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Luther advanced to the semifinal of the Iowa Conference single elimination tournament after defeating Simpson College 8-0 in six innings this afternoon. Coe College, the regular season champions, is hosting this year's tournament.
The Norse scored three runs in both the first and third innings and Ashley Burrows ended the game with a two-run home run over the center field fence in the sixth. Burrows home run was her first of the year.
A double by Anna Strien and a two-run single by Bailey Victoria, gave the Norse a 3-0 lead in the first. Strien drove in Natalie Stockman with a double, increasing her school career record in this category to 54. With her RBI, Strien became Luther's all-time leader with a career total of 161.
In the third, a sacrifice fly by Addy Pender, followed by a two-run home run by Bailey Hocker to left field, gave the Norse a 6-0 advantage.
Samatha Bratland improved to 19-4 in the circle. Bratland had another solid outing. She did not allow a hit, walked three and struck out four.
Courtney Cooper threw the final two innings and allowed two hits and walked one.
Luther will face the No. 2 seed Central College tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. The winner will advance to the championship game slated to begin at 4:00 p.m.
Questions? Contact David Blanchard, post_to_results, 563-387-1586
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