COLUMBIA, MO. – Emily Smith pitched a complete game Monday as the Valley City State softball team started the NAIA Softball Championship Opening Round with a 2-1 victory over Madonna University (Mich.).

Smith allowed only three hits while striking out eight. Two-out RBI singles by Jayme Menard and Joelle Aiello pushed across Valley City State’s two runs.

Valley City State, the No. 1 seed in the four-team bracket, advances to play No. 2 seed Columbia (Mo.) in a winner’s bracket game Tuesday at 10 a.m. Columbia defeated No. 3 seed Brenau University 4-0 on Monday. The winner of VCSU and Columbia will earn a spot in the championship on Wednesday.

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