Tritons’ Amanda Scott named GLVC softball Coach of the Year
The Great Lakes Valley Conference named University of Missouri–St. Louis softball coach Amanda Scott its Coach of the Year on Wednesday, after a season in which the Tritons earned a share of the regular-season conference title and the No. 1 seed at this week’s league tournament.
Scott, in her third year leading UMSL, is the third coach in program history to earn GLVC Coach of the Year honors, joining Brian Levin (2011 and 2015) and Chuck Sosnowski (2009). She has a 108-56 record with the Tritons and became the fastest softball coach to reach 100 wins at UMSL when her team beat crosstown rival Maryville on April 12.
The Tritons (31-17, 20-6 GLVC) bounced back from an 0-6 start to the season during a trip to Clermont, Florida, Feb. 28-March 4 for The Spring Games. During the event, they logged a 6-2 record that included wins over ranked teams Gannon and Grand Valley State. UMSL similarly lost the first two games of its conference schedule before rallying to win 10 of its next 12 and finishing the league slate on a 10-game winning streak.
“A lot has been going right for us lately. Our team is just really firing on all sides right now,” Scott said on the “Big Sports Show” on KTRS radio (550 AM) Wednesday night. “We’re pitching well, getting some timely hitting, making some big-time plays when we need to, and, really, the most exciting part has just been the overall energy in the dugout. Our team is excited to finally get through the grind of the regular season and see what we can do in the post.”
The GLVC also named Tritons pitcher Andee Tiffee (14-4, 1.58 ERA) to its all-conference first team and pitcher Carly Kingery (15-10, 2.04 ERA) and infielder Chelsea Martinez (.385, 10 home runs, 37 RBI) to the second team.
UMSL begins GLVC Tournament play against No. 8 seed Lewis on Friday at 10 a.m. in East Peoria, Illinois.
“This league, there’s so much parity this year,” Scott said on KTRS. “The seeds don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things because we all kind of beat up on each other throughout the year. You’re going to see a lot of great ball the next couple of days.”
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