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Tufts Repeats as NCAA Division III National Champion

Tyler, Texas — NFCA first team All-American Allyson Fournier pitched a six-hit shutout and Tufts University scored twice in the second and four times in the third to win its second straight NCAA Division III national championship, 6-0, over Salisbury University on Tuesday at Texas-Tyler’s Suddenlink Field.

Fournier, who threw 284 pitches over the 21 innings played to complete two games Monday, finished the tournament with 24 straight scoreless innings. She had 77 strikes among her 114 pitches in Tuesday’s finale.

Michelle Cooprider went 3-for-4, while Christina Raso drove in three runs on two hits and Sara Hedtler also had two hits in the triumph for the (47-4) Jumbos.

Kathryn Larson struck out six and allowed one run over five innings in relief of starter Rachel Johnson, who was not quite her usual brilliant self in the circle — a combination of accumulated innings and the prolific Tufts lineup — for the (44-5) Sea Gulls.

After both teams sailed through bracket play 3-0, Tufts lost the best-of-3 Championship Series opener to the Sea Gulls, 2-1, on Monday for its first postseason defeat since a 4-1 loss to Linfield on May 20, 2012, a span of 22 games. In Monday’s nightcap, though, the Jumbos rebounded to outlast Salisbury, 6-0, in 14 innings.

For complete details on the NCAA Division III Championship, check out our tournament site here