St. Louis, Mo. –A pair of solid pitching performances were turned in by the Missouri S&T softball team this Sunday (April 15) against Maryville but with mixed results as the Lady Miners claimed a 5-2 victory in game one before coming up short 3-1 in the second game of a Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) doubleheader at MU's Weber Field.
Sophomore pitcher Avery English limited the Saints to five hits in the opener as S&T pounded out 13 hits on the field turf surface to spearhead a well-balanced hitting assault. A three-run second-inning output by the Lady Miners proved to be the winning margin.
The second game featured a pitchers' duel as S&T senior Kati Viets (Sweet Springs, Mo./Sweet Springs)and MU's Alyssa Callans managed to keep their opponent's hitters off balance. Viets would finish with a three hitter while Callans scattered five hits as the Saints overcame a one-run deficit with two runs in the fourth inning to win the nightcap.
The twin bill split puts S&T's season record at 22-20 overall and 11-9 in the GLVC while Maryville is 21-18-1 overall with an 8-12 league mark to date.
Game 1 – Missouri S&T 5, Maryville 2
Five S&T batters collected two base hits apiece and Avery English (Carterville, Ill./Carterville) limited the Saints to five hits and pair of runs in the Lady Miners' opening-game triumph.
S&T broke up a scoreless deadlock in the top of the second inning with three runs. Junior outfielder Carley Hamann leadoff with a double down the left field line and would tally the contest's initial score on an RBI groundout by freshman designated player Ashley Davis (Erie, Ill./Erie), who had two hits and RBIs apiece. The Lady Miners would then go up 3-0 when sophomore shortstop Abby Klein singled thru the left side of the Maryville infield to score a pair. S&T loaded the bases prior to Klein's two-RBI hit as junior catcher Lauren King followed Davis' run-scoring groundout with a single and junior outfielder Courtney Jackson walked. Senior third baseman Monica Weiss delivered a single to fill up the bases.
The Lady Miners' lead increased to 4-0 in the top of the fourth as Monica Weiss (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette)singled to center field to score Courtney Jackson (Parkville, Mo./Park Hill South), who started off the frame with a single and then advanced to second on a MU error.
Maryville picked up its first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth as the Saints put two runners on with singles and a third one-base hit from Hannah Tolley made the score 4-1. A two-out Ashley Davis (Erie, Ill./Erie) run-scoring double in the top of the seventh gave S&T a 5-1 cushion. Davis smacked a pitch from MU starter Sheridon Sprague to left center scoring Carley Hamann (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way North), who reached base on a single. In the bottom of the inning, the Saints added a run on Hannah Tolley's RBI groundout before Avery English (Carterville, Ill./Carterville) notched the game's final out with an infield groundout
S&T, which chalked up 13 hits for the game, featured five individuals with multiple hits. Ashley Davis (Erie, Ill./Erie), Monica Weiss (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette), Carley Hamann (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way North), Courtney Jackson (Parkville, Mo./Park Hill South), and junior first baseman Gretchen Egly (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield Central)all generated two hits each as eight Lady Miners registered at least a hit. Abby Klein (Kansas City, MO/Staley) and Davis both drove in two runs apiece while Monica Weiss (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) chipped in with an RBI.
Both pitchers turned in a complete-game performance with S&T's Avery English (Carterville, Ill./Carterville)(15-10) getting the win. English gave up two runs, one earned, while striking out five MU batters and walking one. Sheridon Sprague (7-9) was saddled with the loss as she allowed five runs to go with two strikeouts and walks apiece.
Game 2 – Maryville 3, Missouri S&T 1
S&T outhit Maryville and received a quality start from Kati Viets (Sweet Springs, Mo./Sweet Springs), but could only find a way once to cross home plate in the nightcap.
Viets (8-8) tossed all six innings for the Lady Miners and gave up three runs on as many base hits with four walks and a strikeout. Offensively for S&T, the visitors' hitting attack was a balanced one as Monica Weiss(St. Louis, Mo./Marquette), Gretchen Egly (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield Central), junior second baseman Hannah Franceschini (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central), Courtney Jackson (Parkville, Mo./Park Hill South), and Lauren King (O'Fallon, Mo./Fort Zumwalt North) each produced a base hit.
Alyssa Callans (13-7) earned the win for Maryville after throwing all seven innings and allowing one run on those five hits with seven strikeouts.
As in the opening game, the Lady Miners struck first albeit in the first inning as Monica Weiss (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before touching home plate on Gretchen Egly (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield Central)'s two-out single to left field.
The lead would represent S&T's only one of the outing as the Saints erupted for two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to claim a 2-1 advantage. MU's Jaclyn Pasakarnis tripled to start the inning and scored the game-tying run on Samantha Hausl's RBI single. Courtney Ferguson, who would come in to pinch run for Hausl, would net the Saints' second score as a result of a Viets' wild pitch after stealing second and going to third on a sacrifice bunt.
The game's final run came in the bottom of the sixth inning as Hannah Tolley belted a solo home run over the fence near the right field line.
S&T attempted to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh as Hannah Franceschini (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) doubled to start the inning, but Ashley Davis (Erie, Ill./Erie) was retired on an infield fly and Lauren King (O'Fallon, Mo./Fort Zumwalt North)'s liner was snared by shortstop Jaclyn Pasakarnis, which doubled off Franceschini at second base for the final out.
Missouri S&T returns home next weekend, April 21-22, for its final 2018 regular-season home stand as the Lady Miners host Southern Indiana and McKendree in a pair of GLVC doubleheaders at the S&T Softball Field in Rolla, Mo. Both games each day will be held at 12 and 2 p.m. (CT).