Softball splits with Macalester

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

ST. PAUL – The St. Thomas softball team split an Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at the MAC Softball Complex.  The Tommies dropped game one 5-2 before shutting out the Scots 8-0 in game two.  With the split, St. Thomas moves to 25-7 overall and 10-4 in the MIAC, while Macalester is now 18-14 overall and 6-8 in league play. 

Game 1 – St. Thomas 2, Macalester 5

The Scots came out to open game one's scoring.  After a scoreless one and a half innings, Julia Carpenter drew a walk with the bases loaded to score Nikki Caicedo and take the early 1-0 lead. 

St. Thomas answered in the top of the third to score a pair and take a 2-1 lead.  The Tommies scored both runs on a wild play that began with a fielding error by Macalester, which was then compounded by a second error on the throw, allowing Brenna Walek and Jenna Beeso to score. 

But the Tommie lead was short-lived, as the Scots responded with a run in the bottom of the third to tie the game once again.  Following a leadoff double down the left field line by Kaela Jackson, Morghan Bean shot an RBI single through the left side to score Jackson and tie the game. 

Macalester broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth with a similar script as the third.  Jackson led off with another double, and scored on another double from Bean.  She later came around to score on a Nikki Caicedo single up the middle to take a 4-2 lead.  

The Scots added one more in the bottom of the sixth, and the Tommies were only able to draw a pair of walks the rest of the way in the 5-2 loss.  

Jenna Beeso led the Tommies offensively in the game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.  The Scots outhit UST 10-6, thanks in large part to multi-hit games from G.G. Gunther (2-4), Kaela Jackson (3-4), and Morghan Bean (2-4).  The Tommies also led 12 runners on base. 

Isabelle Marketon was tagged with the loss in the circle for the Tommies, suffering the first blemish on her record in two and a third innings of work.  Bean tallied the win in a complete game performance. 

Game 2 – St. Thomas 8, Macalester 0

The Tommies jumped out to an early lead in game two and never looked back.  St. Thomas scored two runs in each of the first two innings and added another in the third on the way to a quick 5-0 lead. 

Chase Shortly singled to right with one out in the top of the opening frame to score Melissa Barry from second.  Shortly came around to score during the next at-bat, a single through the left side from Dana Connelly.  

In the second, Sammy Hogan singled to center to bring Megan Bush around from second to take a 3-0 lead.  After advancing to third on a passed ball, Hogan came in to score on a groundout to put the Purple up 4-0 and it didn't stop there.  

Megan Bush tripled to center to score Dana Connelly in the third and although they did not score in the fourth, the Tommies came around to score two more in the fifth when Bush brought in Keaira Caldarera and Brenna Walek came around to score on a Jenna Bromen RBI groundout. 

Although the Scots threatened in the bottom of the fifth, putting two runners in scoring position, the Tommie defense held strong, only to be backed up by the offense once again in the top of the sixth.  Dana Connelly kept her strong performance going with an RBI single up the middle to score Ellie Wachman to take an 8-0 lead. 

Macalester threatened again in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases with two outs, but a lineout ended the game early in an 8-0 win. 

The Tommies spread out 11 hits across six different players, including a 3-for-3 day from Megan Bush with two RBI and a 2-for-3 day with a pair of RBI from Dana Connelly.  

Sammy Hogan held the Scots to just four hits in her five innings of work to record her 11th win of the season.  Bean suffered the loss for the Scots, allowing four runs in two innings pitched. 

The Tommies will be back in action on Thursday, when they host Carleton in a rescheduled doubleheader from last weekend.  Game one is scheduled for a 3:30pm first pitch.