By Lance Jordan, Sports Editor
April 23–28 proved to be a busy week for the Tritons, with many ups and downs from the tennis teams, softball and baseball teams. One UMSL athlete was named Great Lake Valley Conference Athlete of the Week, and the women’s golf team began their run for the GLVC championships.
The Tritons men’s tennis team unfortunately had their GLVC tournament come to an end on April 23. The team lost a 5 – 3 match to Lewis University. Now, the men’s team ends their year with a 7 – 5 record. Also on April 23, the baseball team fell in a 10 – 7 matchup in their first match of the day against Truman State. In the second matchup, the Tritons fired back with 16 runs to the Bulldogs’ two runs.
On Sunday afternoon, the women’s tennis team saw their opportunity at the program’s first GLVC championship fall short with a 5 – 4 loss. The women’s tennis team fell overall to a 14 – 2 record. Later that Sunday evening, the UMSL softball team won both matchups in the doubleheader with the Saint Joseph Pumas. In the first shutout victory the Tritons accumulated ten points that went uncontested by the Pumas. In the final matchup of the evening, UMSL produced another shutout victory against the Pumas, with four total runs.
On April 24, the men’s baseball team split a doubleheader with the Truman State Bulldogs. In the first matchup, Truman State scored a total of 11 runs to UMSL’s two. After the defeat, UMSL played a much better game, defeating Truman State by four runs. The final score was 8 – 4. The Tritons moved to 15 – 23 overall, including 9 – 11 in the GLVC, while the Bulldogs are now 14 – 28 and 7 – 13 in the league.
The women’s softball team faced Indianapolis in a doubleheader on April 24. The first matchup, the Tritons got the victory over Indianapolis, 4 – 1. Following the matchup the Tritons lost a close matchup with Indianapolis 7 – 6. At the end of the day, the Tritons move to 35 – 13 overall, including 17 – 7 in the GLVC, while Indianapolis, the defending GLVC champion, is now 32 – 18 and 13 – 13 in the league.
On April 25, the GLVC office announced Triton pitcher Carly Kingery, sophomore, nursing, had been chosen as Great Lakes Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week in the sport of softball. This marks Kingery’s third career Pitcher of the Week Award, the previous two coming from February 13 and April 17.
The women’s golf team entered the GLVC championships Friday. The Tritons sat in second place with a score of 297, just five strokes behind Indianapolis, 292. Individually, Alexa Capeius, junior, business administration shot a 72 par, placing herself in a three-way second place tie.
Jake Morsch, junior, business administration, recorded six hits and three RBIs on Friday ,despite the Tritons baseball team dropping the first two contests of a four-game GLVC series to Missouri S&T. In the first matchup, UMSL lost by just one run, as the final score posted 6 – 5. In the second match, Missouri S&T gained eight runs to UMSL’s three, concluding the Tritons Friday evening.
Visit umsltritons.com, for recaps on the April 29 and 30 games, which include the women’s golf GLVC championship finals, the baseball team’s doubleheader against Missouri S&T, and the softball team’s doubleheader against Bellarmine.