The Lady Miner softball team finished a doubleheader with a split for the fifth consecutive time Thursday, rallying for a 4-2 victory over Rockhurst in the second game after the Hawks took game one by a count of 5-1.


The Lady Miner softball team finished a doubleheader with a split for the fifth consecutive time Thursday, rallying for a 4-2 victory over Rockhurst in the second game after the Hawks took game one by a count of 5-1.

The split moves Missouri S&T into a tie for third place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with Indianapolis at 14-8 in league play, with the Greyhounds coming to Rolla for a twinbill Saturday at noon. S&T will wrap up its league slate Sunday when it hosts Saint Joseph's.

The Lady Miners never led in the opener, but got the lead in game two when Kandi Wieberg led off with a hit and later scored on Emily Tucker's sacrifice fly.

After Holly Hilton's two-run double gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead in the third, the Lady Miners drew even in the fifth with a two-out rally. Tucker singled, stole second, then advanced to third when Kristen Drage reached on an error. Krista Porterfield came in to run for Drage and got herself caught in a rundown between first and second long enough to allow Tucker to come in to score.

S&T moved into the lead in the sixth as Becca Kueny singled with one out (Allison Plummer came in to run for her), then pinch-hitter Kassi Deibert and Katie Smith followed with hits to bring in Plummer. The Lady Miners got an insurance run in the seventh when Drage doubled in Tucker.

Ashley Wallingford held the Hawks to five hits in the game and got help from her defense in the seventh when a double play helped extinguish a Rockhurst threat.
S&T was held to four hits in the opener and got its only run in the fifth when Becky Davis scored on an error. Rockhurst got four runs in the first -- three of which were unearned -- off starter Jen O'Hara and tacked on another tally in the fourth.