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Rio seniors Jessi Robinson (right) and Haley Gwin embrace following Tuesday's season-ending loss to Campbellsville
Rio seniors Jessi Robinson (right) and Haley Gwin embrace following Tuesday's season-ending loss to Campbellsville
Tue, May. 12, 2015 - [Softball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    HARDEEVILLE, S.C. - Kristin Benton's two-out, run-scoring single in the fifth inning snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted top-seeded Campbellsville University to a 3-2 win over the University of Rio Grande, Tuesday night, in an elimination game of the NAIA Softball Championship Opening Round's USC-Beaufort Bracket at the Richard Gray Sports Complex.
    The Tigers, who ranked No. 7 in the latest NAIA coaches poll, improved to 36-9 and avenged an opening game loss to the RedStorm on Monday afternoon.
    Campbellsville will face regional host and No. 2 seed University of South Carolina-Beaufort for the tournament title on Wednesday at noon. A second final, if needed, would follow at 3 p.m.
    The regional champion will move on to the NAIA World Series, which begins May 22 in Sioux City, Iowa.
    Rio Grande, the No. 4 seed in the regional, finished its season at 32-16 with the loss. The 32 wins represented the second-highest single-season total in the program's history.

Rio's Jessi Robinson had both of her team's hits in Tuesday's 8-0 NAIA tourney loss to USC-Beaufort
Rio's Jessi Robinson had both of her team's hits in Tuesday's 8-0 NAIA tourney loss to USC-Beaufort
Tue, May. 12, 2015 - [Softball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    HARDEEVILLE, S.C. - Kristy Cook tossed a two-hit shutout and Mariaha Sanborn clubbed a two-out, three-run home run in the first inning to give South Carolina-Beaufort an early lead and fuel an eventual 8-0 win over the University of Rio Grande in the winner's bracket final of the NAIA National Softball Championship Opening Round's USC-Beaufort Bracket at the Richard Gray Sports Complex.
    The host Sand Sharks, who are ranked 16th nationally and seeded second in the bracket, improved to 42-12 and advanced to Wednesday afternoon title game.
    The RedStorm, the No. 4 seed in the bracket, slipped to 32-15 and dropped into the loser's bracket final against either No. 1 seed Campbellsville or No. 3 seed Indiana Wesleyan, Tuesday, at 5 p.m.

Rio Grande's Tayler Arndt had two hits and three RBI in Monday's 4-3 win over Campbellsville
Rio Grande's Tayler Arndt had two hits and three RBI in Monday's 4-3 win over Campbellsville
Mon, May. 11, 2015 - [Softball]

Rio Grande/USC-Beaufort Sports Information
    HARDEEVILLE, S.C. — Fourth-seeded University of Rio Grande rallied for three runs with two outs in the seventh inning and stunned top-seeded Campbellsville University, 4-3, in the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round's USC-Beaufort Bracket, Monday afternoon, at the Richard Gray Sports Complex.
    The RedStorm improved to 32-14 with the win and advanced to Tuesday's 11 a.m. winner's bracket final against regional host and No. 2 seed USC-Beaufort, which edged third-seeded Indiana Wesleyan University, 1-0, in Monday's opening game.
    Tuesday's winner advances to the regional title game on Wednesday at noon and would have to be beaten twice. The second championship final, if necessary, would be played Wednesday at 3 p.m.
    Campbellsville, which was ranked No. 7 in the latest NAIA coaches' poll, slipped to 34-9 with the loss. The Tigers will meet Indiana Wesleyan in an elimination game on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
    The Campbellsville-IWU winner will then face the Rio-USCB loser in another elimination contest on Tuesday, at 5 p.m.

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Thu, May. 7, 2015 - [Softball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande softball team will begin its quest for a national title as part of the University of South Carolina-Beaufort Regional in the 2015 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round.
    The pairings for the 10, four-team regional sites were announced Thursday night by the NAIA national office.
    The fourth-seeded RedStorm (31-14) will face No. 1 seed Campbellsville (34-8) at 3 p.m., while No. 2 seed USC-Beaufort (40-12) meets third-seeded Indiana Wesleyan (47-10) in the noon opener of the regional on Monday, May 11, at the Richard Gray Sports Complex in Hardeeville, S.C.
    The winner's bracket final and a pair of elimination games are slated for Tuesday, May 12, while the championship first final - and a second final, if necessary - will take place on Wednesday, May 13.

The University of Rio Grande softball team poses with their championship trophy after winning the KIAC title
The University of Rio Grande softball team poses with their championship trophy after winning the KIAC title
Fri, May. 1, 2015 - [Softball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    DANVILLE, Ky. - The University of Rio Grande bolted to a four-run lead and then held on down the stretch for a 5-4 win over Indiana University-Southeast in the championship game of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Tournament, Friday afternoon, at Millenium Park.
    Rio Grande, which advanced to the title game by virtue of another 5-4 win over the Grenadiers earlier in the day, improved to 31-14 with the victory and ran its winning streak to six straight since dropping all four games of its final regular season conference series at IU-Southeast on April 17-18.
    The win also gave the third-seeded RedStorm the KIAC's automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament, which begins at 10 regional sites across the country on Monday, May 11. It will mark the just the second all-time appearance in the national tourney in program history.
    IU-Southeast, the league's regular season champion and the tourney's top seed, slipped to 29-7 and had a streak of three consecutive KIAC tournament titles snapped.

Rio Grande sophomore Jenna Jones was named KIAC Softball Pitcher of the Week on Monday
Rio Grande sophomore Jenna Jones was named KIAC Softball Pitcher of the Week on Monday
Tue, Apr. 28, 2015 - [Softball]

KIAC Sports Information
    BEREA, Ky. - University of Rio Grande sophomore Jenna Jones was named the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week by KIAC officials on Monday.
    Jones earned the win in three of Rio's four victories last week as the RedStorm finished the week 4-0. She finished the week with a 0.58 earned run average in 24 innings pitched.