Softball falls twice, out of MIAC Playoffs

Softball falls twice, out of MIAC Playoffs

ST. PAUL – The St. Thomas softball team dropped a pair of games in the MIAC Playoffs on Saturday at South Field.  The Tommies fell in Saturday's opener, a 10-2 semifinal loss to St. Catherine University before suffering a tough 6-4 loss to Hamline University in the consolation final.  

St. Thomas was outhit in game one 15-7 in the six-inning loss.  After St. Kate's jumped out to an 8-1 lead after three innings, the Tommies just could not get anything going offensively, while the Wildcats notched four players with a multi-hit game, led by Kylie Macziewski's 3-for-4, two RBI performance.  

Chase Shortly and Megan Bush each had two hits for UST, but all 10 runs allowed by the Tommies were earned as they suffered their first loss of the tournament.  

The second game of the day began on a much more positive note, as the Tommies opened up a 3-0 lead after four innings. RBI singles from Brenna Walek and Elise Barnes helped the Purple grab the lead, but a three-run home run by Hamline's Sydney Fransiscus tied the game in the top of the fifth and gave the Pipers the momentum heading down the stretch.  

Hamline went on to score two more in the top of the sixth and one in the top of the seventh to take a 6-3 lead to the bottom of the final inning.  The Tommies were able to put one across to pull within a pair of runs, but it was as close as they would get in the 6-4 loss.  

St. Thomas held the edge offensively in the game, racking up 13 hits to Hamline's 12, but left 11 runners on base in the loss.  Barnes led the way with a 3-for-4 performance with a pair of RBI, while Melissa Barry, Dana Connelly, and Jenna Beeso all had two hits.  

The Tommies are now 34-9 on the season and are eliminated from the MIAC Playoffs.  They will await their NCAA Playoff fate on Monday when the field is announced at noon local time.