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Softball sweeps, moves alone into second place

Softball sweeps, moves alone into second place

Tommie Softball was explosive, then efficient in a Saturday home MIAC sweep of St. Olaf.

A nine-run first inning propelled St. Thomas to an 11-3 win in game one, halted after five innings.

The Tommies were no hit over their six innings of offense in game two, but four walks in the first inning and Kierstin Anderson-Glass' shutout let the hosts win 1-0 for a sweep.

The No. 6-ranked Tommies (18-4 overall, 6-2 MIAC) sits just behind St. Catherine (5-1) atop the conference race.

In the opener, Elise Barnes' grand slam capped a nine-run first after the Oles had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the inning. Freshman Kendall Hopkins came on to pitch in the second inning and worked the final three-plus innings for her first collegiate mound win.

St. Olaf's Julie Graf retired the final 16 Tommie batters but a bases-loaded walk she issued to Sam Birling gave the Toms a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Anderson-Glass scattered five hits, walked none and struck out two. The junior retired the last eight batters for her fourth shutout of the season. 

Barnes, Melissa Brry and Chase Shortly each had two hits in the opener. Barnes reached bases in her first five at-bats on the day and scored three runs.