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No-Hitter fuels Softball home sweep

No-Hitter fuels Softball home sweep

Sophomore Hayley Dunning threw a seven-inning no-hitter Sunday to lead No. 7-ranked St. Thomas Softball to a 3-0 victory over UW-Stout in the opener of a doubleheader at South Field. The Toms won game two 7-1 for the sweep.

St. Thomas has recorded nearly 20 five-inning no-hitters in the last dozen years, but this was the first seven-inning no-hitter by a Tommie pitcher in 13 seasons. Janet Nagel no-hit Salisbury in the 2005 NCAA World Series in a 5-0 win in May 2005.

Dunning (20-2) allowed just one base runner, via a third-inning walk, and struck out two. She benefitted from some strong defense. Melissa Barry caught a third-inning liner at second base; Chase Shortly snared a hard-hit liner at first base to end the sixth inning; and Rachel Suter's diving catch in short left field got the first out of the seventh inning.

Shortly and Jenna Bromen each had two hits and an RBI in the victory for St. Thomas (32-6), which has won 31 of its last 34 games.

Dunning worked five innings to get the pitching win in game two with no earned runs allowed. Stout (21-8) took a 1-0 lead to start game two but the Toms took the lead for good in the bottom of the first inning.

In game two, Shortly drove in three runs. Barry, Elise Barnes went 3-for-3 and scored twice, and Barry and Suter each went 2-for-2 and scored twice. 

The Tommies will host the MIAC playoffs next Friday, Saturday and Sunday at South Field as the top seed.