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In the first game of the Decorah, Iowa Super Regional, No. 16 Luther defeated No. 7 University of St. Thomas 3-1 this afternoon in front of a capacity crowd.
The Norse spread six hits and scored once in the second, fifth and sixth innings. The Tommies scored their run in the bottom of the sixth.
Bailey Hocker, who was 3-for-3, hit a double down the left field line that scored Blake Banowetz in the second. Anna Strien reached on an error by the Tommies with two outs and the bases loaded, and drove in Megan Bonnett who led-off the inning with a double. With two outs in the sixth, a single by Hocker, followed by a wild pitch, set-up a rbi single by Paige Timmerman.
Samantha Bratland had another solid outing in the circle. Bratland allowed one run on two hits, walked one and struck out two. She is now 25-4.
This best of three-game series continues tomorrow. The second game of the series is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. If needed, game three will begin at 3:30 p.m.
The winner of the Super Regional will advance to the NCAA III National Championships that will be held May 24-29 at USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Questions? Contact David Blanchard, post_to_results, 563-387-1586