#3 St. Thomas Ends Softball's Undefeated Run in Florida 9-0

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Tufts University softball team's undefeated record in Florida this week was stopped by the third-ranked University of St. Thomas 9-0 in five innings on Saturday.

Maggie Lebinski had two hits for the Jumbos.

Tommies' junior pitcher Kierstin Anderson-Glass threw a four-hit shutout and senior RF Dana Connelly went 2 for 2 with four runs batted in and two runs scored.

St. Thomas scored twice in the top of the first to grab the lead against Jumbo starter Kristi Van Meter. Senior CF Chase Shortly singled home a run and Connell hit a sac fly for her first rbi.

Anderson-Glass retired the first eight Jumbos she faced before junior CF Maggie Lebinski singled with two outs in the third. Junior 1B Casey Maggiore also singled with two outs in the fourth. Tufts could not make anything of either situation.

The Tommies led 5-0 by that point. They had scored three in the top of the third on a two-run double by Connelly and an rbi single from freshman 1B Megan Baniecke.

St. Thomas put Tufts in danger of losing by the run rule with four more in the top of the fifth off Van Meter and reliever Gillian O'Connor. Senior 2B Melissa Barry was hit by a pitch, stole her second base of the game and scored her third run of the contest on Connelly's single. Sophomore pinch-hitter Sam Birling had an rbi double later in the frame as the Tommies went ahead 9-0.

Freshman catcher Alexis Aboulafia and Lebinski both had hits in the bottom of the fifth as the Jumbos tried to stay alive. However, Anderson-Glass finished off her shutout with a ground ball to end it.

The two through four hitters for St. Thomas went 5 for 6 with seven runs scored and five rbis in the game. Anderson-Glass struck out three and did not walk a batter in her five-inning shutout.

Lebinski had two of Tufts' hits. Van Meter was tagged with her first loss of the week allowing six hits and seven runs (five earned) in four innings.

Tufts finishes its week in Florida with a single game on Sunday against Wisconsin-Stout. St. Thomas (8-0) plays UW-Whitewater and Franklin in Florida tomorrow.