UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
UMSL had its weekend doubleheaders pushed back a day due to rain on Saturday, but that didn’t deter the Tritons who swept Saint Joseph’s on Sunday with a pair of shutouts. Sophomore Carly Kingery tossed a complete game one-hitter in the opener while her offense recorded 13 hits, including Jennah Perryman’s first home run of the season. In the nightcap, senior Alex Stupek tied the program’s career record when she smashed her 50th home run. The Tritons (34-12, 16-6 GLVC) are at Indianapolis today before wrapping up regular season action this weekend at home against Bellarmine and Southern Indiana on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The Tritons split the first two games of a four-game series against Truman State, taking Sunday’s second game 16-2 after piling up 17 hits. Originally slated to begin on Saturday, the games were pushed back one day due to the threat of inclement weather. Senior Tanner Hudson had five hits in the two contests while junior Cooper Vinz finished with four hits and four RBIs. Senior Jacob Renfrow picked up his fifth win of the season on the mound in Game 2. UMSL (14-22, 8-10 GLVC) wraps up the series with Truman State today and will host McKendree Wednesday in nonconference play. The Tritons’ final series of the regular season will come this weekend with a four-game series at Missouri S&T on Saturday and Sunday.
UMSL had its hope of the program’s first Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship match appearance fall just short on Sunday with a 5-4 loss to No. 14 ranked Drury in the tournament semifinals. The Tritons advanced to the semis with a 5-0 win over Illinois Springfield in Friday’s quarterfinals. Graduate students Kristine Lindal and Carlota Trevino went 2-0 at No. 1 doubles while freshman Marina Prediger picked up her 20th win in singles, running her win streak to 18. UMSL (14-2) will learn its NCAA Tournament fate on Tuesday night when the field is selected. First-round play is scheduled to begin May 1.
UMSL’s season ended late Saturday night in a 5-3 loss to Lewis in quarterfinal round action of the GLVC Tournament. The Tritons took a 2-1 lead after doubles, but the Flyers stormed back with four straight set victories in singles. Senior Dario Vidaurre closed out his career with wins at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles. UMSL ends the year at 7-5.
UMSL is one step closer to capturing its third consecutive GLVC championship after locking up the top seed entering Tuesday’s match play competition. The 11th-ranked Tritons finished the 54-hole stroke play portion of the tournament seven shots in front of their nearest challenger, Indianapolis, and posted a combined score of 871 at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Missouri. The top four teams advanced to Tuesday’s match play, which will decide the conference champion. Senior Julien de Poyen led UMSL and finished third overall with a total of 216. Teammates Markus Lindberg and Jose Acevedo also claimed all-conference honors after tying for fourth with totals of 218.
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