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On Campus: DePauw falls in regional championship

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Abey Bass, a Shelbyville graduate, was 1-for-3 at the plate in Sunday's loss for DePauw (33-14).
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By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com

DePauw University’s softball season came to an end Sunday with a 1-0 loss to Trine University in a NCAA Division III regional championship game in Greencastle, Indiana.

Abey Bass, a Shelbyville graduate, was 1-for-3 in the loss for DePauw (33-14).

The Tigers reached the championship game with a 4-1 victory over St. Vincent Friday. Trine defeated DePauw, 17-4, on Saturday. The Tigers recovered to defeat Maryville (Tenn.), 2-1, to advance to the championship game.

Bass was 1-for-4 with a run batted in during the first loss to Trine. Against Maryville, Bass was 1-for-3.

Here’s a look at other Shelby County graduates competing at the collegiate level:

Hannah File

James Madison’s softball team, ranked 16th nationally, collected its fifth Colonial Athletic Asociation postseason tournament championship with a trio of dominating wins.

On May 8, the Dukes (47-7) opened the tournament with a 12-0 victory. On Thursday, James Madison rolled past Elon, 9-1, then ended the tournament with a 12-0 win over Elon Friday in the championship to earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament.

File, a Shelbyville graduate, was 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run for James Madison in the title game. She also homered in a 1-for-3 performance Thursday against Elon.

In the opener, File as 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

James Madison will open NCAA Regional Tournament action Friday at the University of Michigan against DePaul. The host Wolverines will then face St. Francis (Pa.) in the second game. The four-team, double-elimination tournament continues Saturday and Sunday in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jordan Crouse

For the first time in program history, the Franklin College baseball team is headed into the NCAA Tournament in consecutive years after winning a thrilling Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship game Sunday in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Quenton Nelson delivered the Grizzlies a 9-8 victory over top-seeded Rose-Hulman with a two-out, walk-off single.

Jordan Crouse, a Triton Central graduate, was used as a pinch runner by Franklin but did not score.

Franklin learned Monday it will head to Seguin, Texas, for the NCAA Division III regional tournament Friday. The Grizzlies (28-13) drew the No. 4-ranked Trinity Tigers (34-10), the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference champs. The other half of the bracket consists of host Texas Lutheran (31-12) taking on Concordia (Texas), who is 34-10.

Brady Gossett

The Wabash College men’s 400 relay team finished ninth in the North Central College Dr. Keeler Track and Field Meet in Naperville, Illinois.

Gossett, a Triton Central graduate, ran with Josh Wiggins, Isaac Avant and Jose Franco to post a time of 42.51 seconds.

Damon Lux

The Shelbyville graduate was 0-for-1 in a pinch-hitting role for Duke University’s baseball team on May 8 in a 9-3 loss to Liberty.

Lux again was 0-for-1 in a pinch-hitting role Saturday in Duke’s 15-3 loss to Georgia Tech.

Erin Diemer

The Shelbyville graduate finished third in the pole vault competition at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships for Southern Illinois University.

Diemer cleared 3.65 meters (an outdoor best 11 feet, 11.75 inches for the sophomore) at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, to finish behind Illinois State vaulters Ariana Cranston (3.75 meters) and Nicole Bagwell (3.65 meters).

Daniel Kuhn

The Shelbyville graduate finished eighth for Indiana University’s men’s track and field team at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, held at the University of Iowa. Kuhn crossed the finish line in 1:50.23.

The Hoosiers finished runner-up in the meet.