UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
UMSL closed out the regular season on Saturday with a 77-69 win at Maryville to garner its 20th win of the season, marking the first time since 1990-91 that the program has accomplished that feat. Juniors Ronnie Carson and Jason Towery scored 16 points each to lead the offense. The Tritons (20-8, 11-7 Great Lakes Valley Conference) will now turn their attention to the 2019 GLVC Tournament, which will be held Thursday through Sunday on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. UMSL is the No. 6 seed and begins play on Thursday in the quarterfinals against No. 3 seed Southern Indiana at 8:30 p.m.
The Tritons saw their season come to an end on Saturday with an 82-69 loss at Maryville. Sophomore Alex LaPorta led UMSL with 17 points and nine rebounds and finished the season with 263 boards, the fourth most in a single season and the most by a sophomore in program history. The Tritons finished with a 12-15 record.
UMSL is wrapping up an eight-game trip in Florida today. The Tritons have gone 4-2 in their first six games, including a 3-2 upset over No. 25 Gannon. Senior Carly Kingery went 2-1 in the circle in those six games, which included a complete game, four-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over Western Oregon. Offensively, senior Lizzy Miller has tallied seven hits, while senior Reagan Osborn had six, including the game-winning RBI single in the win over Gannon. UMSL (7-11) is scheduled to host Upper Iowa on Thursday and Ohio Dominican on Sunday.
Junior Emma Thorngren earned her second top-10 finish of the season, placing eighth individually at the Battle at Hilton Head held last Monday and Tuesday. Thorngren carded rounds of 76 and 74 in the 36-hole tournament and helped UMSL to an eighth-place finish in the 21-team field. The Tritons turned in a 642 (316-326). UMSL is next at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate, hosted by Tennessee Tech, from March 17-19 in Sevierville, Tennessee.
Junior Chris Ferris and sophomore Reilly Ahearn both shot even-par 72 on Sunday as the Tritons opened play at their own Las Vegas Desert Classic in the first of three rounds. UMSL turned in a team score of 291, good for third place in the 15-team field. The Tritons entered today’s second of three rounds one stroke out of second place and four off the lead.
UMSL outlasted McKendree on Saturday night to record a 4-3 victory. The Bearcats earned the doubles point, but the Tritons won at Nos. 3-6 in singles to secure the win. Senior Rob White and junior Milan Kovacs teamed up at No. 3 doubles for a 7-5 win before each won his respective singles match. UMSL (3-1) is at Southwest Baptist on Friday and at University of Missouri–Kansas City on Saturday.
The Tritons swept past McKendree on Saturday night, winning 4-0. Senior Salome Bleuler notched her 70th career singles victory with a win at No. 1 and is now 10 wins shy of becoming the program’s all-time leader. She currently ranks third. UMSL (2-1) travels to Southwest Baptist on Friday.
The Tritons were swept by visiting Wayne State in a three-game series as UMSL opened the home portion of its schedule. In the opener, redshirt junior Jason Stuckmeyer tossed seven innings in relief, allowing just two hits and two unearned runs while striking out six, including three looking. He did not issue any walks. In the second game, freshman Jacob Stoker had two hits, including a double. UMSL (0-10) is scheduled to host Harris-Stowe on Wednesday in a nonconference game before beginning GLVC play on Saturday and Sunday at home against Lewis.
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