Picking up right where she left off last season, Bethel College sophomore pitcher Natalie Newell tossed a one-hitter as the Pilots posted a 6-0 win over UMET to open the 2013 softball season in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Goshen High School graduate struck out 18 and walked two in the complete game victory.
She also contributed on offense with a double and an RBI.
The Pilots were a 4-1 winner in the second game of the twin bill.
Newell recorded 225 strikeouts last season, fourth best total in school history. Amy Wetzel (1995) and Brittney (Hire) Lightfoot (2007) shared the single-season mark at 244. Lightfoot (Concord) holds the career mark at 644.
The Pilots continued their spring trip with 18-1 and 8-0 wins over the University of Puerto Rico. Newell had two hits, two RBI and two runs scored and freshman McKenzie Byler (Goshen) a single in the first game. Newell pitched the second contest, tossing a no-hitter to improve to 2-0 on the young season. She faced just 15 batters over the five innings, striking out 13 and walking one.
Bethel wrapped up the trip with 6-1 and 9-1 victories over Universidad Del Turabo. Newell hurled the final two innings of the opener and entered the second to strikeout the final hitter.
• Freshman Julie Jesse (Goshen) competed for the United State Naval Academy in the Patriot League Championships at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. She placed 10th out of 22 divers in the three-meter competition with 215.80 points and 13th out of 21 divers in the one-meter event with 192.05 points. Jesse was one of only two freshmen to compete in the diving events.
• Fordham University sophomore Spencer Chappell (Northridge) placed sixth in the 100-yard backstroke (56.71), sixth in the 200 back (2:06.88) and 14th in the 200 individual medley (2:06.66) in the Atlantic 10 Championships at Geneva, Ohio.
• Senior Chelsea Hite (West Noble) certainly made the most of her final home game for the Eastern Michigan Eagles by scoring 13 points in 12 minutes of a 63-56 loss to Central Michigan. Hite made 5-of-9 field goals and 3-of-3 free throws. She also had three rebounds and a blocked shot. Prior to the game her career high was four points, a figure she had reached on four different games.
• Senior Ashlee Ort (Wawasee) scored five points to go with six rebounds and an assist for the Bethel Pilots in a 69-55 win over Roosevelt in the second round of the NAIA national championship tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.