GALVESTON, Texas – The second-ranked Blinn College softball team defeated two nationally-ranked teams in the final day of the Galveston Invitational here Saturday to finish 4-1 for the tournament.
Blinn topped 15th-ranked Navarro 11-2 in five innings before rallying to defeat 12th-ranked Temple 10-8 in eight innings.
Temple held a 6-2 lead before Blinn rallied for four runs in the seventh. Tiffani McKnight got the rally started by singling and scoring on a double by Kristina Davila. Shelbe Sterling reached on an error that scored Davila, and Sydney Wellmann launched a two-run homer to send the game to extra innings.
In the eighth, McKnight hit an RBI single and Davila added a three-run triple to put the game away.
Freshman Katie Castillon (3-0) earned the win after coming on in relief in the sixth inning.
Castillon earned the win against Navarro after striking out four without allowing an earned run.
The Buccaneers will host the Blinn Round Robin Feb. 8-10 in Brenham. The Buccaneers open the tournament Feb. 8 with a 2 p.m. game against Temple and a 4 p.m. contest against Seminole (Okla.) State. The Bucs play Seminole State again at 2 p.m. on Feb. 9, then play Northeastern Oklahoma A&M at noon and Navarro at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10.