ST. GEORGE, Utah – Butler Community College claimed the 2016 NJCAA DI National Championship with a 4-2 come-from-behind victory over defending national champ Chipola (Fla.) in the title game on May 21 at the Canyons Complex.
The national title is the first in program history and the 12th in school history
Chipola jumped out to a 2-0 lead after three innings. Madison Ragan launched a solo home run to right with two outs in the top of the first and added another run in the third inning on a triple and a Butler error to take a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Grizzlies (53-4) pushed across their first run of the game as Megan Wurts led off the inning with an infield single and would later score on a Becca Schulte single.
An inning later, Butler loaded the bases with two outs. Wurts stepped to the plate and dropped the game-winning single into centerfield, driving in two runs, with Amelia Cutchlow also scoring when the throw to the plate got away from the catcher to give Butler a 4-2 advantage.
Butler finished the year winners of its final 38 games, the longest streak in program history.
At nationals, Butler defeated Howard (11-2 in six innings), Southwestern Florida State (5-4 in 15 innings), Yavapai (7-4) and knocked off Chipola twice (10-0 in six innings on Friday and 4-2 in the title game).
Pitcher Jennifer Hittinger was named the tournament's MVP, going 3-0 in the circle, including the win in the title game. Becca Schulte, Brynn Minor and Morgan Heckart were named to the all-tournament team and Doug Chance was honored as the top coach in the tournament.
--- Courtesy of Butler CC Athletics