Thursday Wrap: Softball sweeps, Baseball 1-1

Thursday Wrap: Softball sweeps, Baseball 1-1

St. Thomas opened spring-break competition Saturday in Florida (baseball and softball) and Arizona (women's golf). Tennis play began Sunday in Hilton Head. S.C.



St. Thomas (11-3) closed out its spring-break trip with two Thursday victories. The Tommies won 11-0 over Allegheny (Pa.) in five innings, and topped UW-Whitewater 10-2. Whitewater came in 9-1 on the season.

Elise Barnes and Jenna Bromen each hit two run-run home runs, and Megan Bush had a two-run double in an eight-run third inning for UST against Whitewater. Bromen added a solo home run.

Coach John Tschida's team closed with a 7-1 record in Florida. The Toms are scheduled to open their home season March 30 with two games against 15-3 UW-La Crosse.

St. Thomas' lone Florida loss was 5-0 to ranked Linfield (Ore.). In all eight games it outscored opponents 55-13.



For the second day in a row, St. Thomas has dropped a 3-2 decision in Florida, this time to UW-Oshkosh. The Toms were unable to capitalize on a one-out, bases-loaded opportunity in the fifth inning with an inning-ending double play grounder, and stranded the tying run at second base in both the eighth and ninth innings.

UST starter Ryan Zimmerman struck out nine and walked just one over eight innings but took the loss.

Zach Gottfredsen, Sam Cobbs, Jake Smith and Josh Sharp each had two hits for UST.

St. Thomas closed out a 7-5 win over UW-Stevens Point in a suspended game from Feb. 28. UST led 7-3 with one inning to play whent jhe game was halted by time limit in U.S. Bank Stadium. The Pointers used three walks and a throwing error to cut the deficit to two runs in the top of the seventh, but Mitch Maurer came on in relief and got a game-ending strikeout. Henry DeCaster worked five innings and got the pitching victory.

The Toms will play an exhibition game Friday against the Minnesota Twins Rookie team. They resume play with a home doubleheader March 30 against UW-Stout.



St. Thomas (9-3) won both Wednesday games with good pitching and defense and moved to 5-1 on its spring trip. The Toms edged Carthage (Wis.), 2-1, and shut out Hendrix (Ark.), 4-0.

Jessica Eppenberger and Sammy Hogan combined to limit Carthage to four hits and retire 13 of the last 14 batters. Brenna Walek's two-out bases-loaded single broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning. Melissa Barry singled, stole second and third and scored on Chase Shortly's sac fly for the first run.

In the win over Hendrix, Hogan and Eppenberger combined on a six-hit shutout. Walek's twp-run double led a three-run sixth inning.



St. Thomas was outhit 9-5 in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Babson (Mass.). Sam Cobbs and Hunter Hart each had two hits for UST (4-7). Cobbs scored on a passed ball in the second inning, and Hart had an RBI single in the eighth.

UST senior starter Caleb Fernholz allowed two earned runs in six innings. Drew Molin had three shutout innings.

The Toms play Thursday against UW-Oshkosh.



A five-run seven inning lifted Wash & Jeff (Pa,) to an 11-6 victory over St. Thomas in Tuesday's non-conference game in Winter Haven, Fla.

Sam Schneider, Sam Cobbs and Jake Smith each had two hits to lead a nine-hit attack for the Tommies (4-6). UST erased a 6-1 deficit to tie the game through six innings.

Wash & Jeff, which pounded 13 hits off five USt pitchers, improved to 6-2.

The Tommies play Babson on Wednesday.



Senior Mitch Larson (eight innings) and Mitch Maurer (one inning) combined on a shutout as the Tommies (4-5) scored a 9-0 win Monday over Benedictine (Ill.) in Auburndale, Fla.

Larson allowed seven hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.

Jake Smith led a 13-hit attack and he recorded two triples in a three-hit, three-run day at the plate. Zach Gottfredsen, Ben Carpenter and Smith each went 3-for-5 in the first three spots atop the lineup. Freshman Sam Schneider added two hits.

The Toms play Wash and Jeff on Tuesday.

In eight starts ths season by Larson, Ryan Zimmerman and Henry DeCaster, that trio has worked 48.1 innings and has a combined 2.23 earned-run average with 57 strikeouts and only 12 walks.



St. Thomas scored an 8-0, five-inning win over UW-Stevens Point on Monday morning. The Toms (7-3) also fell 5-0 to No. 9-ranked Linfield (Ore.) to drop to 3-1 on the spring trip.



The Tommies (6-2) scored a 4-3 win in eight innings over a 12-win Northwestern (Ohio) team Sunday to move to 2-0 in Clermont, Fla.

UST scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning. A runner started on second to start the inning via the international tie-break rule for tournaments. That UST runner was bunted to third before coming home on a wild pitch. Sammy Hogan had a complete-game pitching win for the Tommies.

Chase Shortly had her second consecutive 3-for-3 day.



St. Thomas sophomore lefty Henry DeCaster had another strong start with just one run allowed in eight innings, but the Tommie offense couldn't break though in Sunday's 4-1, 11-inning loss to Southern Maine in Winter Haven, Fla.

UST left 10 runners on base, including one in scoring position in the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th innings.

Southern broke a 0-0 tie with a sac fly in the top of the eighth. Hunter Hart's RBI ground out tied the game in the bottom of the eighth.

DeCaster allowed six hits and one walk with nine strikeouts.

Drew Molin retired the first six batters he faced in relief and stranded two runners in the ninth inning. With two out in the 11th, USM hit four consecutive singles for the three-run lead.




St. Thomas (3-4) split a twinbill with Wheaton (Mass.), losing 11-1 and rallying to win 11-4 in game two.

Junior Ryan Zimmerman allowed one earned run in six innings and struck out 10 to pick up his second victory in three starts. Hunter Hart stroked a two-run homer and joined Sam Cobbs and freshman Josh Thorp with three hits each to lead a 16-hit UST attack. UST trailed 4-0 in the first inning but tied the game by the fourth inning and pulled away in the final two at bats.

Hart drove in UST's lone run in game one with a first-inning single. The Toms had just five hits and no other baserunners.

The Toms play a single game Sunday morning against Southern Maine.



St. Thomas (5-2) needed just five innings to defeat UW-Stevens Point, 16-2, Saturday in its first softball game on its trip to Clermont, Fla.

Chase Shortly went 3-for-3 while seven other Toms had two hits. Jenna Beeso and Megan Bush each drove in three runs.

UST will face Northwestern (Ohio) Sunday at 4:30 p.m.