No. 6-ranked Tommie Softball and No. 21-ranked St. Ben's mixed it up in two good battles Wednesday afternoon at St. Thomas' South Field. The Purple lost 3-1 in game one but came back to take the nightcap, 5-4.
These were the first on-campus games of the season for the Tommies (15-3 overall, 3-1 MIAC). The Bennies (16-5, 3-2) split their second twinbill in as many days.
Junior pitcher Hayley Dunning (2-0) allowed no earned runs, eight hits and one walk in 8.2 innings on the day. Dunning started game two and pitched 4.2 innings, with freshman Kendall Hopkins getting the last seven outs for the save.
St. Ben's pulled within 5-4 in the last inning and had the tying and go-ahead runs aboard before a line out to second base ended the contest.
Tommie freshman Megan Baniecke (7-1) took her first pitching loss in game one.
Tommie senior Melissa Barry had four hits on the day -- moving to 190 career hits -- including a run-scoring triple in the victory. Barry went 3-for-3 in game two and now has 56 career multi-ht games.
The Tommies are scheduled to play MIAC doubleheaders Thursday at Hamline; Saturday at home against first-place St. Olaf; and Sunday at Gustavus.