No. 3 St. Olaf 10, No. 12 Concordia 3 (Box)

Schreier homers twice, Oles walk off to reach semifinals

Brent Hollerud
May 3, 2013

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. - Haley Schreier homered twice as the St. Olaf softball team walked off to defeat Hamline 10-9 on Friday to win its pool and advance to the MIAC playoff semifinals.

St. Olaf will play second-seeded Bethel at 3 p.m. on Saturday in one of two first round games in the double-elimination semifinals. No. 5 Gustavus plays No. 1 St. Thomas in the other first round game.

The Oles used eight runs in the final two innings to cruise to a 10-3 victory over Concordia College-Moorhead in their first game of Pool C play.

No. 3 St Olaf 10, No. 12 Concordia 3
Trailing entering the fifth inning, St. Olaf scored three runs on two hits and a fielding error. The Oles scored five in the sixth against Concordia. Becca Walz and Jessica Wilson each notched a two-RBI single in the process.

St. Olaf jumped to a 2-0 lead on a Walz single and a Julie Fergus ground out in the first inning. Walz was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

The Cobbers answered back quickly. Becca Conant hit a solo home run in the second, and Concordia took the lead in the top of the fifth with two runs.

Amy Prok picked up the complete game victory for St. Olaf. She allowed four hits while striking out three. A three-up, three-down sixth inning helped St. Olaf keep their momentum against a Concordia team looking for a comeback. Conant picks up the loss, giving up eight hits, striking out four.

Maggie Scholer went 2-for-3 with an RBI for St. Olaf.

St. Olaf 10, Hamline 9
Schreier went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and Maggie Scholer delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh as St. Olaf escaped with a 10-9 victory.

Three Oles had three hits, Schreier, Mackenzie Wolter (3-for-4) and Alex Lebens (3-for-4).

Schreier hit a three-run homer to center and Natalie Mironov added a solo shot in the Oles' six-run first inning. St. Olaf held a 6-1 lead after four, but Hamline answered with a five-run fifth.

The teams then traded three-run bursts. St. Olaf regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth, helped by Schreier's two-run blast.

Hamline knotted it with three in the sixth to set up the Oles' walk-off heroics.

The Oles' Kristen Rudberg tossed 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, including a 1-2-3 seventh, to get the win.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.