The Seminole State softball team fended off Howard 8-5 on the first day of the NJCAA National Tournament Wednesday in St. George, Utah.

The Lady Trojans rallied with seven runs in the bottom o fthe second and never gave up the lead. They gave up a five-spot in the fifth and held on to advance in the tournament.

Kristen Prieto and Emily Richardson each homered in the game and Richardson and Hayley Reibenspies had two hits apiece.

Turner Whorton was awarded the win for Seminole.