Junior Kierstin Anderson-Glass threw a four-hit shutout to get her 50th career win and No. 4-ranked Tommie Softball scored the game's only runs in the fifth and sixth innings in Saturday's 3-0 win over Hamline in the winners' bracket at the MIAC Playoffs at South Field.
St. Thomas (37-5), which has won 22 of its last 23 games, plays Sunday in the championship round at 11 a.m., against Hamline (25-16). If the Pipers win, a 1:30 rematch is set for the playoff crown.
On Saturday afternoon, Hamline eliminated St. Olaf, 5-0, after the Oles had sidelined St. Catherine.
Elise Barnes had two hits and scored the game's second run for the Purple. The Toms are 30-1 this season in games when Barnes scores a run. She has hit safely in 11 consecutive games and has reached base in 23 consecutive games.
Anderson-Glass posted a 30-5 record as a freshman in 2016. She sat out the last two seasons while recovering from a concussion. She's 20-3 this season and has won her last 11 starts. Over her last 47 innings of pitching, Anderson-Glass has walked just one batter and struck out 40.