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Luther advanced to the title game of the Iowa Conference Tournament defeating Coe College 1-0 in the semifinals. Anna Strien hit a home run in the bottom of the fourth that cleared the right-center field fence. Strien, Lindsey Uphoff and Carli Radil each had two hits.
Amanda Witzlib (18-3) tossed a one-hit shutout. She faced 24 batters, walked two and struck out six.
The tournament championship saw nationally ranked No. 16 Central and No. 4 Luther square off for the first time this season. Central jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first, scored a run in the third and added three more in the fifth en route to a 8-2 victory.
Central's Mallory Schulenberg silenced the Norse bats allowing two runs on three hits. The Norse scored one in the fifth and one in the seventh.
With the win, Central (30-9) captured its fourth IIAC Tournament title and earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA III National Tournament. Luther, the regular season champions, fell to 36-4.
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