The Missouri S&T softball team were forced to hit the road this weekend due to weather, but had a pair of doubleheaders at Rockhurst and at William Jewell. The Lady Miners split with Rockhurst on Friday, March 30, before getting swept by Jewell on Saturday.
Overcoming adversity is a trademark of success and the Missouri S&T softball team managed to vanquish an 8-4 opening game extra-inning setback by coming back to register a 1-0 game two win over Rockhurst this Friday (March 30) and salvage a Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) doubleheader at RU's Loyola Park Softball Field.
A noteworthy five-hit pitching performance from senior Kati Viets (Sweet Springs, Mo./Sweet Springs) in the nightcap not only tempered a disheartening game one setback, but importantly gave S&T at another mark in the GLVC win column. The game's lone score came in the third inning as a result of a Rockhurst error.
The Lady Miners appeared on their way of being victorious in the opening game with a three-run lead through five frames. Unfortunately, the Hawks scored twice in the sixth and pushed the game-tying run across home plate with two outs in the seventh inning before exploding for four runs in the eighth on three S&T errors.
The series split gives S&T an 18-14 record overall this season as the Lady Miners are presently 8-4 in conference matchups. S&T has won six of its last eight outings to date.
Rockhurst, victorious in three of its last four games, now stands at 13-18 overall with a 7-3 GLVC mark.
S&T was the designated home team in the twinbill as continuous wet weather in Rolla made the S&T Softball Field unplayable forcing the games to be moved to Rockhurst's home playing field.
Game 1 - Rockhurst 8, Missouri S&T 4 (Eight Innings)
S&T discovered the final out is usually the toughest as the Lady Miners appeared on the verge of a one-run victory in the top of the seventh inning only to give Rockhurst a glimmer of the hope as the Hawks capitalized by scoring the game-tying run to force extra innings and eventually win the game with a four-run eighth.
RU, which had trailed 4-1 through five innings, plated two runners in the top of sixth and added another in the seventh to pull into a 4-4 deadlock. In the top of the eighth, S&T hampered its quest to regain the lead as the Lady Miners committed three errors on as many consecutive players which in turn resulted in four Hawks' runs.
The Lady Miners trailed 1-0 after the opening inning as the Hawks collected three hits in the top half. However, S&T overcame its one-run deficit in the bottom of the second on when sophomore outfielder Hannah Smith (Oconomowoc, Wis./Catholic Memorial) laced a RBI double to right centerfield to score junior first baseman Gretchen Egly (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield Central), who cracked a two-base hit to lead off the frame.
Three innings later, the Lady Miners took their lone lead of the game, scoring three times in the fifth to register a 4-1 scoreboard advantage. Sophomore shortstop Abby Klein (Kansas City, MO/Staley)singled in the inning's first run before sophomore designated player Olivia Young (Milstadt, Ill./Belleville Township) followed with a two-RBI single in left field.
In the top of the sixth, Rockhurst scored twice as Danielle Cross cleared the bases with a two-run homer over the left field fence as the Hawks closed to within 4-3. In RU's next inning, the Hawks evened the score on an Emily Truitt two-out RBI single off S&T sophomore pitcher Avery English(Carterville, Ill./Carterville). The Lady Miners went down in order in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
Three consecutive S&T errors victimized the Lady Miners in the top of the eight as Rockhurst cashed in with four runs on two hits and the miscues. The key base hit for the Hawks came off the bat of Hanna Stam, who smacked an English offering to left center field which scored three RU runs. A RBI single from Taylor Rupe represented the Hawks' eighth and final run of the game.
The loss went to S&T starter Avery English (Carterville, Ill./Carterville), who gave up eight runs on 12 hits while walking three and striking out six in going the distance. For Rockhurst, Shannon Greene also turned in a complete game as she allowed four runs (one earned) on seven hits and fanned three.
Junior outfielder Courtney Jackson (Parkville, Mo./Park Hill South)'s two hits topped the Lady Miners, who were outhit by a 12-7 margin.
Game 2 - Missouri S&T 1, Rockhurst 0
Still reeling from the disappointing game one loss to the Hawks, S&T reversed its fortunes in the nightcap as the Lady Miners turned the outcome into a joyous one due primarily to Kati Viets (Sweet Springs, Mo./Sweet Springs) successfully managing to keep the Hawks' hitters off balance en route to a shutout win.
Viets, who upped her pitching mark to 6-5 this spring, went the complete-game seven innings as she allowed five hits, one walk, and fanned three RU batters.
The contest's lone score occurred in the bottom of the third inning when freshman catcher Ashley Davis (Erie, Ill./Erie) reached base on a one-out single. After advancing to second on a RU wild pitch, Davis came home when Abby Klein (Kansas City, MO/Staley)'s two-out popup to second base was misplayed giving S&T the game-winning run albeit unearned.
In the top of the seventh, Rockhurst loaded the bases with one out as the potential tying run in Halle Koelliker occupied third base. However, the Lady Miners thwarted the potential rally as Viets induced Danielle Cross into an infield fly out to third baseman Monica Weiss (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) and Megan Freitag grounded out to Abby Klein (Kansas City, MO/Staley) for the game's final out.
For S&T, Ashley Davis (Erie, Ill./Erie) and junior outfielder Carley Hamann (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way North) each compiled two hits to lead the Lady Miner hitting attack. Courtney Jackson (Parkville, Mo./Park Hill South) and Monica Weiss (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) accounted for the rest of S&T's six hits in the contest.
The Missouri S&T softball team concluded the weekend's action on a disappointing note as the Lady Miners were swept by William Jewell, 4-2 and 12-2 in five innings, this Saturday (March 31) in a Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) doubleheader at WJC's Cardinal Field.
S&T's record dips to 18-16 overall and 8-6 in the GLVC while the two wins improves William Jewell's record to 19-13 overall and 6-6 in the conference.
The Lady Miners led early in game one, but couldn't hold onto having the edge as WJC scored twice in the second and third innings to take the victory.
A combined 11 William Jewell runs in the opening three innings, including five apiece in the first and third frames, proved too much for S&T to overcome as the Cardinals run-ruled the Lady Miners.
Game 1 – William Jewell 4, Missouri S&T 2
S&T went up 1-0 in the bottom of the opening inning as senior third baseman Monica Weiss (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette)' RBI double scored junior outfielder Courtney Jackson (Parkville, Mo./Park Hill South), who leadoff the game by reaching base on an error. However, the Lady Miners' lead was short-lived as WJC tallied twice in the second inning on four hits, including three consecutive singles to leadoff the frame, and in turn claimed a 2-1 advantage.
A one-out solo home run by freshman catcher Ashley Davis (Erie, Ill./Erie), which was her second of this season, to left centerfield in the last half of the second inning knotted the game at 2-2 all. But the tie didn't last for long as William Jewell snapped the deadlock with a pair of third inning runs as catcher Courtney Beatty smacked a two-run home run as the Cardinals went ahead 4-2.
The Lady Miners mounted a scoring threat in the bottom of the fifth on two-out consecutive singles from junior first baseman Gretchen Egly (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield Central), Monica Weiss (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette), and junior outfielder Carley Hamann (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way North) to load the bases, but the opportunity ended when sophomore outfielder Hannah Smith (Oconomowoc, Wis./Catholic Memorial) grounded out to second base for the third out.
In the top of the sixth inning, S&T sophomore pitcher Avery English (Carterville, Ill./Carterville) worked out of a jam as the Cardinals put runners on third and second with two outs via singles before the Lady Miners recorded a groundout putout to end the frame.
WJC starting pitcher Anna Biondo retired the S&T side in order for the sixth inning and allowed a two-out single from Gretchen Egly (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield Central) in the seventh before picking up the decision on an infield groundout to end the game.
Gretchen Egly (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield Central), Monica Weiss (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette), and Ashley Davis (Erie, Ill./Erie) each compiled a team-high two base hits for S&T, which posted eight hits to WJC's 12 total. Carley Hamann (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way North) and junior second baseman Hannah Franceschini (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) accounted for the other two Lady Miner hits in the contest. William Jewell featured four individuals with two hits apiece.
In the pitching circle, Avery English (Carterville, Ill./Carterville) (12-8) was tagged with the loss as she struck out two in throwing a complete game. For WJC, Anna Biondo (8-6) fanned three and issued one walk in pitching all seven innings.
WJC finished the contest with nine runners stranded on the base paths while S&T left seven runners on base.
Game 2 – William Jewell 12, Missouri S&T 2 (Five Innings)
A rough start in game two dashed any hopes of S&T getting a doubleheader split as William Jewell opened with five first-inning runs and then duplicated the output in the third to lead 11-2 thru three innings of action.
Four first-inning hits off S&T senior pitcher Kati Viets (Sweet Springs, Mo./Sweet Springs), which included a two-out three-run homer by Phoebe Dabbour gave the Cardinals a five-run margin as the Lady Miners played the five innings trying in vain to erase a sizeable deficit. WJC garnered its sixth run of the game in the second on back-to-back hits with the first going for two bases.
The lone bright spot for S&T would come in the bottom of the second as sophomore designated player Olivia Young (Milstadt, Ill./Belleville Township) leadoff with her ninth round tripper of the season beyond the fence in right center and Carley Hamann (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way North) followed with a solo shot down the right field line to post her first four-base hit of the year.
While S&T was unable to score the rest of the way, William Jewell continued to increase its lead as the Cardinals erupted for another five runs in the third inning. WJC's Phoebe Dabbour went yard again and for the fourth time this spring, belting a two-run homer as the Cardinals led 8-2. A pair of walks to go with back-to-back singles resulted in three additional runs.
The Lady Miners, who were outhit 13-4 for the game, gave up a fifth-inning run to conclude the scoring as WJC generated a double proceeded by a RBI single.
For S&T, Kati Viets (Sweet Springs, Mo./Sweet Springs) (6-6) pitchd all five innings and walked three while tallying two stikeouts. Madelynne Greenstreet chalked up six strikeouts and walked three in earning the complete-game victory.
The Lady Miners' four hits in the game were from Olivia Young (Milstadt, Ill./Belleville Township), Carley Hamann (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way North), Monica Weiss (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette), and Hannah Franceschini (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central).
S&T is now idle until Sunday, April 8, when the Lady Miners battle the Drury Panthers at DU's Thompson Field in Springfield, Mo. Game one of the GLVC doubleheader begins at 12 p.m. (CT) proceeded by the second game at 2 p.m. (CT). The Lady Miners then return to the S&T Softball Field Tuesday, April 10, taking on the Rogers State Hillcats in non-conference play. A 1 p.m. (CT) start is scheduled for the opener with the nightcap to begin at 3 p.m. (CT).