ST. GEORGE, Utah - The Butler softball team allowed three runs with two outs in the top of the seventh, falling 5-3 to North Central Texas in the first round of the NJCAA Division I National Tournament at the Canyons Softball Complex.
With the loss, Butler (36-9) falls into the loser's bracket. The Grizzlies will face Darton State College from Georgia at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday (3:30 CST). Butler last played Darton in the 2011 national tournament, falling 7-3.
Butler has taken a 1-0 lead over North Central Texas on Wednesday, getting the run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Ashton Atwell drove a double off the top of the fence in left-center to score pinch runner Karlie Peck.
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Division II games were rained out and will be played Thursday morning early.