(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Jennies softball (10-6) swept the Missouri S & T (2-8) Lady Miners on Wednesday afternoon in their 2013 home openers at the South Recreation Complex, winning game one 5-4 and game two 6-5.
The Jennies fell behind 3-0 in the first game after the Lady Miner’s Kaylea Smith sent a towering three-run homer to left field in the top of the fourth inning.
UCM got a run back in the bottom of the fifth after Jill Lucas singled to right field, driving in Braylyn Bivens, to decrease the Missouri S & T lead to 3-1 heading into the sixth.
After Jennies’ right-handed pitcher Jessica Wilkes pitched a 1-2-3 top half of the inning, Jordan Marble cut the UCM deficit to just 3-2 after she doubled to left, scoring Ashlea Bengtson. Ali Jo Rogers then gave the Jens their first lead of the day when she sent a two-run blast to left field. It marked Rogers first home run of her collegiate career. Bivens then extended the Central Missouri advantage to 5-3 when she singled to center, allowing Medora West to cross the plate.
The Miners got another home run from Smith in the top of the seventh, but that was all, giving the Jennies the 5-4 victory.
Wilkes picked up the win in the circle for Central Missouri, pitching three innings in relief to improve her overall record to 3-1.
The second game of the day was almost identical to game one. The Jennies found themselves behind 3-0 early after Smith hit her third homer of the day, a three-run laser down the left field line, in the top of the first inning.
The Jens responded in the bottom half of the inning though, plating five runs to take a 5-3 lead. Jakki Prater gave the Jennies three of their five first inning runs when she sent a towering homer to left center, driving in Lucas and Bivens to tie the contest up. Bengtson then took advantage of a Lady Miner error, scoring from second to give the Jens to 4-3 lead. Marble then extended the UCM lead to 5-3 after she crossed the plate on a passed ball by Missouri S & T.
The Lady Miners plated a single run in the top of the second to cut the UCM advantage to 5-4 but the Jennies got that run back in the bottom of the third when West singled to second base, driving in Rogers to make it 6-4.
Missouri S & T scored one more run in the game in the top of the fifth when Dana Lawson hit a home run to right center but that would it, resulting in the 6-5 win for UCM.
Jennies right-hander Sarah Espy got the win in the circle for the Jennies, pitching four innings, to improve her record to 1-1 on the season. Prater pitched three innings in relief, striking out four, to pick up the save for Central Missouri, her first of the year.
The Jennies will open MIAA play this Friday, March 15 when they travel to Missouri Western to take on the Griffons in a doubleheader. First pitch for game one is set for 5 p.m. from the Spring Sports Complex in St. Joseph.