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Softball collects first MIAC sweep over Concordia

Softball collects first MIAC sweep over Concordia

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The St. Thomas softball team collected its first MIAC doubleheader sweep of the season on Tuesday afternoon, when it captured a pair of wins over Concordia College at Jake Christiansen Stadium.  The Tommies defeated the Cobbers 8-0 in the first game before capturing a 7-0 win in game two.  With today's results, UST improves to 20-4 overall and 4-2 in the MIAC.

Game 1 – St. Thomas 8, Concordia 0

The two teams played to a scoreless tie through the first three innings of the first game on Tuesday before the Tommies got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth.  Bianca Peterson led off the inning with a single down the left field line before moving up to second on a sacrifice from Katie Jo Delisle.  Peterson then stole third and forced an error by the Concordia third baseman to give her team a 1-0 lead.

The run was the only scored in the fourth inning, but spurred UST on to score a combined seven runs over the next two innings to capture the 8-0 win in six innings.  The Tommies scored three runs in the top of the fifth thanks to a pair of home runs before scoring four runs in the top of the sixth on the way to the eight-run win.

St. Thomas outhit the Cobbers 11-1 in the game, as senior Kendra Bowe shut down the Concordia offense with nine strikeouts in the shut out win.  Offensively, seven Tommies recorded hits in the win, led by Annie Boyer, who went 3-for-3 in the ball game with a pair of runs scored, while Brooke Pantila and Kendra Bowe each recorded a pair of RBI.

Game 2 – St. Thomas 7, Concordia 0

In the second game, St. Thomas jumped out to an early 5-0 lead through the first three innings before taking a 7-0 win.  Megan Dupuis scored on an error in the first inning before McKenzie Wergin poked an RBI single down the right field line to score Mecaela Trainor. 

In the third inning, Allison Rice launched a three-run home run to bring around Annie Boyer and Katie Jo Delisle and give UST the 5-0 lead. 

From there, the Tommies scored two more runs in the top of the fifth, thanks to a two-run single from Trainor to secure the 7-0 win, as St. Thomas kept the clamps on the Concordia offense for the remainder of the afternoon. 

Delisle and Morgan Murphy combined to hold the Cobbers to just five hits and no runs in the win, as the Tommies held the advantage in hits again in the second game, this time by the count of 11-5.  Trainor led the way offensively for the purple in game two.  She went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Rice was 1-for-2 with the home run and three RBI.

St. Thomas will be back in action on Thursday, April 2 when it travels down Snelling Avenue to take on Hamline for a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m.