Softball drops two at Hamline

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

ST. PAUL - The St. Thomas softball team suffered a pair of losses at the hands of Hamline University on Sunday afternoon at Meredith Field.  The Tommies were shut out 6-0 in game one before being outscored 17-10 in game two.  

With the losses, UST drops to 20-6 overall and 7-3 in the MIAC, while the Pipers improve to 13-9 overall and 8-2 in league play. 

Game 1 - St. Thomas 0, Hamline 6

In Sunday's first game, the Tommies allowed just six hits, but surrendered three errors, which ld to two unearned runs on the way to a 6-0 loss.  The Pipers scored all six runs in the bottom of the third inning.  Delaney Kohler got things started with an RBI single.  She and Sabrina Warden each scored on separate wild pitches and the big inning was on.  

After putting up the big number in the third, the Hamline defense was stout the rest of the way.  Though the Tommies put two runners on with only one out in the top of the fourth, they could not put one across in what proved to be their best scoring opportunity for the remainder of the game.  

St. Thomas tallied five hits in the ball game, coming from five different players.  Warden led the way for the Pipers, going 2-for-4 from the plate. 

In the circle, Jessica Eppenberger suffered the loss in two innings of work, allowing two runs on two hits.  Casey Anderson went the distance for the Pipers, surrendering just five hits and one walk with four strikeouts. 

Game 2 - St. Thomas 10, Hamline 17

The Tommie offense came to life in the second game of the afternoon, scoring a run in each of the first five innings of the contest, but a six-run second and a nine-run fourth for the Pipers proved too much to overcome in the 17-10 loss. 

St. Thomas wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the top of the first.  Melissa Barry led off with a single to right field and came all the way around to score on an Elise Barnes triple to right field.  

Hamline came back to score one in the bottom of the first before the Tommies exploded to score four in the top of the second.  Megan Bush knocked an RBI double to left center and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly to left by Sammy Hogan.  Barry then singled and advanced on an error, allowing two runs to score to give UST a 5-1 lead. 

But the Pipers answered with six in the bottom half.  After putting the first four batters on to start the at-bat, Chelsea Koehn hit a grand slam to left to tie the game.  Two batters later, Aubree Douglas hit a two-run shot to center to take a 7-5 lead. 

Bush came up big again in the top of the third for St. Thomas with a two-run single to center to tie the game, but the Pipers came back with another run in the bottom to take the lead back, 8-7.  

The Purple continued to produce in the top of the fourth.  An RBI-double by Chase Shortly and an RBI-single from Brenna Walek gave the Tommies a 9-8 lead, but the wheels came off in the bottom of of the fourth.  The Pipers went on to score nine runs in the inning, capped off by another grand slam, this time by Casey Anderson. 

From there, the Tommies would not recover.  Although they scored once more in the top of the fifth, the deficit was too much to overcome in the seven-run loss. 

Melissa Barry led the charge for the Tommies in game two, going a near-perfect 4-for-5 and scoring three funs.  Brenna Walek, Dana Connelly, and Megan Bush all had two hits, led by Bush's three RBI.  Each of Hamline's top six batters in the order had a multi-hit game, and Delaney Kohler was a seventh player with a 4-for-4 game from the plate as the Pipers racked up 20 hits to 13 for St. Thomas. 

Eppenberger was tagged with the loss again in game two after entering the game in relief of starting pitcher Sammy Hogan.  Sarah DeMars was awarded the win for the Pipers. 

The Tommies will be back in action again on Thursday when they travel to Moorhead, Minn., to take on Concordia.  That doubleheader is scheduled to start at 4:00 pm.