Saints Softball Team Wins Conference Title
The second-seeded Thomas More College softball team won its fifth Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship, defeating top-seeded Bethany College 2-1 today in the championship game of the PAC Championship Tournament at Bison Field in Bethany, West Virginia.
With the win, the Saints improve to 26-5 and earn the PAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. It will be the Saints’ seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and fifth under seventh-year head coach Lindsay Bramhall. The NCAA Division III Championship brackets will be announced on Monday on the NCAA Championship website at 10:00 a.m. With the loss, the Bison fall to 24-16.
In the second inning, junior first baseman Staci Stewart (Erlanger, Ky./Lloyd Memorial) hit a two-run home run to left center scoring freshman left fielder Sammy Sagers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.
Bethany plated a run in the sixth inning, but that wouldn’t be enough as Thomas More won the championship game, 2-1.
Junior pitcher Mamee Salzer (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry) earned the win in the circle as she pitched a complete-game three-hitter, only giving up one unearned run while striking out four.
At the plate, Stewart, junior shortstop Ana Walter (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon) and freshman right fielder Laura Finke (Fort Wright, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) each had a hit for the Saints.
Staff report/Image courtesy of Thomas More Athletics