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Tufts rallies for second straight softball title

The Tufts University softball team secured the Jumbos’ second consecutive NCAA Division III national championship by defeating the Salisbury Sea Gulls 6-0 on Tuesday at the University of Texas-Tyler.

After losing 2-1 in Game 1 on Monday, the Jumbos rallied to win two in a row, including a 14-inning nail-biter in Game 2 late Monday night.

"It's amazing," Tufts coach Cheryl Milligan said Tuesday in a team release. "We lost yesterday and it had been a long time since our last loss. We didn't feel too hot, but we pulled Game 2 out in the wee hours last night. Then to come back today on fire, really ready to go, is a testament to this team's spirit and their drive and how hard they worked for this."

In Game 3, sophomore shortstop Christina Raso drove in three runs and pitcher Allyson Fournier blanked Salisbury by scattering six hits, capping a run of 24 straight scoreless innings for Fournier versus the Sea Gulls since the fifth inning of Game 1 of the championship series. For her efforts, Fournier was named co-Most Outstanding Player along with teammate and senior catcher Jo Clair.

Tufts becomes the first Division III softball team to repeat as national champions since 2004-05, when St. Thomas (MN) accomplished the feat.