The Central Methodist Eagles softball team from Fayette, MO. won their opening game of pool at the NAIA national championships in Gulf Shores, AL, beating Houston-Victoria 2-0 on Thursday afternoon.  Kelsey Johnley reached on a bunt single and scored after the left fielder mishandled a double down the line from Kayla Yount. Rebecca Lipsey would double two batters later in the two-run fourth inning.

Aubrey Utley allowed seven hits and struck out five as she went the distance for the win. CMU plays Friday at 12:30 against William-Carey.