Stephanie Nippert – Corban University
Freshman Stephanie Nippert tied the single-season record for home runs with her 11th long ball of the season Friday against nationally-ranked Concordia.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Corban’s softball team pulled within one win of advancing to the program’s first-ever NAIA National Championship Friday with a 5-1 victory over the NAIA’s No. 4-ranked Concordia, as all of the Warriors’ runs came via the long ball.
With today’s victory in the opening contest of the three-game Cascade Collegiate Conference Championship Series, Corban improves to 24-21 and pushes its school-record winning streak to nine games. Meanwhile, Concordia drops its fifth game of the season and falls to 32-5 overall.
Freshman Stephanie Nippert (Rocklin, Calif.) led Corban’s offense with a 2-for-3 performance that included one run scored and three runs batted in, while five other Warriors – senior Rachel Kazmierski (Eugene, Ore.), senior Rebecca Franke(Pendleton, Ore.), freshman Liane DeHart (Kent, Wash.), freshman Tamara Feb(Oregon City, Ore.), and freshman Erica Fitzgerald (Beaverton, Ore.) – recorded a hit each with Feb, Kazmierski, and Nippert belting home runs in the win.
I hope all is well. I just wanted to touch base with you about coming down again in September to work with the team. We ended up finishing 2nd in both the conference and conference tournament this year, and missed nationals by 1 game. We broke virtually every offensive record at the school, had five all-conference kids, and 1 all-american… basically, we’re starting to see the results of what we’ve been doing, and want to continue to improve, as well as get our incoming class started off right mechanically. We’ve got some talent coming in, and return almost everyone from last year, but there is a little work to do as well. If it works for you, our first weekend of fall ball is September 10th and 11th, and we’d love to have you down again then. If those dates don’t work, let me know what you have open, and I’ll adjust our schedule as needed.