Four homers weren't enough to keep the Lady Miner softball team from being swept
Kaylea Smith hit three home runs and Dana Lawson added another one but it wasn't enough as the Missouri S&T softball team was swept in a doubleheader at Central Missouri 5-4 and 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon in Warrensburg.
The first game was scoreless through three innings, before the Lady Miners (2-8) broke through in the top of the fourth. Andi Davis led off with a walk and then moved to second on an infield single by Kyra Slemp. Cailey Baker sacrificed the runners up a base and then Smith drove them home with a three-shot to left center to make it 3-0.
The Jennies (10-6) answered with a run in the fifth and then scored four in the sixth with the big blow a two-run homer to left off the bat of Ali Jo Rogers. The Jens added another run with an RBI single from Braylyn Bivens.
Smith led off the top of the seventh lining a home run the opposite way to make it 5-4. Shelby Michaelis then reached on a one-out single and went to second on a ground out by Kelsi O'Neill. Becca Strope then hit a hot shot to third that was handled to end the game.
S&T had four hits in the contest led by Smith. Slemp and Michaelis had the other ones. Taylor Keal suffered the defeat allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits in 5.1 innings. She struck out one and walked one.
In the nightcap the Lady Miners again broke on top early. Slemp got the rally started with a double to right and then Baker was hit by a pitch to bring up Smith. She hit her third home run of the day driving one down the left field line to make it 3-0. UCM answered back with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Jakki Prater had the big blow in the inning answereing with a 3-run homer.
Slemp brought S&T to within 5-4 blooping an RBI single into left to drive in Erin Premer who had led off the inning with a single. The Lady Miners had the bases loaded, but couldn't get the key hit. The Jens answered with another run in the third to extend the lead to 6-4.
Lawson brought S&T back to within a run lining a solo home run to right in the fifth. The Lady Miners had a chance to tie the game in the sixth. Smith narrowly missed her fourth home run of the game and had to settle for a double off the left field fence. Kate Runyan was robbed of the game tying hit on diving catch by the centerfielder to end the inning.
S&T had the tying run on base in the seventh, but couldn't get the tying hit.
The Lady Miners had 11 hits in the nightcap led by Slemp with three and Smith added two. Becca Strope suffered the loss allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits in 5.2 innings of work. She walked three and struck out two.
S&T opens the home portion of its schedule on Saturday when it plays host to Saint Joseph's College beginning at 12 p.m.