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Luther won games 11 and 12 in a row after sweeping Cornell College 6-2, 8-7 this afternoon. The regular season Iowa Conference champions improved to 15-1, 34-4 overall.
In game one, Luther scored twice in the second and exploded for four in the third en route to the victory. Mallory Broderick got things started with a two-run home run to left in the second. Broderick also drove in a run with a double in the third and finished the game going 3-for-3 with two runs scored.
Becca Girvan (22-2) went the distance in the circle. Girvan spread four hits and allowed two runs, walked three and struck out eight.
In the nightcap, Broderick drove in the game winner in the bottom of the seventh with a single to left field. Kayla Hatting, who pinch ran for Kelsey Kittleson who started the inning with a walk, scored from second base. Hatting advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Abby Christian.
Cornell tied the game in the top half of the final frame when Kari Martin hit a two-run home run to left-center field.
Kittleson, Broderick and Christian led the offensive attack with two RBI each. Kelsey Rose pitched the first four innings and gave up two runs on four hits and struck out four. Girvan was credited with the victory pitching the final three innings.
Luther will host the Iowa Conference Tournament May 3-5. The Norse are the No. 1 seed and will face the winner between #4 Coe and #5 Loras at 2:00 p.m. Thursday.
Thursday's Complete Schedule
Thursday, May 3
Game 1: #4 Coe vs. #5 Loras, 10 a.m.
Game 2: #3 Simpson vs. #6 Buena Vista, noon
Game 3: #1 Luther vs. Coe/Loras winner, 2 p.m.
Game 4: #2 Central vs. Simpson/Buena Vista winner, 4 p.m.
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Questions? Contact David Blanchard, post_to_results, 563-387-1586