UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
Freshman Joel Sylven shot a season-low 216 at the Newberry College Invitational, held last Monday and Tuesday, en route to claiming medalist honors. Sylven finished with rounds of 71, 71 and 74 to claim the second win of his young career. As a team, UMSL turned in a 909 (291-299-319), placing seventh in the 18-team field. The Tritons will travel to the Las Vegas Desert Classic from Sunday through Tuesday.
UMSL bounced back from a 73-62 loss to Drury on Thursday for a 68-56 victory over Missouri S&T on Saturday as the Tritons closed out the home portion of their schedule. Prior to Saturday’s game, seniors Eric Dust and Johnathan Matthews were recognized. Dust went on to score 19 points and grab six rebounds, while Matthews added 10 points. UMSL finished the year with a 13-4 record at home. The Tritons (19-8, 10-7 Great Lakes Valley Conference) conclude the regular season on Saturday at Maryville.
UMSL ended the home portion of its schedule with a 70-61 win over Missouri S&T on Saturday that also snapped a five-game losing streak that included a 79-37 loss to No. 1-ranked Drury on Thursday night. Following the home finale victory, seniors Arielle Jackson and Kaitlynn Henning were recognized. The duo was also instrumental in the win, as Jackson scored a game-high 20 points and added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals while Henning made all six field goals and finished with 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. The Tritons (12-14, 6-11 GLVC) will wrap up the regular season at Maryville on Saturday.
UMSL picked up a 5-2 win over Lindenwood–Belleville before losing 6-1 at Harding last week. Junior Ben-Hur Kasprzak went 2-0 at No. 2 doubles with sophomore Vitor Monteiro and also picked up a singles win at Harding. The Tritons (2-1) will host McKendree on Saturday.
UMSL took a 6-1 loss at Harding on Sunday. Junior Marina Prediger won in three sets at No. 2 singles and also teamed with sophomore Leticia Lunge for a win at No. 1 doubles, but the Bison earned the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3. Four of the six singles matches went three sets with Harding taking three of those to help earn the win. The Tritons (1-1) will host McKendree on Saturday.
UMSL lost all four games of a series at Texas A&M–Kingsville last weekend. The Tritons (0-7) are scheduled to host Wayne State (Michigan) in a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday.
UMSL was plagued by six errors on Sunday leading to 10 unearned runs as the Tritons lost both games of a doubleheader to Pittsburg State 6-2 and 8-0. Freshman Anna VanGundy had a team-high three hits and an RBI. UMSL (3-9) will play eight games at the NTC Spring Games in Clermont, Florida, from Thursday through next Monday.
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