Sammy Hogan retired 14 of the last 16 St. Ben's batters and drove in the game-winning run with a bases-loaded infield single as top-seed St. Thomas scored a 3-2 walkoff win over the fourth-seed Blazers Friday in the opening game of the MIAC Softball Tournament at UST's South Field.
UST will play an 11 a.m. winners' bracket game Saturday against second-seed St. Catherine (30-11), a 3-1 winner ober Hamline. St. Ben's and Hamline play an 1:30 pm. elimination game. The 11 a.m. winner and the 1:30 loser play a 4 p.m. elimination game. The 1:30 winner advances to Sunday's championship round.
Kate Deming had leadoff doubles in both the first and third innings and came around to score both times as the Blazers (27-12) took a 2-0 lead.
The Tommies (34-7) started slowly as they had their first 10 batters set down by CSB starter Kiela DeVlaeminck and trailed by two. Elise Barnes walked, stole second and scored on Chase Shortley's RBI single. Shortley stole second and scored on Megan Bush's RBI single.
UST won in the seventh off CSB reliever Cassie Meyer. Bush singled, took second on a bunt and that batter, Rachel Suter, reached on a high throw. Jenna Beeso was hit by pitch to load the bases with none out. With the infield drawn in, Hogan slapped a roller towards second base the fell for an infield hit past a diving Blazer and plated Bush.