The University of Missouri-St. Louis women’s softball team finished off its remarkable 2014 regular season, with a doubleheader sweep over rival Quincy University on Saturday, moving the Tritons over the 40-win plateau and clinching the program’s second straight GLVC West Division championship.
UMSL, which came into the weekend ranked No. 4 in the country in this week’s National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II poll, is now 41-6 this season, with a 26-4 record in GLVC play, and will be no worse than the No. 2 seed in next week’s GLVC Championship Tournament in Peoria, Ill.
The Tritons could claim the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament if GLVC East Division leader Indianapolis were to lose either of its final two regular season games on Sunday.
UIndy is also 26-4 in conference play, but the Greyhounds owns the tiebreaker over UMSL after sweeping the Tritons in St. Louis, earlier this month.
On Saturday, UMSL defeated Quincy by scores of 5-4 and 11-1 to reach 40 wins for the second straight year (and only the third time in program history), while also tying the school record for GLVC victories at 26.
That’s also a record the Tritons set last year.
In Game 1 against the Hawks, juniors Brianna Butler and Katie Wood both blasted two-run home runs in the top of the fifth inning, to break a 1-1 tie and give UMSL a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Butler’s homer was her team-leading 11th of the season, and gave her 29 dingers in her UMSL career, which is the most for any player in Triton softball history.
Wood’s blast was her eighth of the season, and gave her 26 homers in her career.
Fellow junior Brittni Chapman got the win for the Tritons, despite giving up all four runs on nine hits, while striking out four in six innings of work.
Sophomore Hannah Perryman pitched out of a jam in the seventh to pick up her fourth save of the season.
In Game 2, UMSL only needed six innings to take of Quincy, thanks to a season-high 16 hits, including three apiece from Wood and freshman shortstop Alex Stupek.
Junior catcher Madison Zbaraschuk had two hits and three RBIs, which gave her 122 RBIs in her career, tying her with former UMSL star Karey Kruse for the career all-time record.
Perryman (22-5) was the winning pitcher for the Tritons, tossing all six innings and recording 15 strikeouts to raise her GLVC-leading total to 322 K’s this season.