UMSL Tritons weekly rewind

by | Apr 8, 2024

The baseball team swept a four-game weekend series against visiting William Jewell to improve to 20-13, including 12-8 in GLVC play.
Logan Mantz stands in the batter's box waiting for a pitch

Third baseman Logan Mantz delivered a pair of walk-off singles in a doubleheader against William Jewell on Saturday. UMSL won the games 5-4 and 2-1 and went on to sweep the four-game series against the visiting Cardinals. (Photo by Patrick Clark/Athlete’s Eye Photography)

Baseball
University of Missouri–St. Louis relief pitcher Trent Anderson shut the door on William Jewell’s late-inning rally on Sunday, recording his fifth save of the season as the Tritons completed an 8-7 victory and a series sweep of the Cardinals at the UMSL Baseball Field. William Jewell scored two runs each in both the seventh and eighth innings before Anderson came on to stomp out the comeback with two strikeouts in the final frame. Mitchell Green, Garrett Strenger and Justin Simard each drove in two runs in the narrow win. UMSL also pulled out a pair of one-run victories on Saturday with Logan Mantz delivering walk-off singles in both a 5-4 nine-inning victory in the opener and a 2-1 win in Game 2 of the doubleheader. RJ Elmore held William Jewell to one run on seven hits in 8 2/3 innings in Friday’s series opener. Anderson came on for the final out, striking out pinch hitter Cole Conner with the bases loaded. UMSL (20-13, 12-8 Great Lakes Valley Conference) will look to add to its four-game winning streak when it travels to Southwest Baptist for a four-game series beginning on Friday in Bolivar, Missouri.

Softball
The Tritons ended the weekend with an 8-5 victory over Maryville on Sunday to snap a six-game losing streak. They had dropped the first game of their doubleheader against the Saints 5-4 and were swept in a doubleheader against Missouri S&T on Saturday, losing both games by 2-1 scores. Third baseman McKenzie Lamos had three hits and drove in four runs to propel UMSL to victory. Lexi Sherrick picked up the win in the circle, holding Maryville to two earned runs and striking out three in her seven innings. Sherrick and Ashley Borowitz combined to hold the Saints and Miners to a combined four earned runs in the four weekend games, but the Tritons totaled nine errors. UMSL (18-22, 5-9 GLVC) will play host to Upper Iowa in a doubleheader on Saturday and take on Truman State at home on Sunday.

Men’s Tennis
UMSL rallied for a 4-3 dual meet victory over Southwest Baptist on Saturday at the UMSL Tennis Courts. The Tritons lost two of three doubles matches and both No. 1 and No. 2 singles but rallied to beat the Bearcats. The match came down to the No. 6 singles match between UMSL’s Tanin Ramnath and SBU’s Alejandro Bravo. Ramnath fell behind 3-0 in the opening set but won seven of the next nine games to take the frame 7-5, and he went on to win the second set 6-3. Joshua Mackey and Marcos Navas pulled out three-set victories at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, respectively, and Juan Vigil secured the Tritons’ other point with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ilyes Khelifi at No. 3 singles. UMSL (6-8) will take on Quincy at Reservoir Park Friday in Quincy, Illinois, before playing host to Maryville on Saturday.

Women’s Tennis
The Tritons fell 5-2 at home in a dual meet against Southwest Baptist on Saturday. Aleksandra Lopez and Maja Lietzau secured UMSL’s only two points with Lopez dispatching of Polina Paunova 6-1, 7-5 in No. 4 singles, and Lietzau pulling out a 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (1) victory over Ghada Dirninger at No. 2 singles. Lopez also teamed with Hannah Tse for a 6-2 win in their No. 2 doubles match. The Tritons (6-7) will be looking to snap a three-meet losing streak when they travel to Quincy on Friday, and they’ll also take on Maryville at home on Saturday.

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field
UMSL’s track and field teams combined for six top-10 finishes Illinois College’s True Blue Open on Saturday at Ware Family Track in Jacksonville, Illinois. Kennedy Moore and Makayla Brown placed second and third, respectively, in the triple jump with Moore recording a best leap of 35 feet, 6 inches. Brown’s top jump was 35-3 1/4. Melissa White was seventh in the triple jump after a top mark of 33-3 1/4. Moore and Brown also tied for seventh in the high jump after each cleared 4-11. Caleb Leach recorded the lone top-1o finish for the men’s team, placing sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 59.12 seconds. UMSL will compete in Friday’s Mule Relays, hosted by the University of Central Missouri at Walton Stadium/Kennedy Field in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Men’s Golf
The Tritons were tied for second after the first day of the Ken Partridge Invitational at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana. Freshman Ben McPherson shot a 1-under-par 71 during Sunday’s opening round to pace the Tritons, who posted a combined score of 301 a third of the way through the 54-hole tournament. Fifth-year senior Rob Hogan carded a score of 76 and was in a tie for 17th place. Cyril Henault and Leo Baudry were one shot back of Hogan. Tiffin’s Mitchell Brassard and Grand Valley State’s Bryce Wheeler sat atop the leaderboard after rounds of 70. Grand Valley State had the team lead by six shots over UMSL and Indianapolis with the second round to be played Monday before the tournament concludes on Tuesday.

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