Luther softball advances to NCAA Championship Finals
DECORAH – After posting a 4-0 record at the Whitewater Regional of the NCAA III Softball Championships, the Luther College softball team claimed the regional championship and advanced to the championship finals. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the eight-team finals May 21-25, at Gelein Field, Carson Park.
Luther is making its first apperance at the championship finals since 1991 and its fourth in school history. The Norse placed fourth in the both 1985 and 1990 and were fifth in 1991.
Luther, the #1 seed of the Whitewater Regional, defeated Aurora University 3-1 in the championship game Sunday, May 16. The victory gave the Norse a school record 41-5 and 15th consecutive victory. During the regional, Luther outscored its opponents 13-3, producing all but two runs with home runs, a total of seven for the regional.
Luther will begin play at the championship finals on Friday, May 21, versus Linfield College (38-5) the winner of the Indianola (IA) Regional. The complete championship finals bracket can be found on the championship web site at www.ncaa.com/sports/w-softbl/champpage/w-softbl-div3-index.html.
The Luther College sports information department will provide all of the play-by-play for all of Luther’s games via audio stream. The link to the audio stream will be located on the Luther College Athletics web site at sports.luther.edu as soon as the complete schedule is available.
Luther is coached by Renae Hartl who is the midst of her ninth season. During her tenure, she has tallied a record of 241-119. Luther is making its third appearance in the nationl tournament during the past four years and 11th time in school history.
Lexy Determan, a 2007 graduate of Graettinger-Terril High School, is a pitcher for the Norse softball team. She is the daughter of Dave and Kathy Determan of Terril, Iowa
Determan was named all-region after allowing two runs in 18 innings of work. She will enter the national championship finals with a record of 19-2 and an ERA of 1.08, that includes 177 strikeouts.
Luther College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and is located in Decorah, Iowa. The Norse compete in 10 men’s and nine women’s intercollegiate sports.
As a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) since 1922, the men have won 150 conference championships. In 1982 the IIAC expanded its championship sponsorship to include women’s sports. During this time span, the women have won 59 team titles. Combined, Luther is the first school in the Iowa Conference to capture 209 league titles.