By Alex Neupert, Sports Editor
The No. 7 ranked University of Missouri—St. Louis softball team continued to pile on the w’s this week with a two-game sweep of Lincoln University on March 16 and a split with McKendree University on March 19 for a 25-2 record for the season thus far. The team is also 5-1 in Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) play.
Hannah Perryman, senior, criminology, was terrific on the mound for the Tritons yet again, tossing three more complete game shutouts, including her 14th career no-hitter. With that no-no, she is now tied for third place all-time on the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II charts, and her 39 strikeouts over 19 innings this week bring her total to 142 on the year. The 1,408 career K’s is good for fourth place all-time for the NCAA DII history books.
The Tritons started it off early in the week by riding Perryman’s first two strong outings for the sweep on March 16. The offense capitalized off the excellent pitching and knocking 22 hits over both games against Lincoln en route to wins by the scores of 8-0 and 5-0. In the first game, five of the UMSL women tallied two or more hits, and Erin Walker, senior, elementary special education, and Reagan Osborn, freshman, nursing, each drove in two runs.
Walker led-off for UMSL with a home run in her first at-bat of the day to get the ball rolling, later homering again. Reagan added one for herself too in the fourth inning, her first collegiate longball. Ryan Logan, junior, undecided, also did great at the plate, connecting with three hits, a run batted in (RBI), and two runs scored for the Tritons.
The second matchup was much of the same, as Walker lined a ball into the outfield for a single to start the inning, later scoring on a hit from teammate Jennah Perryman, sophomore, criminology. The two Triton runs, coupled with three in the fifth were good enough to secure the victory as Hannah Perryman worked from the other side, stumping 16 Lincoln batters for her no-hit beauty. She was just a walk and an error away from a perfect game.
Rachel Matthies, redshirt sophomore, criminology; Alex Stupek, junior, nursing; and Sara Kern, junior, business marketing, each belted two hits in the nightcap.
Conference opponent McKendree proved to be a tougher opponent on March 19 and managed to take the second game away from UMSL in two contests dominated by pitching. Perryman only allowed four hits over the course of her third complete game of the week, striking out 12 for the 1-0 win. The Tritons didn’t even need an RBI to score as the Bearcats made a costly mistake in the sixth inning with a throwing error allowing Matthies to score off a Stupek double.
McKendree flipped the table on the Tritons in the evening matchup, shutting-out UMSL for the first time this season and snapping the team’s 15-game win streak. The loss was also UMSL’s first in GLVC play; they are now in a three-way tie for second in conference standings. Holly Magre, the starting pitcher for McKendree, carefully navigated dangerous waters to strand four UMSL baserunners.
Carly Kingery, freshman, undecided, matched her adversary as best she could in her first loss of the season (5-1). She only surrendered two runs, one unearned, and struck out seven batters in the strong effort. Magre was simply able to keep Triton batters a little bit off balance and the team was unable to string anything substantial together.
After two more away games on March 20 against Illinois-Springfield, the Tritons’ next matchup will be against GLVC rival Lindenwood University in an away game on March 23 in Saint Charles, Mo. Be sure to come show your support as the team gets back to their winning ways.