Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri S&T softball team's offense was in high gear this Wednesday (March 14) as the Lady Miners swept a non-conference doubleheader from Lincoln (Mo.), 13-4 and 10-0 in five innings, at the LU Softball Field.
Missouri S&T, winners of four of its last six games, evens its overall record to 11-11 on the season with the twinbill sweep. In the process, the Lady Miners improve to 4-2 in road outings while prevailing in all five matchups with the Blue Tigers this campaign. Lincoln (Mo.) drops to 3-15 overall on the campaign with the pair of setbacks.
A first-inning grand slam home run by junior first baseman Gretchen Egly (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield Central), who has smacked four home runs to date this season, to go with four hits and four RBIs from sophomore shortstop Abby Klein (Kansas City, MO/Staley) spearheaded the Lady Miners' offensive charge in the opener as sophomore pitcher Avery English (Carterville, Ill./Carterville) earned the victory. In game two, the Lady Miners scored twice in the first inning and eight more times in the fifth as four S&T batters recorded two hits apiece.
Game 1 - Missouri S&T 13, Lincoln (Mo.) 4
A Missouri S&T five-run first inning set the tone as the Lady Miners scored multiple runs in three more innings while accumulating 17 hits en route to the decisive win.
Gretchen Egly (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield Central)'s grand slam homer over the center field fence gave S&T a 4-0 first-inning lead with no outs and the Lady Miners would tack on its fifth run of the game in the first on a RBI single by Courtney Jackson (Parkville, Mo./Park Hill South) to score sophomore infielder-outfielder Hannah Smith (Oconomowoc, Wis./Catholic Memorial), who collected one of the team's six hits in the opening frame.
In the top of the third, S&T tallied three more runs on four hits to increase its margin to eight runs. A Courtney Jackson (Parkville, Mo./Park Hill South) RBI bunt single brought home Hannah Smith(Oconomowoc, Wis./Catholic Memorial), who had reached via an infield single. A two-out double steal accounted for the Lady Miners' seventh run as sophomore third baseman Jacey Allen (Roanoke, Texas/Byron Nelson) raced home from third base while Jackson was swiping second base. Abby Klein (Kansas City, MO/Staley) then drove home Jackson with a RBI triple to right field to make it 8-0. Lincoln (Mo.) would cut its deficit in half with four runs in the bottom half of the inning on as many hits, highlighted by back-to-back RBI doubles by Jordan Lawson and Tori Nienhueser with Lawson's two-base hit scoring two.
The Lady Miners scored twice more in the top of the fifth inning as their lead extended to 10-4. Hannah Smith (Oconomowoc, Wis./Catholic Memorial) and junior outfielder Rachel Aiardo (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) reached base on a pair of singles and eventually would both score on an Abby Klein (Kansas City, MO/Staley) two-out single.
S&T tacked on three runs in the seventh frame as junior outfielder Carley Hamann (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way North) singled up the middle to score two Lady Miner runners after Abby Klein(Kansas City, MO/Staley)'s RBI single produced the inning's initial run.
Avery English (Carterville, Ill./Carterville) (9-5) received the starting nod in the pitcher's circle and turned in a solid showing, scattering seven Blue Tiger hits in tossing a complete-game.
Game 2 - Missouri S&T 10, Lincoln (Mo.) 0 Five Innings
Missouri S&T received balanced hitting and used the long ball to register a 10-0 five-inning triumph over Lincoln (Mo.) in game two.
The Lady Miners would get all of the runs needed in the first inning striking twice to claim a 2-0 lead. Abby Klein (Kansas City, MO/Staley)'s RBI double plated Courtney Jackson (Parkville, Mo./Park Hill South) for the contest's first run and Klein would eventually come around to score on a RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of Egly.
S&T would push eight runners across home plate in the fourth frame to cap off an impressive offensive effort on the day. Sophomore designated player Olivia Young (Milstadt, Ill./Belleville Township) started the fourth inning with her team-leading sixth home run of this season, a solo blast over the right field fence. A RBI sacrifice flyout by Jacey Allen (Roanoke, Texas/Byron Nelson) and sophomore catcher Kali Nelson (Dixon, Mo./Dixon)'s RBI single gave the visitors a five-run cushion. A Lincoln fielding miscue resulted in another run and S&T made it 7-0 following an Abbey Klein RBI single. Olivia Young (Milstadt, Ill./Belleville Township)'s RBI single knocked in a run and the game's final two scores occurred as a result of Egly's two RBI single to left field.
The Lady Miners totaled 11 hits in the contest as four S&T batters - Courtney Jackson (Parkville, Mo./Park Hill South), Abby Klein (Kansas City, MO/Staley), Olivia Young (Milstadt, Ill./Belleville Township), and Gretchen Egly (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield Central) all generated two hits each. Egly's compiled three RBIs while Klein and Young both knocked in two runs apiece.
Senior pitcher Kati Viets (Sweet Springs, Mo./Sweet Springs) (2-4) started for S&T and earned the win by allowing only two hits and striking out three in five innings of work.
Missouri S&T resumes Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) competition this weekend with a pair of home doubleheaders at the S&T Softball Field in Rolla, Mo. The Lady Miners host Illinois Springfield (UIS) Prairie Starts this Saturday (March 17) with game one slated to commence at 12 p.m. (CT) followed by the nightcap at 2 p.m. (CT). S&T wraps up its four-game homestand this Sunday (March 18) against the Lewis Flyers, starting at 12 p.m. (CT) with the opener.