April 27th, 2015

Bellarmine softball splits series with UMSL

Adam Pruiett

Bellarmine University Assistant S.I.D

Bellarmine softball splits series with UMSL
photo from bellarmine.edu/athletics

ST. LOUIS – The Bellarmine University softball entered today's doubleheader with Missouri-St. Louis Tritons with the tall task of defeating the No. 3 ranked team in the country. Turns out, they accomplished the task by working a little overtime.

After dropping the opener 4-1, the Knights came back with a come-from-behind 5-3 victory in game two, working an extra inning to pull off the upset.

After falling behind early, the Knights rallied with three runs in the sixth inning to knot the score, and then pushed across two in the extra frame to earn the victory.

The hands of junior Ally Foster were all over the victory as she pitched all eight innings-striking out nine along the way-and was one of the offensive leaders with two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored-including the eventual game winner.

Other clutch performances were turned in by Erica Knollman, whose eighth inning triple drove in Foster with the go ahead run. Scarlett Powers added an important insurance run in the top of the eighth by doubling home Knollman.

The Tritons had gotten out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third as they strung together three of their game's six hits. The big blow came in the form of a two-run homer off the bat of second baseman Katie Wood.

Bellarmine came back to tie the game in the sixth. After being blanked up to that point, Kelly Ely drew a one-out walk followed by back to back doubles by Hannah Daunhauer and Foster to get within one at 3-2. A ground out moved Foster to third, and she scored when the Triton third baseman committed an error.

Neither Bellarmine nor UMSL got a runner on base in the seventh, so it was on to extra innings. The first two Knights went down in order, but Foster connected for a single and Knollman and Powers followed with a triple and double respectively to put the Knights up 5-3.

In the home half of the eighth, the Tritons threatened. After Foster struck out Katie Rutledge, back to back singles by Hannah Wessels and Woo brought the potential winning run to the plate. However, the Tritons failed to get the ball out of the infield as grounders to second and third ended the game.

Foster moved to 17-3 on the season while her earned run average stayed below one at 0.98.

In the opener, the Knights got off to a shaky start. After going down in order in the top of the first, the Knights surrendered two unearned runs to stake the Tritons to a 2-0 lead.

Missouri-St. Louis tacked on another two runs in the bottom of the third by drawing a walk and tapping out three singles.

Meanwhile, Triton hurler Hannah Perryman had been perfect through three innings. The Knights finally broke through in the top of the fourth when Daunhauer singled and was driven home by a double by Knollman.

Foster came on to pitch in the bottom of the fourth, and from that point on the game was dominated by two of the nation's top pitchers. From the bottom of the fourth on, the teams combined for just two hits (a double by Ely in the fifth and single by Knollman in the seventh).

With the split, the Knights end their regular season 32-14 with a 20-8 GLVC record. The Tritons lost for the just the fifth time this season and stand at 39-5 overall and still lead the GLVC at 24-4.

Although there are still several teams with conference games to play, the Knights figure to be the No.4 or 5 seed in the upcoming GLVC Tournament, which gets under way on Friday, May 1.



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