Softball win streak hits 11 wih Sunday Ws

Softball win streak hits 11 wih Sunday Ws

ST. PAUL - No. 25-ranked St. Thomas Softball had 18 hits and scored 11 of its 13 runs after two were out en route to Sunday's 5-2, 8-0 home sweep of Augsburg at South Field.

The Tommies (17-3 overall, 4-0 MIAC) extended its win streak to 11 games.

Augsburg scored twice in the first inning of the opener then was shut down over its next 11 at bats.

Game 1 – St. Thomas 5, Augsburg 2

Augsburg jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning of game one on Sunday afternoon.  Carly Dropik singled to lead off the game and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Brianna Cline followed with a walk and both scored later in the inning to take the 2-0 lead. 

After two scoreless innings, the Tommies responded with three runs in the bottom of the third.  Rachel Suter and Melissa Barry both singled to put runners on first and second with two outs in the inning.  Sophomore Chase Shortly came through with a three-run homer to put the Purple on top 3-2. 

St. Thomas added two more in the bottom of the fifth.  Elise Barnes sparked the offense with a solo home run to lead off the inning.  Her first career home run gave the Tommies a 4-2 lead. 

Four batters later, Jenna Beeso punched an RBI single to center field to score Kristin McGonigal from third and give St. Thomas the final insurance run it needed for the 5-2 win.

Sammy Hogan recorded her seventh win of the season in the circle.  She allowed the two runs in the first, but spread out four hits and struck out five in the victory.  Samantha Anderson suffered the loss for Augsburg, surrendering five runs and seven hits to seven different St. Thomas hitters.

Game 2 – St. Thomas 8, Augsburg 0

After a scoreless two and a half innings to open game two, the Tommies broke out for three runs in the bottom of the third and five in the fourth, while holding the Auggies scoreless to head home early after just five innings.

In the third, RBI singles from Shortly, Beeso, and Brenna Walek, each with two outs in the inning, gave the Tommies a 3-0 lead headed to the fourth.

St. Thomas did its damage with two outs again in the fourth.  Barnes tripled to score Keaira Caldarara from second, but was thrown out at home on the next play for the second out of the inning. 

From there, three straight hits added the needed insurance for UST to close it out early.  Back-to-back RBI singles from Shortly and Beeso gave the Tommies a 6-0 lead before a two-run double from Walek capped the scoring at 8-0. 

In the circle, Jessica Eppenberger collected her 10th win of the year, surrendering four hits in four innings of work.  Anderson suffered the loss for Augsburg once again.

Walek led the way for the Tommie offense, notching three hits in three at-bats and three RBI.  Shortly and Beeso both went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI.

The Tommies will be back in action again on Wednesday when they host St. Catherine for a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 pm.