UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
UMSL had its weekend doubleheaders canceled due to the heavy rains. The Tritons end the regular season with a 35-13 record, including a 17-7 mark in Great Lakes Valley Conference play. The Tritons will travel to East Peoria, Illinois, for the GLVC Tournament this weekend as the No. 3 seed. UMSL opens play at noon Thursday against No. 6 seed Illinois Springfield. The tournament runs Thursday through Sunday.
The Tritons were swept by Missouri S&T in a four-game GLVC series. Junior Jake Morsch tallied 10 hits, while batting .714. He opened the series by going 4-for-5 with three RBIs and added two hits in each of the final three games. UMSL (15-27, 9-14 GLVC) wraps up the season this week with five home games. The Tritons welcome Southwest Baptist in nonconference play on Tuesday before hosting Drury Friday and Saturday in a four-game league series.
UMSL earned a runner-up finish at a rain-soaked GLVC Championships last weekend, combining for a team score of 593 (297-296) in the 36-hole tournament. Individually, junior Alexa Capesius tied for second, finishing one stroke shy of the medalist, with a career-low 145 (72-73). She earned All-GLVC honors along with junior teammate Stefaniya Ivanova, who tied for fifth with a total of 149 (73-76). UMSL on Monday landed its eighth straight NCAA Super Regional bid and is seeded third in the East Super Regional, which will be held May 8-10 in Canton, Ohio.
The 11th-ranked Tritons will make its sixth postseason appearance in seven years after nabbing the top seed in the Midwest/Central Regional announced on Friday. They will be one of 20 teams competing in the Regional, hosted by Nebraska-Kearney, May 8-10 at Awarii Dunes Golf Course in Axtell, Nebraska. UMSL owns a program single-season best scoring average of 291.90, has won three tournaments and finished first in stroke play in last weekend’s GLVC Championships before suffering a 3-2 loss to eventual champion Bellarmine in the match play semifinals.
The Tritons fell to No. 14 Drury 5-4 Monday in Midland, Michigan, in what was the program’s second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. UMSL ended the season with a 14-3 overall record, including a 5-1 mark in GLVC play, and before it ended, received a national ranking for the first time ever, debuting at No. 49 in last week’s the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.
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