With the rain finally gone and the fields finally dry for the first round of the GLVC Championship Tournament at the Eastside Centre Softball Complex in East Peoria, Ill., the University of Missouri-St. Louis women’s softball team pulled out another impressive victory Saturday afternoon, outlasting rival Quincy University, for a 4-2 win.
Sophomore righthander Brittni Chapman (15-6) came off the bench for the Tritons, in relief of starter Hannah Perryman, and shut out Quincy for the final 2 1/3 innings to get the win.
In fact, Chapman retired all seven batters she faced in order, to hold Quincy to the two runs they had when she came in.
It was her UMSL teammates that made the O’Fallon, Ill. native a winner, by getting her scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to close out the game.
The big blow came in the fifth, when senior Haleigh Jenkins blasted her eighth home run of the season, deep over the centerfield wall, to give UMSL the lead for good. Jenkins had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Triton offense.
Pinch hitter Allyson Luce added an RBI single in the sixth for some extra insurance.
Turned out, Chapman didn’t need it, as she got three easy groundball outs in the seventh to end the game.
UMSL, now 36-11 on the season, will play William Jewell in the GLVC Tournament second round, later Saturday night, with the winner advancing to the winner’s bracket championship game, Sunday morning at the Eastside Centre.
The winner of that game on Sunday morning will gain a huge advantage in possibly winning the GLVC championship.
That team would automatically advance to the GLVC Championship Game, and would only have to win once more to claim the 2013 GLVC championship.
The team that lost that winner’s bracket championship game on Sunday, would then have to win three other games — all played on Sunday — to win the championship.
Needless to say, winning Sunday morning, and then once more Sunday afternoon, is a much more palatable scenario than having to play three more games in a row, and having to win them all.
But before concerning themselves with the Sunday possibilities, UMSL has to take care of business against William Jewell (31-13) first.
The third-seeded Cardinals advanced to the second round, after a 6-3 win on Saturday against Southern Indiana.
In the only meeting between UMSL and William Jewell this season, the Tritons swept a doubleheader from the Cardinals back on March 30.