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Luther College advanced to the NCAA III Super Regional Round thanks to a 3-0 victory over Saint Benedict this afternoon here in Decorah. The win gives Luther an overall record of 38-8. The Norse posted a 3-0 record this weekend, defeating Lake Forest College 11-3 (5) and Cornell College 6-0, prior to today's victory in the championship game over the Blazers.
The Norse did all of their damage in the second inning. Bailey Hocker drove in what proved to be the game winning run, reaching on an error, that scored Bailey Victoria who started the frame with a walk. The very next batter, Paige Timmerman ripped a double to left-center that scored Kaeli Kovarik who was pinch running for Addy Pender and Hocker.
Samantha Bratland, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament, tossed a three-hit shut out. She walked one and struck out three en route to her 24th win in the circle against four losses.
Also named to the All-Region team includes Ashley Burrows, Hocker and Addy Pender.
Luther will now face the University of St. Thomas in a Super Regional that will take place May 18-19. Where this best two-out-of three series will be played will be announced Monday, May 14.
Questions? Contact David Blanchard, post_to_results, 563-387-1586