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Graham slam: Baseball gets tough road sweep

Graham slam: Baseball gets tough road sweep

Sophomore lefty Graham Laubscher allowed no earned runs in his first career nine-inning complete-game victory as Tommie Baseball scored a 3-1 win over Bethel to cap Sunday's road doubleheader sweep in conference play in Arden Hills.

St. Thomas won the opener 6-4, with sophomore transfer Andrew Tri getting his first save.

Ryan Lust, Dan Bollingberg and Kyle Halverson combined for 11 hits and seven RBI in the sweep for the Tommies (10-3 overall, 2-0 MIAC).

Halverson went 2-for-4 in each game -- his fifth consecutive 2-for-4 game -- and has now hit safely in all 13 games this season.

Lust hit a two-run homer and drove in a last-inning insurance run in the opener. He scored an insurance run in the ninth inning of game two with a single, stolen base, a ground out, and Adam Krajewski's two-out single.

In game two, Laubscher (3-3 on his young career) spun a five-hitter and fanned six. He retired the final seven Bethel batters, including the last four looking at strike three. Bethel's lone run was unearned to tie the score 1-1 in the third inning. Outfielder Evan Kolker gunned down a runner at home to help the game stay tied in the third.

In the opener, senior lefty Henry DeCaster (3-0) started and worked 4.1 innings and got the win. Tri recorded the final eight outs and in the process stranded a total of five runners in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

St. Thomas opens its home season Wednesday with two MIAC games against Macalester.

 

Softball

No. 4-ranked Tommie Softball scored a pair of 10-2 victories in six innings over the host Bethel Royals in Sunday's MIAC openers in Arden Hills.

Chase Shortly had four hits and six RBI in the sweep for St. Thomas (14-2 overall, 2-0 MIAC). Melissa Barry also had four hits.

Bethel (15-3, 0-2) was held to eight hits and three earned runs on the day.

Kierstin Anderson-Glass struck out eight and allowed one earned run in a six-inning, complete-game win.

Freshman Megan Baniecke allowed two runs and five hits for a complete-game win over six innings in game two.

St. Thomas opens its home season Wednesday with two MIAC games against St. Ben's.