Busy season kicks in for eight spring teams

Busy season kicks in for eight spring teams

It's exactly 30 days until graduation weekend at St. Thomas. That short window will be filled with flurry of competitions for the eight Tommie varsity spring sports teams.

Starting with today's home softball and road baseball games, St. Thomas athletes are scheduled to compete on 17 of the next 18 days.

Over the next 18 days, six diamond doubleheaders will be held on campus (four baseball, two softball). Tennis and track and field have several competitions nearby in St. Paul.

Here's a quick look at each UST team's upcoming schedule and outlook:

 

Women's Track and Field

St. Thomas is preparing for the May 12-13 MIAC Championships at Hamline, and will look to send some athletes to the May 25-27 NCAA Championships in Geneva, Ohio. The Toms' next competition is Friday at the St. Olaf Invite. They will send some athletes to the April 28-29 Drake Relays in Des Moines. The annual Tommie Twilight meet will move to Concordia University's track four miles east for 2017 and be held Wed. May 3. On the MIAC outdoor season-best lists, the Toms have two top-five relay times and 19 other top-5 performances.

 

Men's Track and Field

St. Thomas is preparing for the May 12-13 MIAC Championships at Hamline. and look to send a few athletes the May 25-27 NCAA Championships in Geneva, Ohio. The Toms' next competition is Saturday at the Carleton Relays, with select individuals competing at the University of South Florida Invite. UST will send some athletes to the April 28-29 Drake Relays in Des Moines. The annual Tommie Twilight meet will move to Concordia University's track four miles east for 2017 and be held Wed. May 3. On the MIAC outdoor season-best lists, the Toms have two top-three relay times and 23 other top-5 performances.

 

Softball

St. Thomas (25-7 overall, 10-4 MIAC) is scheduled to play three doubleheaders in the next four days, all in the conference. Thursday's opponent is Carleton; Saturday's road opponent is Gustavus; Sunday's home foe is first-place St. Ben's. Coach John Tschida's Tommies sit in third place as they look to secure a conference playoff berth (top-four finish) for the 14th time in the 14-year history of the event, and continue the program's long stretch of 30-win seasons. The MIAC playoffs start Friday May 5.

 

Baseball

Conference co-leader St. Thomas (15-10 overall, 8-2 MIAC) is scheduled to play three doubleheaders in the next six days. Thursday's road opponent is UW-La Crosse; Saturday's road foe is Carleton; MIAC contender St. John's comes to UST next Tuesday. Coach Chris Olean's team has won 10 of its last 12 games. The Tommies are attempting to secure a conference playoff berth (top-four finish) for the 18th time in the 18-year history of the event. The MIAC playoffs start Thursday May 11.

 

Men's Tennis

St. Thomas (10-1) is scheduled to play three matches in the next four days, all in St. Paul. Saturday's opponents are Northwestern-St. Paul and Macalester, both at Macalester; Sunday's home foe at St. Thomas Academy's courts is Bethel. Coach Terry Peck's Tommies are chasing another top-three conference finish. The MIAC playoffs start Friday May 5.

 

Women's Tennis

St. Thomas (14-0) is preparing for two huge matches April 29-30, both at St. Thomas Academy's courts, against Carleton and Gustavus. Carleton and Gustavus play Saturday in Northfield. Last year, Carleton, Gustavus and UST shared th MIAC crown with one loss apiece. Coach Terry Peck's Tommies are chasing another top-three conference finish. The MIAC playoffs start Friday May 5.

 

Men's Golf

St. Thomas is scheduled to play at Gustavus' tournament this Sunday and Monday, then play April 29-30 at the St. John's tournament. Coach Scott Proshek's Tommies also will participate in a team/alumni fundraiser May 1. If the Toms qualify an individual or team to nationals, that competition starts May 16 in Florida.

 

Women's Golf

St. Thomas is scheduled to play in a Victoria, Minn., tournament this Saturday and Sunday, then play April 29-30 at the Carleton tournament in Hastings. Coach Sara Evens' Tommies are trying to impove their chance to qualify an individual or the team to nationals, a competition that starts May 9 in Houston.