Mankato, Minn. – The Gustavus Adolphus softball team was knocked out of the MIAC Playoffs by Bethel University on Sunday morning at Caswell Park. The Royals defeated the Gusties 5-2 to advance to the MIAC Playoff Championship against St. Thomas later in the morning. Gustavus concludes its season 15-19 overall, while Bethel improved to 27-14 with the win.
Gustavus left a total of four runners on base in the first two innings. Bethel took advantage and drew blood first with a three runs on three hits in the bottom of the second inning. Kayln Sorenson drove in the first run with a single through the right side, and Angie Jackson brought two home to score with a ground ball up the middle.
Bethel picked up two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to bring the score to 5-0. Cristina Masten and Rachel Gilbert both recorded one-run singles in the inning.
Gustavus was able to rally after six scoreless frames , but the rally would come three runs short. Following a Paige Breneman (So., Sherburn, Minn.) walk, Christina Riester (Sr., Wabasha, Minn.) singled. Brittany Brenke (Jr., Le Sueur, Minn.) drove in a run with a single to cut the lead to 5-1, and Sam Breneman (Sr., Sherburn, Minn.) brought in Riester with sacrifice fly to bring the score to 5-2.
Bethel starting pitcher Karli Persson kept Gustavus’s hitters off balance throughout the morning. She earned the complete-game victory after allowing two runs on five hits. Sarah Rozell suffered the loss for Gustavus after going five runs on seven hits.
Brittany Brenke led the Gusties at the dish, going 2-for-4 with a RBI.