. / Brandywine) and Claire Ryan (Hartford, Wis. / Hartford Union) earned all-conference honors. Trine's freshman class has combined to hit .323 with 31 home runs and 132 RBIs. Thunder freshmen have picked up 54 percent of the team's RBIs.

Wisconsin-Whitewater and Hope make up the other half of the Regional bracket. The two teams will square off Thursday following the matchup between Trine and Greenville.

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