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Softball ends season with 11-inning loss at NCAAs

Softball ends season with 11-inning loss at NCAAs

Mara Kipnis' one-out bases-loaded single on a 3-2 pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning let Williams College walk-off No. 3-ranked St. Thomas in Friday's first elimination game at the NCAA tournament finals in Tyler, Tex. The Ephs (39-7) closed out a comeback 3-2 victory to stay alive in the losers' bracket.

St. Thomas (43-7) had nine hits off two Williams' pitchers, but struggled to score runs for the second day in a row. The Toms took two one-run losses to end their season, and five of their seven defeats in 2019 came by one run.

The Tommies left 10 runners on base in Friday's game, including leaving the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth innings.

Junior pitcher Kierstin Anderson-Glass (26-5) battled into the 11th inning with 140-plus pitches on a warm, humid day. She walked the leadoff batter in the Williams' 11th inning, and went to a 3-0 count on the second batter before she was relieved by freshman Kendall Novak.

That batter eventually walked, and after a sac bunt moved the runners up, a third batter walked to load the bases with one out. Senior Izzy Marketon relieved and worked a 3-2 count before allowing the line-drive single to plate the game-winning run.

Anderson-Glass struck out five and walked four and shut down a few Williams' scoring threats. She allowed a solo home run in the third inning and a two-out RBI single in the fifth.

In Thursday's 2-1 loss to Eastern Connecticut State, St. Thomas scored one run in the first inning but was shut out the final six innings. On Friday, St. Thomas scored two runs in the first inning but then was held scoreless the next 10 innings.

Junior Elise Barnes' RBI infield hit and senior Chase Shortly's RBI squeeze bunt brought home the Friday runs.

Senior Jenna Bromen missed a home run by inches deep to center in the seventh inning and settled for a leadoff double, but was later stranded at third base.

Barnes and Bromen each had two hits.

Coach John Tschida had 13 seniors close out their careers this week in Texas.