|Date:||May 5, 2018|
Luther advanced to the championship game of the Iowa Conference Tournament by defeating No. 17 Central College 9-1 in six innings.
The Norse pounded out eight hits that led to two runs in the third, four in the fourth and three in the sixth. Central's lone run was a home run by Emily Walton in the bottom of the second.
2017 NFCA All-Americans Ashley Burrows and Anna Strien combined for seven RBI. Burrows hit a grad slam in the fourth and Strien hit a three-run shot in the sixth. Burrows finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Strien was 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Bailey Victoria was also swinging a hot bat going 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Samantha Bratland improved to 20-4 in the circle. Bratland allowed five hits, walked three and struck out three.
The Norse will face Coe College at 4:00 p.m. Coe the regular season champions and No. 1 seed of the tournament defeated Nebraska Wesleyan University 4-0 in the other semifinal game this morning.
Contact: David Blanchard, 563-387-1586