St. Thomas, Hamline to meet in MIAC Softball Playoff Championship

The Pipers and Tommies will meet for the second consecutive morning, this time to determine the MIAC Playoff champion.
The Pipers and Tommies will meet for the second consecutive morning, this time to determine the MIAC Playoff champion.

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The 2019 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Softball Playoff championship game will feature the Hamline Pipers taking on the St. Thomas Tommies on Sunday morning. The Tommies defeated the Pipers, 3-0, to open Saturday's action while Hamline bounced back to top St. Olaf, 5-0, in an elimination game to close the day. Game time for Sunday's title contest is set for 11:00 a.m. at South Field in St. Paul.

NO. 1 ST. THOMAS 3, NO. 3 HAMLINE 0 | BOX SCORE | PHOTOS |
St. Thomas scored runs in the fifth and sixth innings to fend off Hamline, 3-0, in Saturday's opening contest. Junior pitcher Kierstin Anderson-Glass tossed a four-hit shutout to earn the 50th victory of her career and propel the Tommies into the playoff championship. UST infielder Elise Barnes had two hits and a run scored in the game. Hamline pitcher Alex Molloy threw her second three-hitter of the playoffs and added a hit and a walk at the plate for the Pipers.

NO. 4 ST. OLAF 4, NO. 2 ST. CATHERINE 1 | BOX SCORE | PHOTOS |
St. Olaf jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second inning and never looked back as junior pitcher Julie Graf struck out 14 to bring the Wildcats' season to a close. Annabelle Schutte pitched six and two-thirds innings of relief after St. Kate's starter Kathryn Proper was knocked out of the game by a hard liner back to the circle early in the contest. St. Olaf catcher Emily Carr finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate with one run batted in. The Ole victory eliminated St. Kate's from the tournament and set up a second elimination game against No. 3 seed Hamline in Game 5.

NO. 3 HAMLINE 5, NO. 4 ST. OLAF 0 | BOX SCORE | PHOTOS |
Hamline's midday rest played to the Pipers' advantage, as HU scored runs in the second, third, and fourth innings to defeat St. Olaf, 5-0, eliminating the Oles from the tournament. Kira Krueger moved from third base to pitcher for the team's second game of the day and was credited with a six-hit shutout victory. Krueger also accounted for two hits and a pair of RBI in the win. St. Olaf pitcher Julie Graf tossed three innings against the Pipers after throwing all seven the game before against St. Kate's, adding five strikeouts versus HU. Hamline sealed the victory with three runs in the fourth inning to put the game out of reach.

Sunday's championship game is set for 11:00 a.m. A St. Thomas victory would give the Tommies the playoff championship, while a Hamline win would set up a second game immediately following the first to determine the double-elimination champion. The winner of the MIAC Softball Playoffs will receive the conference's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Softball Tournament.

This will be St. Thomas' 14th championship game appearance and Hamline's second in the last three seasons. In three meetings this season, St. Thomas holds a 2-1 advantage over the Pipers.

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 FacebookInstagram 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)

Friday, May 3, 2019
Game 1: No. 1 St. Thomas 1, No. 4 St. Olaf 0 | Box Score | Recap |
Game 2: No. 3 Hamline 7, No. 2 St. Catherine 0 | Box Score | Recap |

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Game 3: No. 1 St. Thomas 3, No. 3 Hamline 0 | Box Score | Recap |
Game 4: No. 4 St. Olaf 4, No. 2 St. Catherine 1 | Box Score | Recap |
Game 5: No. 3 Hamline 5, No. 4 St. Olaf 0 | Box Score | Recap |

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Game 6: No. 1 St. Thomas vs. No. 3 Hamline | 11:00 a.m. | Video | Live Stats |
Game 7: Winner Gm 6 vs. Loser Gm 6 (if necessary) | 1:00 p.m. | Video | Live Stats |


2019 MIAC Softball Playoffs | Playoff History |