in the game
Hitting 2012 out of the park
Last season, the program achieved its
greatest feat yet by winning its pool at
the NAIA national tournament and was
one of the last eight teams standing.
The Grenadiers fell to Auburn-
Montgomery (Ala.) 2-1 in the ninth
inning on a walk-off home run to end
their season at 34-20.
Senior second baseman Megan
Sutherland called the 2012 team the
closest team she had ever been on and
said the KIAC tournament semifinal
against Brescia provided the spark for
the team to go on its run at the national
The Brescia semifinal game was
the stuff legends are made of. The
Grenadiers trailed the Bearcats 6-4 as
IU Southeast came to bat in the bottom
of the seventh. IU Southeast needed
two runs to force extra innings. Back-to-
back singles got the inning started for
IU Southeast, and then a bunt moved
both runners into scoring position.
Next came a little help from the
opposition. The Brescia pitcher bobbled
the ball and a wild throw went into
center field. All three Grenadier
runners scored, and the team advanced
to win the KIAC Championship.
IU Southeast initially entered the 2012
NAIA tournament with a 0-7 record in
previous tournament play, but the
veteran-laden squad and KIAC
conference tournament comeback
made the teammore confident.
I think it just gave us a boost of
confidence to know that even if our
backs are against the wall we can come
back swinging,” Sutherland said. “My
freshman year at nationals we got run-
ruled by Lubbock. Last year, we beat
them, so it just shows how much we
improved in two years.”
IU Southeast defeated two schools
ranked in the top 15, No. 5 Lubbock
Christian and No. 12 Union (Tenn.), to
advance out of the pool play round of
the tournament.
That first game [against Lubbock] was
huge for us,” sophomore outfielder
Summer Sanders said. “Everyone
played well and we had momentum,
and we carried it through the rest of
pool play. We came out proving that we
New coach on deck for 2013
Then, in June, former head coach Todd
Buckingham resigned to become the
The Grenadier softball teams celebrates their 2012 KIAC title.
Summer Sanders hits a pitch during a 2012 game.