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Senior pitcher Maddison Woodruff threw a two-hitter with eight strikeouts to lead No. 11 Coe College to a 3-0 victory over St. Scholastica in the first round of the NCAA Division III regional tournament Friday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

St. Scholastica’s power hitting, which helped the team surge to its 12th Upper Midwest Athletic Conference tournament title last weekend, was suddenly silenced. Woodruff had great control, with no walks, and only faced 24 batters in seven innings.

Freshman Chrisi Mizera had a strong outing for the Saints, allowing just two earned runs and seven hits in six innings, helping overcome seven walks and a wild pitch.

Brianna Gardner and Danielle Schlotterbeck both had a hit and two walks as the Kohawks (37-8) finally were able to push a run across in the fifth. They added two insurance runs in the sixth.

Kara Warren had a double and Tiff Hudack added a single for St. Scholastica (27-11), which never had a runner advance past second base in having its program-record 21-game win streak snapped.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Saints, who play No. 13 St. Thomas (36-6) at 1:30 p.m. today in a loser-out game of the double-elimination tournament.