The Gustavus Adolphus softball team is set to take on Saint Mary’s in the first round of the MIAC Playoffs on Friday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m. on the campus of Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn. The Gusties earned the #2 seed after finishing the regular season with an overall record of 25-12-1 and a MIAC mark of 18-3-1. Saint Mary’s enters as the #3 seed with an overall record of 22-14 and a MIAC mark of 15-7. The two teams split in their regular season series, as the Cardinals won 4-1 in game one, while Gustavus took game two by the score of 5-0.
Friday’s contest will be the seventh meeting between the two squads in the MIAC Playoffs. The playoff series between the Gusties and Cardinals is even at 3-3, as Saint Mary’s came out victorious 8-4 in the last meeting on May 5, 2007.
Regular season champion St. Thomas will battle #4 seed Hamline in the other first round game on Friday at 2:30 p.m. at St. Thomas. The two first round winners will play at 5:00 p.m. at St. Thomas, while the losing two squads will play at 5:00 p.m. at Bethel.
Both Gustavus games on Friday will be broadcast live on Stretch Internet and KNUJ Radio AM 860. Play-by-play broadcaster Tom Wheeler will be in Arden Hills for the live call of the action. Fans can access the live audio through the link below. Live video will also be provided throughout the tournament via the link below.
By the numbers…
11 – The number of players on the Gustavus roster who are currently hitting over .300 with 20 or more games played.
.382 & 30 – Jenny Ewert’s team-leading batting average and runs scored.
3 – The number of players in the Gustie lineup with four home runs, including Jen Ulmen, Emily Wendorff, and Kate Rentschler.
.990 – Senior first baseman Emily Wednorff’s career fielding percentage.
.325 – Gustavus’ team batting average this season, ranking them fourth in the MIAC.
.406 – Lisa Klass’ team-leading in-league batting average.
2.41 & 3.07 – Kate Rentschler’s and Erin Truebenbach’s conference opponent ERAs this season.
11-1 – Gustavus’ record in Arden Hills since the 2001 season.
4th – Where Kate Rentschler’s team-high slugging percentage of .683 ranks.
.265 – Erin Truebenbach’s opposing team’s batting averaging against league foes.
15 – The number of runs the Gusties have outscored their opponents by in the first inning this season, 53-to-38.
.486 – Dani Cattrysse’s batting average with runners in scoring position.
36 – The game-time temperature of Gustavus’ last meeting with Saint Mary’s earlier this season in St. Peter.
34-33 – Gustavus’ all-time record against Saint Mary’s.