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Tufts captures third consecutive national title

2015 Division III Softball

The Tufts University softball team made Division III history by becoming the first team to win three consecutive softball national championships. The Jumbos also extended their NCAA consecutive-wins record, finishing the 2014-15 season with a perfect 51-0 record.

Tufts pitcher Allyson Fournier was untouchable for the Jumbos through her senior campaign, tallying a 35-0 record in the circle.

 “I think we had a very talented team and I think sometimes you can hide that really well behind a pitcher like Allyson,” said Tufts head coach Cheryl Milligan. “But by the time we had that last game she really needed their help and they were in a position to show their talent.”

In the season’s final game, the four-time All-American was not as dominant as usual, but the Jumbo offense bailed her out. Trailing 2-0 in the top of the sixth inning, Tufts ripped off six runs to carry a comfortable lead into the final inning and ultimately finish with a 7-4 victory over the University of Texas at Tyler on May 25 in Salem, Virginia.  

Hoisting the trophy has become routine for Tufts, whose juniors have never walked off the field at the end of the season without the national championship trophy in tow. But finishing a season undefeated? That was uncharted territory.

 “We thought we could be a three-time national champion,” Milligan said. “Having done it two times prior we felt like we had an idea of what it might take and where we’d have to be as a team. And probably the best testament to the team and their willingness to fight was the streak itself.”