The University of Missouri–St. Louis softball team won its final four games in The Spring Games in Leesburg, Florida, beating Purdue Northwest (1-0) and Franklin Pierce (5-2) last Monday and Hillsdale (6-3 in eight innings) and New Haven (9-2) last Tuesday. That brought their record to 9-3 during the event, which began on March 7. Ashley Borowitz pitched a three-hit shutout against Purdue Northwest, and shortstop Irene Travis‘ fifth-inning sacrifice fly was enough to pull out the victory. Travis was an offensive star throughout the week with 10 hits, including a home run, a double and three RBI against Franklin Pierce; an RBI triple against Hillsdale; and three hits and four RBI against New Haven. Mimi Bradley pitched eight innings, surrendering only one earned run with 13 strikeouts, against Hillsdale, and the Tritons came through with five runs in the eighth inning. Borowitz had another strong start against New Haven, holding the Chargers to two runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Cold weather pushed back the start of the Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule. The Tritons (14-10) will open league play with a doubleheader against Quincy today and will play road doubleheaders against William Jewell on Saturday and Truman State on Sunday.
The Tritons had their five-game winning streak snapped with a 9-5 loss on Tuesday at Maryville in UMSL’s lone game of the week. The Saints scored five runs in the first five innings to take command. The Tritons got on the board in the sixth with a sacrifice fly from Justin Simard and an RBI double by Mitchell Green, but Maryville answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the seventh. UMSL got a three-run home run from Carson Holin in the eighth but could draw no closer than four runs. UMSL (11-10) will open a four-game series at William Jewell on Friday in Liberty, Missouri.
Sophomore Tove Brunell rolled in eight birdies over three days while finishing fourth individually in last week’s Emerald Coast Classic at Baytowne Golf Club in Destin, Florida. With Brunell leading the way with a 54-hole score of 220, UMSL placed ninth in the 17-team tournament, compiling a combined score of 930. The rest of Brunell teammates struggled, with Wilma Zanderau the next highest Tritons finisher with a score of 236 to tie for 43rd. Henderson State captured the team title with a score of 880, led by Gracen Blount, who was the individual medalist with an even-par score of 214. UMSL is back in action today and Tuesday competing in the University of Findlay Spring Invitational at Big Blue Golf Club in Lexington, Kentucky.
UMSL split road dual meets against Southwest Baptist and Rockhurst, losing 5-2 to the Bearcats 5-2 on Saturday before knocking off the Hawks 4-3 on Sunday. Lisa Kirr and Anna Favaron picked up the Tritons’ only points against Southwest Baptist with straight-set victories at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, respectively. UMSL (6-3) will play host to Drury on Friday in its only match of the week.
The Tritons were swept in road dual meets against Southwest Baptist and Rockhurst, losing to the 18th-ranked Bearcats 7-0 on Saturday and falling 4-0 against the Hawks on Saturday. UMSL (2-7) will be looking to snap a five-meet losing streak when it takes on Drury on Friday at the UMSL Tennis Courts.