The bats of the Missouri S&T softball team came alive on Saturday, as the Lady Miners pounded out 26 hits in splitting its Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) doubleheader against Rockhurst at the S&T Softball Field.
S&T won the opener 7-0 and in the second game rallied from a five-run deficit before falling 9-8.
S&T was scheduled to host William Jewell in another league doubleheader yesterday.
Rockhurst (22-15, 10-11 GLVC) had the first great scoring chance in the opening contest loading the bases with two outs in the second. Becca Strope was able to get out of the jam by getting Toya Nelson to strike out swinging.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth. The Lady Miners got three straight two out hits to plate two runs. Kate Runyan started the rally with a single to the shortstop. Shelby Michaelis then doubled to center to put runners at second and third. Erin Premer came through hitting a 1-2 pitch into left-center.
S&T added to its lead with some our two out runs in the fifth inning. Kyra Slemp reached on an error by the third baseman. She then stole second and came around to score on Cailey Baker's single to left. Baker would advance to second on the throw then went to third on Kaylea Smith's single through the left side. Smith moved to second when the throw from left field got past the catcher. Runyan then lined a single off the pitcher's glove to score Baker to make it 4-0. Michaelis delivered the biggest blow of the inning hitting a three-run homer to left center to conclude the scoring.
The Lady Miners had nine hits in the first game with Baker, Smith, Runyan and Michaelis combining for eight of them. After the early jam, Strope settled in the rest of the way to earn the complete game shutout. She pitched seven innings while allowing only four hits. She struck out nine and walked just one.
The Hawks jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the second game scoring a run in the first then adding four more in the second. The big blow in the second inning was the three-run homer off the bat of Sadie Applegate.
S&T answered with run in the home half of the second on an RBI single from Rachel Glenn which scored Smith. Rockhurst added an unearned run in its half of the third, but the Lady Miners exploded in their half of the inning scoring seven times on 10 hits and sent 12 batters to the plate. The first four hitters reached on singles and then Smith delivered a two-run double to right center to cut the lead to 6-4. Runyan grounded out to first to drive home Baker to make it 6-5 and then Michaelis singled to right to tie the game. Singles by Dana Lawson and Glenn drove in Michaelis to give S&T its first lead of the contest at 7-6. Andi Davis drove home the final run of the inning reaching on an infield single to push the lead to 8-6.
Page 2 of 2 - The Hawks got a three-run homer in the top of the fourth of the bat of Demi Plathe to retake the lead at 9-8. The Lady Miners got a lead-off single from Baker in the bottom of the fourth, but she was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double. That decision proved costly when Runyan tripled down the right field line with two outs. Michaelis had a chance to tie the game again, but she popped out to second to end the inning. S&T had another chance in the fifth getting two on with two out, but couldn't get the key hit.
The Lady Miners were retired in order in each of the sixth and seventh innings.
S&T had 17 hits in the nightcap with every player in the lineup having at least one hit. Six players had at least two hits led by Davis and Glenn with three apiece. Katie Heidinger took the loss allowing three runs on two hits in 1.1 innings. She walked one and didn't strike out anyone.