The Missouri S&T softball team belted three home runs on its way to an 8-3 win over Illinois Springfield in the opening game of its Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) doubleheader on Saturday at the S&T Softball Field. The second game was suspended in the top of the third with the Prairie Stars leading 5-1.
On Friday S&T split a league doubleheader with Quincy.
S&T (6-9, 5-4 GLVC) scored in the first inning for the third straight game when Kyra Slemp launched a home run to center field to make it 1-0. It stayed that way until the third. Jamie Hatlan hit a one out triple to right and then scored a batter later when Andi Davis singled to right. An error put runners at first and third and Kaylea Smith cleared them hitting a towering home run to right to increase the lead to 5-0.
UIS (12-14, 6-5 GLVC) answered back with three in the top of the fifth to cut the Lady Miner lead to 5-3. S&T answered back with two in the bottom of the frame as Hatlan and Davis both singled to start the inning. Slemp delivered again roping a double into the gap in left center to make it 7-3. The Lady Miners added another in the sixth on Shelby Michaelis's solo homer to left center to extend the lead back to five.
S&T finished the game with 10 hits led by Hatlan with three while Davis and Slemp added two apiece. Hatlan and Davis each scored two runs. Slemp and Smith had three RBIs apiece. Taylor Keal got the win allowing three runs on five hits while striking out four and walking one in five innings of work.
In the second game the Prairie Stars scored two runs in the first to take the early lead. Smith homered again to lead off the second to cut the lead in half, but UIS scored three times in the third and was still batting when the game was called due to rain. The game could be finished at a later date.
S&T is back in action on Tuesday when it travels to Springfield, Mo., to take on Drury in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.
The Missouri S&T Lady Miners got off to fast starts in both games, but had to settle for a split with the Quincy Hawks in a GLVC doubleheader on Friday. S&T dropped the opener 7-6, but rebounded to win the second contest 7-2.
Things started out great for the Lady Miners in the first inning of the opener as the first three batters reached safely. Kaylea Smith drove in the first run with a groundout to second and then Kate Runyan lined a single into left center to plate two more. An error and a wild pitch put runners at second and third with one out, but S&T could only get one of them home with Runyan scoring on a passed ball.
Page 2 of 2 - Quincy (10-16, 5-7 GLVC) sent 10 hitters to the plate in the third scoring five runs on seven hits to take the lead. It added to its lead in the fourth with back-to-back two out doubles to make it 6-4. It stayed that way until the seventh when the Hawks got an important insurance run.
The Lady Miners rallied in the home half of the seventh as Andi Davis and Kyra Slemp started the inning with back-to-back singles and an error to get to second and third with no one out. Cailey Baker brought Davis home with a groundout to second. After a pop-out to short, Slemp scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-6. Runyan started the rally again working a walk and then Shelby Michaelis lined a double into left center to put the winning run in scoring position. The runners would be stranded as a strikeout looking ended the contest.
S&T banged out nine hits in the opener led by Davis and Runyan with two apiece. Runyan also drove in two runs. Taylor Keal suffered the loss allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits in two-plus innings of work. She walked one and struck out one.
The Lady Miners broke on top early in the nightcap as well. Davis led off with a single and then stole second and went to third on Slemp's groundout to second. Cailey Baker drove her in hitting a ball deep into the hole at short and the shortstop tried to throw Davis out the plate, but the throw wasn't in time. Baker then went to second on a passed ball and then came around to score on two wild pitches to make it 2-0.
S&T added to its lead with another run in the second. Michaelis led off with a single and stole second. She went to third on Erin Premer's single off the third baseman's glove and scored on a wild pitch.
The Hawks responded with one in the third, but the Lady Miners added two more in the home half of the third to extend their lead to 5-1. Quincy scored again in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-2, but S&T countered with two more in the bottom half of the inning to make it 7-2.
The Lady Miners banged out nine hits in game two as well led by Michaelis with three and Davis added two. Keal picked up the win allowing a run on two hits while striking out two and walking one in her four innings of work. Becca Strope went the rest of the way allowing a run on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts to earn her first save of the season.