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Luther tops Saint Catherine 3-1 to advance to NCAA super regional

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DECORAH (KWWL) -

It took a pair of games, but the Luther Norse got it done defeating 24th ranked Saint Catherine 3-1 to win a regional title and advance to the NCAA super regionals. 

The 5th ranked Norse needed one win in two games after coming in to the title match via the winner's bracket. Luther fell in game one 3-0 before bouncing back to capture the second.

With the game tied 0-0 in the fourth inning, Ashley Burrows knocked her second home run of the season, a 2 run shot, over the center field wall to give the Norse their first lead of the day. Anna Strien followed with an RBI base hit in the sixth for a 3-0 advantage.

Saint Catherine pulled within 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth, but Luther's Samantha Bratland shut it down in the seventh to pick up the win. Bratland struck out 8 in 7 innings pitched.

Luther will host the super regional on Friday and Saturday against Illinois Wesleyan with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division III Softball College World Series.

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