No. 7-ranked Tommie Softball had late leads get away in the seventh and eighth innings yet persevered and won 6-5 in nine innings in Saturday's game one at second-place St. Catherine. That let the Tommies claim the MIAC team crown for the 15th time in the 18-year John Tschida era.
St. Catherine won game two 10-9 to end UST's winning streak at 19.
The Tommies (30-6 overall, 20-2 MIAC) two MIAC losses both came by one run. This makes it 18 times in 18 seasons under Tschida that St. Thomas Softball reached 30 wins in a season. The Toms also take the top seed for next weekend's MIAC playoffs, and locked up the right to host the final four teams Friday through Sunday at UST's South Field.
Senior Sammy Hogan pitched the last 8 2-3 innings and allowed three runs. She gave up a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game 4-4. UST took a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth but that lead didn't hold. UST sent the game to the ninth inning with defense in the bottom of the eighth. Ater a tying single by SCU, the Toms gunned down the potential winning run 8-3-2 trying to score from first base. In the ninth, St. Thomas put one run across on a bases-loaded ground out and the Wildcats went down 1-2-3.