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Pacific Lutheran University Softball Day Commencement

PLU’s Softball Team celebrates its DIII national championship win, shortly after beating defending champion Linfield on May 21 in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship game in Salem, Virginia.

Governor’s declaration makes it official

With a stroke of her pen on Thursday, Gov. Christine Gregoire declared Friday, May 25, as “Pacific Lutheran University Softball Day” in the State of Washington. The proclamation congratulated the entire team, noting that in finishing with a 45-11 season, the team logged the most wins in a single season in the program’s history.

Stacey Hagensen ’12 received a call out in the proclamation for her Most Oustanding Player Awards and Hagensen and Kaaren Hatlen also received props for All-American honors for their play on the field, and Academic All American First Team recognition for their work in the classroom.

The team won the national championship against Linfield on Monday, and the PLU community welcomed them home with a celebration on Tuesday. During the celebration, President Loren. J. Anderson congratulated the team for being top-notch athletes and scholars both. To view the proclamation, click here.

Welcome Home Champions!

Montessa Califano ’13 is welcomed home by a supporter as the PLU Softball Team was greeted with cheers, music and speeches on Tuesday when they returned as the DIII National Champions. (Photo by John Froschauer)

Lutes win national championship

PLU defeated conference rival Linfield 3-0 to secure the NCAA D III National Championship.

Hagensen leads Lutes to NCAA softball championship

SALEM, Va. – It was Stacey Hagensen’s moment to shine, and the senior pitcher who had carried Pacific Lutheran to the NCAA Division III Softball Championship title game on Monday afternoon shone as bright as the sun in the Virginia sky. READ MORE

Hall does it again as Lutes need 12 to beat Montclair
SALEM, Va. – Amanda Hall drove a one-out single through the middle of the diamond in the bottom of the 12th inning Sunday to give Pacific Lutheran a 2-1 win over Montclair State and with it a berth in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship title game on Monday. READ MORE
Lutes beat Linfield off Hall’s power

Amanda Hall ’13 is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting a three-run bomb to lift the Lutes over Linfield in the second round of the D III Softball National Championship. (Photos by Nick Dawson)

Hall of Fame: Amanda’s homer lifts PLU past ‘Cats
SALEM, Va. – Amanda Hall doesn’t know what kind of pitch it was and doesn’t remember getting around the bases, only that it went quickly and that her feet barely touched the ground. READ MORE

(photo by Keith Lucas)

Hagensen leads Lutes past Luther in NCAA opener

SALEM, Va. – Stacey Hagensen gave herself the perfect birthday present, and her Pacific Lutheran teammates gift-wrapped eight-hit offensive support as the Lutes beat Luther, 8-0, on Friday afternoon in an opening round game at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship at Moyer Complex. READ MORE

Lutes win regional advance to national tournament

PLU outfielder Montessa Califano ’13 celebrates with her teammates after the Lutes won the Tyler regional and punched their ticket to the NCAA Division III Softball National Championship tournament May 18-22 in Salem, Virginia. (Photos by UT Tyler)

Lutes head to Virginia May 18-22 for the college softball national championships

After sweeping through the regional final, concluding with a 4-0 win against UT Tyler, the Lutes will play in the NCAA Division III National Softball Championship. PLU faces Luther College in their first game at 10:30 a.m. PST Friday, May 18.

The team is led by head coach Erin Van Nostrand.

This year’s team has established a new PLU record for victories in a season with 41 and won the Northwest Conference tournament title, on its way to winning the Tyler Regional title game and heading to the Division III Softball World Series.

This is the Lutes first trip to the softball national championships since 2002. Several Lutes made the all tournament team for the Tyler Regional, including tournament Most Valuable Player Stacey Hagensen ’12. Also on the All-tournament team are first baseman Amanda Hall ’13, designated hitter Kaaren Hatlen ’13 and outfielder Montessa Califano ’13. Hagensen struck out seven on her way to throwing a four-hit shutout in the regional title game.

2012 PLU Softball team

Front (left to right): Glenelle Nitta ’13, Kylee Oshiro ’15, Melissa Harrelson ’13, Shelby Hasse ’14, Katie Lowery ’14, Samantha Pryor ’14, Leah Butters ’15, Katie Bologna ’12, Amanda Hall ’13, Stacy Hagensen ’12, and Kaaren Hatlen ’13. Back: McKenna Welch ’14 , Lindsey Matsunaga ’14, Spencer Sherwin ’14, Amanda Goings ’12, Montessa Califano ’13,  Ami Gran ’12, Haley Harshaw ’13, Tori Hamura ’15, and Lauren Watson ’13. (Photo by John Froschauer)

Road through regionals, on to national championship tournament
Lutes beat Huntingdon in regional tourney opener

TYLER, Texas – Stacey Hagensen threw a one-hitter and Kaaren Hatlen drove in three runs with a double and home run Friday to lead Pacific Lutheran to an 8-0 five-inning victory over Huntington (Ala.) in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Softball Championships Tyler Regional. READ MORE

Lutes find a way, beat Redlands in eight innings

TYLER, Texas – Pacific Lutheran needed eight innings to continue its advancement through the winners bracket of the NCAA Division III softball regional tournament here on Saturday afternoon, beating Redlands, 2-1, at UT-Tyler Ballpark. READ MORE

Lutes advance to regional tournament title game

TYLER, Texas – Pacific Lutheran advanced to the title game at the NCAA Division III Softball Championships Tyler Regional by defeating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 5-1, on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the UT-Tyler Ballpark. READ MORE

Lutes get it done, beat Tyler in regional championship

TYLER, Texas – Tournament Most Valuable Player Stacey Hagensen threw a four-hit shutout as Pacific Lutheran defeated Texas-Tyler, 4-0, to win the Tyler Regional and earn a spot in the NCAA Division III Softball World Series. READ MORE