The Lady Miners hosted a pair of doubleheaders over the weekend, hosting Southwest Baptist University on Saturday and Central Missouri on Sunday.
Missouri S&T's softball team struggled for offense Saturday afternoon, as it was held one in its doubleheader with Southwest Baptist as the Bearcats swept the Lady Miners by scores of 1-0 and 3-1 at the S&T Softball Field.
The Lady Miners (7-9) had just one hit in the opener – a bunt single by Courtney Jackson (Parkville, Mo./Park Hill South) in the fifth inning – and were held to five in game two as the Bearcats scored late in both games to get the sweep.
In game one, S&T's Avery English (Carterville, Ill./Carterville) and SBU's Claire Miller were locked up in a pitcher's duel as both pitchers kept the opposing teams off the scoreboard. SBU had a two-on, one-out threat in the fourth that English was able to escape, while the Lady Miners had runners at second in three straight innings and came up empty.
The Bearcats (6-11) broke through in the fifth, as Miranda Aguilar doubled down the line with one out, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Jaydin Mawhinney's bloop single into short left with two outs.
S&T had a chance in the fifth after the Jackson and a subsequent error that moved Rachel Aiardo(Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) to third, but couldn't score and had only one more baserunner in the last two innings against Miller.
English allowed only five hits herself in the circle and recorded two strikeouts.
SBU took an early lead in the nightcap on Megan Schellert's sacrifice fly in the opening inning, but S&T drew even in the fifth when Lauren King (O'Fallon, Mo./Fort Zumwalt North) drew a leadoff walk, was sacrificed to second and scored when Jackson reached base on a bunt; a wild throw on the play allowed King to score.
But in the sixth, SBU regained the lead on a two-out, two-run single off the bat of Emily Hall. The Lady Miners had a two-out scoring opportunity when Ashley Davis (Erie, Ill./Erie) singled and Emily Davidson (St. Louis, Mo./Oakville) walked, but Miller – who entered the game in the circle after S&T tied the score in the fifth – got King on a soft liner back to her and then retired S&T in order in the seventh.
SBU outhit Missouri S&T 8-5, with Kati Viets (Sweet Springs, Mo./Sweet Springs) striking out four for the Lady Miners. Gretchen Egly (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield Central) had two of S&T's five hits.
Missouri S&T's softball team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over Central Missouri in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader at the S&T Softball Field, but couldn't complete the sweep as the Jennies rallied late in game two and came away with a 5-4 victory in eight innings.
The Lady Miners (8-10) spotted the Jennies (6-12) a run in the first inning of game one, but answered back in the bottom half of the inning when Olivia Young(Milstadt, Ill./Belleville Township) hit a two-run homer to put S&T in front.
S&T added a run in the fourth when Ashley Davis (Erie, Ill./Erie) was hit by a pitch to open the inning and later scored on a hit by Courtney Jackson (Parkville, Mo./Park Hill South), and another an inning later when Young belted her second home run of the contest.
That would be all that Avery English (Carterville, Ill./Carterville) would need, as she picked up her seventh win in the circle by scattering six hits and striking out three. Three of those hits came in the seventh inning as UCM loaded the bases, but English got pinch-hitter Aubrey Daniel on a comebacker to end the game.
Young had two of S&T's five hits in the opener with her two home runs, as she became the first Lady Miners since Shelby Michaelis in the 2015 season finale at Wisconsin-Parkside to produce a multiple home run game.
The second game saw the Lady Miners get on the board first on a two-run double by Young in the third that scored Rachel Aiardo (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) and Jackson, but Central scored three off S&T starter Kati Viets (Sweet Springs, Mo./Sweet Springs) in the fourth, taking the lead on Lauryn Deer's two-run single.
However, S&T tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Kali Nelson (Dixon, Mo./Dixon) drew a leadoff walk and later scored on Carley Hamann (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way North)'s two-out single, then regained the lead an inning later on a RBI hit by Hannah Franceschini (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) that scored Gretchen Egly (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield Central).
S&T carried that lead into the seventh, but Payton Summers tied the game with an RBI double off English to send the game into extra innings. With the international tiebreaker rule in effect, the Jennies got the go-ahead run across on a double by Allie Dishinger and retired the Lady Miners in the bottom half of the frame.
Hamann and Franceschini had two hits apiece for S&T, who was outhit 10-8 in the nightcap.
Missouri S&T will open its Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule Saturday when it faces Bellarmine in a noon doubleheader (Eastern time) in Louisville, Ky.