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Softball hosts three-day MIAC Playoffs

Softball hosts three-day MIAC Playoffs

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MIAC news release

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St. Thomas plays host to the four-team double-elimination MIAC Softball Playoffs, Friday through Sunday May 3-5 at South Field on the Toms' St. Paul campus.

Daily admission charge is $10 for adults and $2 for students (age 5 and under free). MIAC passes are accepted. Fans should note that no pets are allowed.

There will be two games Friday: top-seed St. Thomas plays host to fourth-seed St. Olaf at 2:30 p.m., and second-seed St. Catherine faces third-seed Hamline at 5 p.m.

There are three games on Saturday; and one or two games on Sunday to determine the champion.

The winner gets an automatic berth into the NCAA playoffs. 

Here's a quick look at each team:

St. Thomas (No. 1 seed, 35-5/19-3 MIAC)

  • No. 4 NCAA ranking, No. 1 regional ranking
  • 16th MIAC playoff appearance in 16-year history of event
  • Head coach John Tschida has 758-137 record in 19th season with Tommies
  • Team has won 20 of its last 21 games
  • Team's .978 field clip ranks second best in Division III (18 double plays)
  • Its 13-player senior class is 154-32 in its era
  • Junior RHP Kierstin Anderson-Glass was 2016 Playoffs MVP; has 12-to-1 career K-to-walk ratio
  • Junior 3B Elise Barnes was 2018 Playoffs MVP; 155 hits, 140 runs, 20 HRs in 134 career games
  • Senior Melissa Barry has 219 hits, 150 runs, .410 BA, 71 SBs in 171 games 
  • Senior Chase Shortly has 196 hits, 147 RBI, 117 runs, .376 BA, school-record 62 doubles in 177 games
  • Senior Dana Connelly has 171 hits, 104 RBI, .358 BA, 40 doubles and four errors in 170 games 

 

St. Catherine (No. 2 seed, 26-12/16-6 MIAC)

  • No. 8 NCAA Region
  • Fifth MIAC playoff appearance in last seven years (2017 champs)
  • Head coach Colleen Powers in sixth season, led 20-win improvement from first to second SCU season
  • Senior class is 124-52 in its era
  • Had won 21 of last 27 games before losing 4-2 and 9-3 here to St. Thomas
  • Team batting .320 with 112 walks in 38 games
  • Freshman Alex Ehde .406 BA, 56 hits, 31 RBI, 29 runs, 12 doubles
  • Senior Jenna George .339, league-best 26 walks, five HR
  • Senior Anna Hinderaker .365 BA< 42 hits, 31 runs, six triples
  • Junior Amber Montero .323 BA, 43 hits, 29 RBI, 28 runs
  • Freshman Annabelle Schutte (13-4) and soph Kathryn Proper (13-8) share mound starts

 

Hamline (No. 3 seed, 23-15/16-6 MIAC)

  • 11th MIAC playoff appearance, fourth in last five years (2017 runner-up)
  • Has won 11 of its last 12 games to reach playoffs
  • Head coach Jim Rubbelke has led the Pipers to 256 wins in his 12 seasons
  • Current two-player senior class is 89-66 in its era
  • Has turned league-best 20 double plays, .962 field clip
  • Team has drawn 103 walks. bats .272
  • Split doubleheaders with all three fellow playoff teams
  • Senior Delaney Kohler .387 BA, 46 hits, 27 runs, .588 slug
  • Soph Megan Rubbelke .361 BA, 43 hits
  • Freshman Anna O'Connor .277 BA, 15 SBs, 33 hits, 18 walks
  • Junior Kira Krueger .300 BA< 33 hits, 11 doubles, 3 HRs
  • Soph pitcher Alex Malloy 17-7, 1.76 ERA

 

St. Olaf (No. 4 seed, 26-12/16-6 MIAC)

  • Fourth MIAC playoff appearance, second in a row
  • Has won 12 of its last 14 games to reach playoffs
  • Has limited its opponents to two or less runs in 21 games 
  • Head coach Kayla Hatting has led the Oles to 75 wins in her three seasons
  • Has solid .960 field clip, and just three HRs allowed by its pitchers
  • Team leads MIAC with 37 sacrifices
  • Junior pitcher Julie Graf has 303 strikeouts and 93 walks in 153 innings; plus four no-hitters and three one-hitters
  • A 10-time MIAC Pitcher of the Week, Graf no-hit St. Thomas on road in April but issued four walks in first inning and lost 1-0
  • Senior Emily Carr league-best 19 doubles, .372 BA, 42 hits, 3 HR, 26 RBI
  • Soph Ally Bode .323 BA 30 hits, 14 SBs
  • Soph Abby Grismer .294 BA, 30 hits