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Softball hits sprinkler, causes flood at University of St. Thomas

An unrelated issue then caused a power cut.

A University of St. Thomas facility was flooded on Monday evening after a sprinkler head was struck by a softball.

The incident happened in the fieldhouse at the Anderson Athletic Recreation Complex, where the sprinkler system was activated at 7:30 p.m.

Per the University of St. Thomas news service, this caused flooding inside the facility.

But things got worse on the campus, when around 50 minutes later the groundwater pump system in the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center's electrical vault failed, causing more than a foot of water to enter the room.

This caused a power outage affecting multiple buildings that continued until 11:45 p.m.

“The systems worked as designed, protecting people and facilities,” said Jim Brummer, associate vice president of facilities management.

The St. Paul university's student newspaper, Tommie Media, reports that eight buildings, including several halls of residences, were affected by the power cut.

Meanwhile, the softball player responsible for hitting the sprinkler was identified as first-year Coryn Jacobson, who told Tommie Media she "definitely hit the sweet spot of the ball." 

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