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Softball falls 2-1 in opener at NCAA finals

Softball falls 2-1 in opener at NCAA finals


Live video May 23 game


St. Thomas Softball managed just three hits and lost to Eastern Connecticut State 2-1 in Thursday's opening game of the eight-team NCAA Championships in Tyler, Texas.

The No. 3-ranked Tommies (43-6) had a 10-game winning streak halted, while the Warriors (35-11) ran their win streak to 10.

The Tommies will play an elimination game in the double-elimination tournament on Friday at 11 a.m. against Williams (Mass.), which lost 7-1 to Texas Lutheran.

Elise Barnes drove in the game's first run with a first-inning single to score Kristin McGonigal, who had walked and stole second.

Eastern scored two runs in the third inning with two infield singles, followed by a two-out single by Alexis Tyrrell.

The Warriors' Morgan Bolduk (21-1) allowed just one walk and three singles, and retired 15 in a row from the second through the sixth innings.

The Tommies stranded three runners in scoring position -- in the first, second and seventh innings. Chase Shortly's leadoff single in the seventh put the tying run on. Pinch runner Marina O'Leary was bunted to second, took third on a ground out, but a game-ending grounder closed out the Eastern victory.

Kierstin Anderson-Glass (26-4) allowed seven hits with nine strikeouts and no walks but lost her first start since April 15.