The Missouri S&T softball team headed into the final day of the regular season knowing they needed to win both games and get some help to get into the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Tournament for the first time since 2010. After a promising start the Lady Miners fell 9-3 in the opener and then lost the second one 8-5 at Quincy.
The Lady Miners end the season 13-25 overall and 12-20 in the GLVC. Quincy improved to 22-28 and 17-19.
S&T saw its first two hitters reach on a single and a walk. A sacrifice bunt by Cailey Baker moved the runners up to second and third with one out. After a strikeout, Kate Runyan delivered a two-run double down the left field line to put the Lady Miners up 2-0.
Quincy answered with two in the second and had a chance for more but Becca Strope pitched around runners at second and third with no outs to keep the score tied at 2-2. The Hawks added another run in the third to take a 3-2 lead off of Amber Duncan, who replaced Strope, to start the third.
Runyan tied the game in the fourth hitting a 3-2 pitch to right center for her second home run of the season. Quincy responded though scoring six times in the bottom half of the inning with five of those runs coming with two outs.
S&T tried to rally in the seventh seeing their first two hitters reach on singles, but couldn't score.
Duncan took the loss allowing five runs, all earned, on four hits in 1.2 innings. She walked two and struck out two.
The Lady Miners finished with five hits in the contest led by Runyan with two and all three RBIs.
In the second game on Sunday the Hawks scored a run in the first to break on top on Ashleigh Roscetti's RBI groundout. S&T would tie the game in the second. Runyan led off and singled and went to second on a wild pitch. She came around to score on Rachel Glenn's single.
Quincy retook the lead in the second, but the Lady Miners scored twice in the third on Kaylea Smith's two run single down the left field line.
The score held that way until the sixth. Dana Lawson led off and singled then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Kelsi O'Neill. She scored on Andi Davis's single to left.
S&T couldn't hold the lead though as the Hawks scored six times in the home half of the sixth. Emma Topps and Jessica Grimes each delivered two run singles in the inning. The Lady Miners scored once in the seventh on Shelby Michaelis's RBI double and had the tying run at the plate with one out, but couldn't get the tying hit.
Page 2 of 3 - S&T finished the game with 12 hits led by Smith and Runyan with three apiece. Taylor Keal took the loss allowing eight runs on 13 hits in 5.1 innings of work. She walked two and didn't record a strikeout.
At Springfield, Ill., it was a long day of softball for the Missouri S&T Lady Miners and Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars as the two sides played essentially three games in Springfield, Ill. UIS took two of the three winning 7-2 and 8-2 while the Lady Miners picked up a 10-4 win in the middle contest.
The two sides were originally scheduled to play a doubleheader, but before getting to that they had to finish the second game of the doubleheader which was suspended in Rolla due to rain on March 30. The Prairie Stars led 5-1 in the top of the third when that game was halted.
The game resumed with UIS having runners at first and second with only one out. Becca Strope got out of the jam getting a groundout and a strikeout to end the inning. S&T had a golden chance to climb back into the game in the bottom of the third getting back-to-back singles from Jamie Hatlan and Andi Davis to start the inning. The Lady Miners couldn't come through with a key hit and left two on.
UIS added to its lead in the fourth with two more runs to make it 7-1. S&T threatened in the fifth and sixth innings but couldn't score. They got a run in the seventh on a RBI single from Kaylea Smith which brought home Davis.
The Lady Miners outhit the Prairie Stars 9-8 in the contest and were led by Smith with three and two RBIs. Davis and Hatlan added two hits each. Taylor Keal suffered the loss allowing two runs in one-third of an inning.
In the first game of the scheduled doubleheader, S&T struck first with two outs in the top of the second. Dana Lawson hit a 2-2 pitch over the center field fence for her sixth home run of the season to put the Lady Miners up 1-0. UIS answered with four runs in the home half of the third. Jordyn Amos hit a two-run homer to left center and Sam Riss added a two-run single down the right field line.
S&T got a run back in the fourth when Shelby Michaelis scored on a wild pitch. The Lady Miners continued to trail until the sixth when they took advantage of some wildness by Prairie Star starter Cheyenne Bowman. S&T sent 13 hitters to the plate in the eight run inning on just four hits. It took advantage of four walks and an error in the frame. Kyra Slemp had a two-run single in the frame while Lawson, Adrienne Kruse, Davis and Michaelis had RBIs as well.
Page 3 of 3 - Strope had to work out of trouble in both the sixth and seventh innings to pick up her sixth win of the season. She went the distance allowing four runs, all earned, on eight hits. She walked five and struck out one.
Davis paced the offense with two hits.
S&T broke on top in the finale scoring in the first inning. Davis led off and singled and stole second. She came around to score on Cailey Baker's single to left. UIS tied the game in the bottom half of the inning with a two-out hit and then in the second took advantage of a dropped fly ball in left with two outs and went onto score three unearned runs.
The Prairie Stars took advantage of another error in the third to add three more runs and capped the scoring with a run in the fourth.
The Lady Miners had nine hits in the nightcap led by Davis, Smith and Michaelis with two apiece. Keal took the loss allowing eight runs, three earned on nine hits in three innings of work. She struck out two and walked four.