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2019 Softball tops Division III in fielding percentage

Sports Information photo by Taylor Casey
Sports Information photo by Taylor Casey


NCAA D-III stats


St. Thomas Softball had another highly successful season in 2019 as it surpassed 40 wins; swept the conference and regional crowns; and reached the eight-team national tournament. 

Coach John Tschida's team received one more notable awards plaque: It led Division III in fielding percentage last season at .981 with just 28 errors in 50 games. The Toms also tied for fourth nationally in double plays with 23.

St. Thomas has won 50 of its last 54 games dating back to 2018 in games when it has no errors.

Top individuals included:

  • All-America Melissa Barry had only two errors in 188 defensive chances at second base.
  • All-Region Chase Shortly had only four errors in 317 chances at catcher and first base.
  • Rachel Suter had only five errors in 173 chances at shortstop.
  • Jenna Bromen had only two errors in 210 chances at catcher.
  • Megan Baniecke had no errors in 91 chances.

Led by junior All-America pitcher Kierstin Anderson-Glass, the Tommies ranked tied for third nationally in ERA at 1.42, and second in shutouts with 20.

Anderson-Glass' pitching and her team's tight defense led the Tommies to an 8-0 postseason run through the MIAC tournament, the NCAA's opening round and Super Regional. All eight wins were recorded on their home diamond.

St. Thomas (43-7) went on to lose two one-run games at nationals and tied for seventh place nationally.