By Sarah Hayes, A&E Editor
It may have been cold and blustery in St. Louis, but in Clearmont, Florida, the University of Missouri—St. Louis Tritons women’s softball team were in the sun, keeping the field hot with their recent winning streak. This year has seen teams from across the country meet up in Clearmont for the National Training Center Spring Games and, despite all of their best efforts, the women of UMSL have been consistently staying on top since February 27—and this last week has been no different.
The Tritons put four home runs on the scoreboard during their February 29 match against Saint Anselm. They also scored three doubles with the help of Jennah Perryman, sophomore, criminology, and Erin Walker, senior, elementary special education. The game ended 7-0 with a win for the Tritons and their ninth shutout of the year.
March 1 continued a winning trend for the Tritons as they took on both Notre Dame College and Wheeling Jesuit in back to back games. The Tritons proved that they had a powerhouse combo in Carly Kingery, freshman, and Hannah Perryman, senior, criminology, as they shut down both teams from getting even one hit on the scoreboard. Kingery had the Notre Dame Falcons scrambling to recover as she struck out 13 batters in the opening game of the day. Perryman would prove fatal against the batters of Wheeling Jesuit as she spent the night’s game striking out a total of eight, ending March 1 in a double shutout for the Tritons.
Notre Dame found further trouble in the Tritons batters, who recorded 11 hits during their game, including two doubles from Rachel Matthies, junior, criminology. Notre Dame found themselves on the losing end as the Tritons recorded their first win of the day, 5-0. Wheeling Jesuit made a good effort, but ultimately they capped off the night as the defeated team, with the Triton women walking away with a hard won 1-0 victory.
March 2 saw another long day for the Tritons as they went up against both the University of Findlay Oilers and Point Park University Pioneers. These games wrapped up UMSL’s latest length of away games in Florida.
The Tritons’ match against Findlay was an absolute boon for Hannah Perryman, who, with eight strikeouts in one game, has raised her rank in the NCAA DivII chart rankings for shutout players. Plus, with her 13,000th strikeout of her career, Perryman is now the sixth player in DivII history to reach that particular milestone. With a pitcher like that, it is no wonder that the Tritons were able to completely shut out Findlay Oilers, ending the game with a clean 9-0.
Point Park would prove to be a trickier opponent, as despite Perryman taking out 16 overall batters, a home run in the seventh inning would put a point on the board for the Pioneers. However, seven hits later, including an runs-batted-in single from Kelly McGovern, senior, special education, the Tritons sent the Pioneers packing to Pennsylvania with yet another win, a most respectable 4-1.
The women of the Tritons’ softball team will be leaving Florida with their heads held high, but another game is right around the corner. Their next game will be a home match on March 8 against the Williams Baptist College Eagles.