Hayley Dunning allowed one run and three hits and won for the eighth consecutive start as No. 14-ranked Tommie Softball scored a 9-1 win Thursday in game one of an MIAC doubleheader in Plymouth, Minn. The game was halted by run rule in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI groundout that scored Chase Shortly.
Bethel scored four runs in the fourth inning of game two and held on for a 4-3 win for split. That ended UST's seven-game win streak.
Game one was tied 1-1 into the bottom of the fifth inning. Two-out walks to Shortly and Jenna Beeso and Dana Connelly's RBI single put the Toms ahead 2-1. Jenna Bromen walked to load the bases and Sammy Hogan ripped a three-run double for a 5-1 lead.
In game two, Dunning retired the first 10 Royals in order but allowed four runs and five hits to fall behind 4-0. A bloop hit just over the second baseman scored the third and fourth runs.
UST (11-5 overall, 1-1 MIAC) left seven on base in the nightcap.UST scored three runs in the fifth on Sortly's two-run triple and Dana Connelly's RBI single.
St. Thomas had a potential tying run called out in the sixth for leaving early on a steal attempt, and the next batter doubled to the gap. UST was unable to tie the game in the seventh after leading off with two infield hts. Bethel turned a 5-U-3 double play, then stranded the tying run on second when its center field caught a hard liner deep near the fence to end the game.
Isabelle Marketon retired all eight batters she faced in relief for UST.
Hannah Schmidt pitched 12 of the 13 innings on the night for Bethel (8-8, 1-1) and got the complete-game win in game two.