The Hawks advanced to the NAIA national semifinals after a pair of wins Monday in Gulf Shores.
Monday's first game saw No. 10-ranked Shorter slip past third-ranked Cal State San Marcos, 4-3, behind the pitching of LFO alum Maddie Bray and the hitting of LaFayette alum Emily Clements.
Bray, a freshman, picked up her third win in the national tournament, while Clements, a senior, drove in all four runs in the victory. Clements gave Shorter a 2-1 lead in the third inning on a two-out, two-RBI single, and blasted a two-out, two-run homer in the fifth to put the Hawks in front for good.
Then in the second game, Shorter freshman pitcher Kayla Byrom outdualed Oklahoma City senior All-American Lily LaVelle with a complete-game five-hitter. Byrom fanned three and walked one in the 3-1 win.
Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Year Jackie Castaneda had a homerun and drove in two runs while LaFayette alum Charlsie Broome doubled and scored in the win.
Shorter (51-11) will face fellow SSCA member and No. 16-ranked Brenau at 1:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday in the national semifinals with the winner advancing to Wednesday's NAIA National Championship Game, which begins at 1:30 p.m. ET.