St. Louis, Mo. –Missouri S&T's Olivia Young drove in a school-record nine runs with a four-hit performance as the Lady Miners tagged Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) with a 16-9 second-game loss to earn a Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) doubleheader split this Friday (April 13) afternoon at the UMSL Softball Field.
S&T, which dropped game one to the Tritons 5-3, certainly had its bats warmed up for the nightcap as the 16 runs were the most ever scored against UMSL and the highest single-game total since 2016 (March 22) when the Lady Miners produced a 20-2 non-league decision at Lincoln (Mo.).
Olivia Young (Milstadt, Ill./Belleville Township), a sophomore outfielder-designed player, completed the two-game series versus UMSL with a combined 11 RBIs, three home runs, and a .625 batting average (5-8) as S&T upped its season record to 21-19 overall and 10-8 in the conference. UMSL is presently 27-15 overall and 14-6 in the GLVC this season. Young's nine RBIs surpassed S&T single-game record of eight set by Jaime Ostmann against Pittsburg (Kan.) State on March 23, 1996. Young, who's now the 28th player in NCAA Division II history to amass nine RBIs in a contest, also became the third player in GLVC history to compile nine single-game RBIs and was one shy of the conference record.
Game 1 – UMSL 5, Missouri S&T 3
The Lady Miners put forth a valiant effort in a late-inning comeback but came up just short in the doubleheader opener.
A two-run home run off the bat of Jennah Perryman gave UMSL a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as the host team maintained its two-run advantage until three innings later.
In the top of the fourth, the Lady Miners trimmed the Tritons' lead to 2-1 on a one-out RBI sacrifice fly out by junior second baseman Hannah Franceschini to score freshman Marcy McCalla (Staunton, Ill./Staunton), who came into the game as a pinch runner for junior first baseman Gretchen Egly(Joliet, Ill./Plainfield Central). Junior outfielder Carley Hamann followed Egly's bases on balls with a drive to left center field which went for two bases and advanced McCalla to third.
S&T threatened to tie the contest in the top of the fifth as the Lady Miners had a runner on second base two occasions but was unable to score.
A three-run sixth extended UMSL's lead to 5-1 as the Tritons registered four base hits in the frame. Serena Olson lead off with a solo blast over the center field fence and S&T prevented two more runs from being scored on force outs at third and home. However, UMSL was able to plate two runs as Carlie Kudary's two-out single brought home two Triton runners.
The Lady Miners countered in the top of the seventh as Olivia Young (Milstadt, Ill./Belleville Township)smacked a two-run homer beyond the left centerfield fence to score senior third baseman Monica Weiss (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette), who reached base on a fielder's choice after sophomore shortstop Abby Klein had singled with one out.
Abby Klein (Kansas City, MO/Staley)'s two hits led the way for S&T, which had seven players produce its eight base hits for the game to UMSL's nine hits. The Lady Miners stranded eight runners on the base paths while the Tritons left five. Jennah Perryman and Chelsea Martinez's two hits apiece were tops for UMSL.
Sophomore pitcher Avery English (Carterville, Ill./Carterville) (14-9) threw all six innings for S&T and recorded three strikeouts while her UMSL counterpart, Carly Kingery (10-3) fanned five and walked one in tossing all seven innings.
Game 2 –Missouri S&T 16, UMSL 9
A record-breaking performance was turned in by Olivia Young (Milstadt, Ill./Belleville Township) in propelling S&T to an impressive high-scoring victory over UMSL, which in the process snapped a 14-game series losing skid to the Tritons and marked the most runs scored by the Lady Miners against a GLVC opponent.
Young, who accumulated a school-record nine RBIs on a four-of-four hitting performance in the contest, belted a three-run home run in the fifth and a two-run homer in the sixth.
S&T took a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the third inning after scoring the game's initial run in the first on Young's RBI single and tacking on two more in the third as a result of Young's RBI sacrifice fly to go with an UMSL error. A Triton four-run third on five hits highlighted by Serena Olson's three-run home run erased S&T's lead but the Lady Miners bounced back to draw even at 4-4 in the top of the fourth inning thanks to freshman catcher Ashley Davis (Erie, Ill./Erie)' run-scoring single.
The tie score didn't last long as S&T snapped the deadlock with a four-run fifth-inning output to go ahead 8-4 as Olivia Young (Milstadt, Ill./Belleville Township) belted a three-run home run and Ashley Davis (Erie, Ill./Erie) knocked in the other with a RBI sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the frame, UMSL got a run back as Serena Olson cleared the fence for the second time in the game.
The sixth inning featured a combined six runs with S&T accounting for a pair on Olivia Young(Milstadt, Ill./Belleville Township)'s two-run homer as the Lady Miners lead 10-5 going into the bottom half of stanza. The Tritons were able to string together four runs on as many hits and were also aided by two S&T errors as the hosts pulled into within 10-9 thru six innings of action.
A dominating offensive display was turned in by S&T in the seventh inning as the Lady Miners scored six times on four hits coupled with an UMSL miscue. Olivia Young (Milstadt, Ill./Belleville Township)drove home two runs with a single followed by a wild pitch scoring another. A Carley Hamann RBI double brought in S&T's fourth run and the last two occurred on Hannah Franceschini (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central)'s two-run single as the Lady Miners would go on to win at UMSL for the first time since 2012 (10-3 on April 6).
For S&T, senior Kati Viets (Sweet Springs, Mo./Sweet Springs) (7-8) was the winning pitcher as she threw the first 5.1 innings of the game and struck out five while giving up 10 hits and seven runs. Avery English (Carterville, Ill./Carterville) relieved Viets in the sixth inning with one out and picked up her third save this spring by striking out two. Starter Andee Tiffee (13-6) was the first of three UMSL hurlers and took the loss as she allowed eight runs on as many hits and fanned two S&T batters.
Olivia Young (Milstadt, Ill./Belleville Township) was among four S&T players to compile multiple hits as Monica Weiss (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) collected three while Hannah Franceschini (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) and junior outfielder Courtney Jackson each garnered two. UMSL had five individuals with two hits apiece.
Both S&T and UMSL took advantage of the windy conditions as the two teams combined for nine extra-base hits with the Lady Miners generating four.