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May 23, 2012

PLU women's softball team wins World Series

Pacific Lutheran University won the 2012 women's fast-pitch softball World Series May 18-21. Three ELCA schools — PLU, Tacoma, Wash.; Roanoke College, Salem, Va.; and Luther College, Decorah, Iowa — progressed to the NCAA Division III National Softball Championships, held at Moyer Stadium in Salem, Va.

Kaaren Hatlen, a women’s fast-pitch softball player at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., swaps out for pinch runner, Spencer Sherwin. Hatlen is a member of First Lutheran Church in Bothell, Wash.
Kaaren Hatlen, a women's fast-pitch softball player at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., swaps out for pinch runner, Spencer Sherwin. Hatlen is a member of First Lutheran Church in Bothell, Wash. 

It was the Lutes' first trip to the series since 2002, Roanoke's first trip since 2001, and the third consecutive appearance for Luther. PLU collected the championship trophy after shutting out Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore., 3-0. 

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