The Luther College softball team advanced in the championship bracket of the NCAA III National Softball Championships thanks to a 6-3 victory over MIT Thursday afternoon in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The Norse scored a run in the first and second innings. They broke the game open with a three-run sixth. MIT responded in the bottom of the sixth with three runs to pull to within 5-3. But In the top of the seventh, Luther's Addy Pender gave the Norse an insurance run with a solo blast over the left field fence.
Lead-off batter Natalie Stockman was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Bailey Victoria, Blake Banowetz, and Megan Bonnett also drove in a run. Victoria finished the afternoon 2-for4, Bonnett was 2-for-3 and scored twice and Banowetz was 1-for-4.
Samantha Bratland went the distance in the circle and improved to 26-5. Bratland allowed three runs on two hits, walked two and struck out five.
The win gives Luther a record of 41-9. Luther faces the defending national champions, Virginia Wesleyan (50-2), at 7:00 p.m. Friday.