The University of St. Thomas women’s softball team continued its reputation of a hard-working, successful team. This
year, the Tommies took the regular season title in the conference and went 18-4.
With all of their success, the No. 17-ranked Tommies returned to the national tournament for the 14th year in a row
and the 20th time in the last 21 seasons.
Aside from team successes, six players made the All-MIAC
team, and three players made the NFCA All-Region team.
Sophomore Melissa Barry made first team All-Region, sophomore Chase Shortly made second team All-Region and
senior Megan Bush made third team. In addition to those
All-Region and All-MIAC players, senior Brenna Walek,
sophomore Dana Connelly and freshman Elise Barnes
made first team All-MIAC. The honors that these Tommies
received are not uncommon, as Brenna Walek has been a
three-time All-MIAC player, and Barry and Connelly have received awards in the past.
This success adds to the accomplishments as a team. Together, the team works hard and tries their best to not only
better themselves, but also better each other. Senior Jessica Eppenberger said: “My favorite memory from the season
would be rallying our bats in the regional championship.
We battled the whole game and took home the regional
title. I’m most proud of my team for sticking to it and never
giving up. We have worked hard and it has shown in these
last few months.”
Overall, St. Thomas finished the season with an overall record of 37-11, falling to St. Catherine in the NCAA Super
“I’M MOST PROUD OF
MY TEAM FOR STICKING
TO IT AND NEVER
- JESSICA EPPENBERGER ‘ 17
Photos taken by: Gene McGivern
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