The No. 45 Tritons ran their winning streak to six matches last Wednesday with a 5-2 victory at Southern Indiana, marking the program’s first win over the Screaming Eagles during head coach Rick Gyllyenborg’s 23 seasons. UMSL then had its win streak snapped on Saturday with a 6-1 loss at No. 23 Drury. Senior Rob White won both of his singles matches during the week. The Tritons (9-4, 1-1 Great Lakes Valley Conference) will play host to Truman State on Friday and Quincy on Saturday.
UMSL went 1-1 last week, earning a 4-3 win over Bellarmine last Wednesday before being edged by No. 22 Drury 4-3 on Saturday. Junior Marina Prediger went 2-0 at singles, including a win over Drury’s 24th-ranked singles player. UMSL (7-4, 0-2 GLVC) will host Truman State on Friday and Quincy on Saturday.
After defeating host McKendree 5-1 in the opener of a doubleheader Sunday, UMSL needed a late rally and an extra inning to complete the sweep with a 3-2 nightcap winner. Senior Chelsea Martinez delivered her co-GLVC-leading sixth home run to tie the game in the seventh, while freshman Jessica Mrzlak recorded the game-winning RBI single in the eighth to finish the comeback. Freshman Anna VanGundy finished the day 4 for 6 at the plate. UMSL (18-14, 7-3 GLVC) is at Illinois Springfield today after Saturday’s games were postponed. The Tritons then travel to Truman State and Quincy this weekend.
The Tritons rallied from a three-run deficit en route to a 6-5 victory at McKendree on Tuesday before falling 12-1 on the road at Indianapolis on Sunday in the opening of a three-game GLVC series. UMSL outhit McKendree 11-9 with sophomore John Hilpert and junior Jackson Dvorak combining to go 6 for 9 with three hits each in the top two spots of the batting order. The offense couldn’t build on that in Indianapolis in the start of a series that was pushed back by rain and snow in the area. UMSL’s run came in the fifth inning on an RBI single from redshirt senior Brian Seymour, while junior Jarrett O’Brien finished with two hits. The two teams will close out the series with a doubleheader today. The Tritons (5-19, 4-9 GLVC) will also play a doubleheader at Maryville on Wednesday and then return home on Saturday and Sunday for a three-game series against Rockhurst.
Senior Maxi Roth tied for third place and junior Emma Thorngren tied for fifth individually to help UMSL to a runner-up finish at the Perry Park Spring Fling, hosted by Lewis on Saturday and Sunday. Roth turned in a 151 (74-77), while Thorngren was one stroke back with a 152 (74-78). The Tritons carded a combined score of 614 (305-309), finishing five strokes behind Findlay, which surged to the team title with a final round score of 298 in the 18-team field. The Tritons will host the UMSL Spring Invitational Sunday and Monday at Norwood Hills Country Club.