SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The 2019 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Softball Playoffs got underway Friday afternoon on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. The top-seeded Tommies defeated No. 4 seed St. Olaf, 1-0, in the opening contest and No. 3 seed Hamline topped No. 2 St. Catherine, 7-0, in the day's second game.
NO. 1 ST. THOMAS 1, NO. 4 ST. OLAF 0 | BOX SCORE | PHOTOS |
In a pitching duel between two of the top arms in NCAA Division III, St. Thomas held off a late scare to defeat St. Olaf, 1-0. UST infielder Elise Barnes accounted for the only scoring in the game, crossing home plate on a wild pitch after knocking a two-out triple to the right-center gap in the third inning. It was the only run allowed by Ole pitcher Julie Graf, who gave up four hits and struck out four on the day. Kierstin Anderson-Glass tossed a four-hitter of her own with a pair of strikeouts for the Tommies. Anderson-Glass made the play of the day with one out and the go-ahead runners at second and third base in the seventh inning, catching Abby Grismer's hard liner and turning a game-ending double-play by tossing out the runner at third. With the win, the Tommies will host No. 3 seed Hamline in Saturday's 11:00 a.m. contest. The winner of that game will rest until Sunday morning, while the loser will have to stave off elimination by competing again at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
NO. 2 HAMLINE 7, 3 ST. CATHERINE 0 | BOX SCORE | PHOTOS |
Top-notch pitching and an offensive explosion led to Hamline defeating St. Catherine, 7-0, on Friday evening. Eight different Pipers collected a hit in the contest, while pitcher Alex Molloy allowed just three Wildcat hits. A Riley Husom single in the first inning brought Kira Krueger home and got the scoring started for HU. Four innings later, Megan Rubbelke belted a two-run shot over the left field wall to put the Pipers up 3-0. Hamline went on to score four more runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach and secure a date with the top-seeded Tommies on Saturday.
St. Thomas and Hamline will match up against each other tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m., with the winner advancing to the MIAC Playoff Championship Game on Sunday. St. Olaf and St. Catherine will take the field at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in an elimination game. At 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, the winner of the elimination contest will matchup with the loser of the 11:00 a.m. game with a spot in the Championship on the line.
The championship game is set for Sunday at 11 a.m., with a second game – if necessary – immediately following. The winner of the MIAC Softball Playoffs will receive the conference's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Softball Tournament.
The MIAC has a homepage dedicated to the 2019 MIAC Softball Playoffs that will be updated throughout the tournament with scores and statistics. Fans can also follow the action on the MIAC Scoreboard, on the free MIAC mobile app, and on social media through the MIAC's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
2019 MIAC SOFTBALL PLAYOFF LOCATION & SCHEDULE
LOCATION: University of St. Thomas | South Field | St. Paul, Minn.
(No. 1 seed will host entire double-elimination tournament)
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Game 3: No. 1 St. Thomas vs. No. 3 Hamline | 11:00 a.m. | Video | Live Stats |
Game 4: No. 2 St. Catherine vs. No. 4 St. Olaf | 1:30 p.m. | Video | Live Stats |
Game 5: Loser Gm 3 vs. Winner Gm 4 | 4:00 p.m. | Video | Live Stats |