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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • USM baseball, softball teams set for conference tourney

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  • The University of Saint Mary baseball and softball teams closed out the regular season on the road Saturday.
    The Spires baseball team beat Sterling College, 11-10, in game one, but lost, 14-3, in game two.
    The Spires finished the regular season with a 25-23 overall record and a 12-16 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference record, finishing fifth out of eight teams.
    The Spires earned the final spot in the KCAC tournament, which is Wednesday through Saturday in Great Bend.
    USM will face 21-29 Bethany College at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The winner advances to play top-seeded Tabor College at 3 p.m. Thursday. The loser will play the loser of Sterling College/Friends University at 7 p.m. Thursday.
    In Saturday's game one against Sterling, sophomore Grant Arnold went 3-4 with two runs scored.
    Freshman Joey Stauss, sophomores Parker Clough and Patrick Swain, and juniors Jackson Perri and Damian Marshall each had two hits.
    Clough had three RBIs. Junior Keeton Krause hit a grand slam in the fifth inning.
    In game two, junior Davon Poole led USM with two RBIs.
    The USM softball team beat non-conference Central Christian College, 14-3 and 9-2, to finish the regular season 29-18 overall.
    The softball team earned the fifth-seed in the KCAC tournament, which is Thursday and Friday in Great Bend.
    USM will play fourth-seeded Friends University at noon Thursday. The winner will play the winner of Kansas Wesleyan University/Southwestern College. The loser of those two games play each other in the loser's bracket.
    In Saturday's game one, seniors Steeli Norton and Jenna Hansen, and junior Rebecca Eatough each had three RBIs.
    Senior Victoria Toplikar went 2-4 with two RBIs at the plate. She struck out four and allowed one run in four innings in the pitcher's circle.
    In game two, Toplikar went 3-4 with two RBIs. Freshman Emilee Biondo recorded two RBIs.
    Norton allowed two runs in the first four innings. Junior Kim Piatt threw three scoreless innings to close out the game.
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