Junior Kierstin Anderson-Glass threw a three-hitter and won as a starter for the 15th time in a row as No. 3-ranked St. Thomas won the NCAA regional title with Saturday's 6-1 victory over No. 25-ranked UW-Eau Claire at South Field.
The Tommies (41-5), who have won 26 of their last 27 games, will advance to next weekend's best-of-three Super Regional tournament, the program's fourth year in a row among the final 16. They will face the winner of the Central (Iowa) regional to be finished Sunday, with that May 17-18 site will be announced Sunday night.
St. Thomas is 6-0 so far in the postseason over a nine-day span, all at home, and has outscored opponents 21-1 over 44 innings.
Anderson-Glass was voted Most Outstanding Player of the tournament after receiving a similar award last weekend after the conference playoffs. She was joined on the 10-player all-tournament team by teammates Dana Connelly, Melissa Barry and Elise Barnes.
The junior took a one-hitter into the seventh inning on Saturday, but back-to-back doubles ended her scoreless streak on the mound at 48 consecutive innings. She retired 14 in a row during a mid-game span and finished with three strikeouts and one walk.
Since April 6, Anderson-Glass is 18-0 with an 0.32 ERA and 69 strikeouts and just eight walks.
Nine different players had either a run or an RBI, and eight had at least one hit led by two apiece from Barry and McGonigal.
St. Paul Softball Regional/All-Tournament Team
Kayla Madison (SO)
Kailee O'Brien (SR)
Maddie Rog (SO)
Mikayla McEnery (SO)
Sarah Peka (JR)
Cheyenne Johnson (JR)
Melissa Barry (SR)
Elise Barnes (JR)
Dana Connelly (SR)
Kierstin Anderson-Glass (JR) (Most Outstanding Player)