A pair of one-hit shutout victories by Tommie Softball hurlers highlighted two Thursday victories to close out the eight-game trip to Clermont, Fla.
The No. 4-ranked Tommies (12-2) capped a 6-2 week in Florida they scored a 3-0 win over UW-Stout and a 8-0 win in six innings over Oberlin (Ohio).
Tommie pitchers had 38 strikeouts and just seven walks over 51 innings with nine earned runs allowed in the eight Florida games.
St. Thomas plays Hamline Saturday in the MIAC opening doubleheader. The game was moved from Hamline to St. Thomas' South Field with a 1 p.m. start.
Elise Barnes and Kristin McGonigal each had three hits to lead a 13-hit attack and Tommie Softball scored a 7-4 win over UW-River Falls Tuesday in Clermont, Fla. Megan Baniecke allowed three runs in 3 2-3 innings and got the pitching win.
The Tommies (10-2) lost the first game of the day 1-0 to MIT as they managed just two hits and no other baserunners. The Toms got the tying run on base when Melissa Barry singled with one out in the seventh. The next two batters reached 3-2 counts but both made outs to close the game.
Caitlin Catino's solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning let No. 9-ranked UW-Whitewater score a 1-0 win over No. 3-ranked St. Thomas in non-conference softball Sunday in Clermont, Fla.
St. Thomas had five hits and left eight runners on base. Kierstin Anderson-Glass allowed one run, four hits and no walks but took the loss.
The Tommies (9-1) bounced back wih a 6-1 defeat of Franklin (Ind.) in their second game of the day.
Melissa Barry had a 4-for-4 game with two RBI; Elise Barnes had a two-run double; and Chase Shortly had a 2-for-4 game. Freshman Megan Baniecke allowed one run with no walks in five innings to get the win against Franklin.
Baniecke and Anderson-Glass have a combined 0.81 ERA over 52 innings this season.
St. Thomas is off Monday and plays two on Tuesday.