By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The run probably didn't seem all that important at the time. It proved critical.
Kelsey Ley's RBI single to center field scored Oliva Shepard for an insurance run in the top of the seventh for the Quincy University softball team during Game 1 of a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader Friday at Rolla, Mo.
Ley's hit put QU ahead 7-4, but the Lady Miners rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh and had runners on second and third before Lauren Francis struck out Kelsi O'Neill to polish off the Lady Hawks' 7-6 victory.
QU lost the nightcap 7-2.
Francis tossed a complete game in the opener. She surrendered nine hits, allowed five earned runs, struck out three and walked three.
Missouri S&T went ahead 4-0 in the first inning, but QU responded with five runs in the third and never relinquished the lead. Alanna Viken, Ashleigh Roscetti, Jessica Grimes and Nicole Richards had RBI singles in the inning, and Monica Gray drove home a run with a fielder's choice.
Richards finished with three hits, while Viken, Roscetti and Sara Stafford each tallied two.
Francis suffered the loss in Game 2 after surrendering seven hits and five runs -- four earned -- in three innings of work. The Lady Miners (5-9) benefited from scoring three unearned runs.
Richards led the Lady Hawks (10-16, 5-7) with two hits.
Hannibal-LaGrange 2-1, William Woods 1-5: Taylor Lewis hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th to score Danielle Stackhouse and give the Lady Trojans a Game 1 victory in an American Midwest Conference doubleheader at Hannibal, Mo.
Stackhouse started the inning on second base due to international tiebreaker rules, in which the player who recorded the last out the inning before begins the inning on second once the game moves to extra innings. Stackhouse moved to third when Kelli Black bunted and reached on an error. After Courtney Neff struck out, Lewis ended the game.
HLGU won despite recording just three hits off of William Woods' MacKenzie Bowden, who tossed 10 2/3 innings. HLGU tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the sixth when Neff hit a two-out single and scored on Lewis' double to deep left field.
Kachina Hudson allowed six hits and one unearned run in 11 innings to earn the victory. She struck out three and walked one.
In Game 2, William Woods scored one run in the first and four more in the second off of Hudson, who exited after 1 1/3 innings. Erin Morris singled home Elizabeth Duzan in the sixth inning, accounting for the only run for HLGU (8-8, 3-1). Hudson had a pair of singles.
Culver-Stockton College 4-9, Peru State 13-11: The Wildcats' Whitney Birk put on a hitting display during the Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader in Peru, Neb.
The only trouble was, Peru State's Kristen Bodyk was even better.
Birk singled, doubled and homered in five at-bats for C-SC (6-9, 0-2) in Game 2. She drove in two runs and scored a run. This came after she went 1 of 2 with a run scored in the opener.
Bodyk went 6 for 6 in the doubleheader with two doubles, a triple and two home runs. She scored three runs and drove in 12.
That sparked Peru State's offensive avalanche.
C-SC starter Sam Bolin allowed nine hits and nine runs -- five earned -- in three innings in the opener, and Jenny Ward gave up eight hits and eight runs -- seven earned -- in 2 1/3 innings of Game 2.
Kim Myers doubled and homered in three at-bats for C-SC in Game 2. She scored twice and drove in three runs.
Park 7-11, HLGU 6-6: The Trojans were swept in an AMC doubleheader at Parkville, Mo., ending HLGU's six-game winning streak.
HLGU (10-13, 5-7) led the opener 6-0 before Park scored seven runs in the sixth inning. Park (6-15, 3-11) had five hits in the first six innings before collecting seven hits in the sixth. HLGU starter Stephen Schnieders allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings before Ian Hatton entered in relief. Hatton surrendered the final two runs and took the loss.
Clint Hamilton led HLGU at the plate by doubling twice in four at-bats with a run scored and an RBI, and Andrew Pollard went 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Hamilton went 2 for 4 in Game 2, scored a run and drove in two. Ian Sikes hit a solo home run for HLGU.
HLGU trailed 10-0 before scoring five runs in the seventh.
Denys Delgado allowed six unearned runs off of four hits in two innings of work and suffered the loss.
C-SC 0-4, Avila 2-2: Five C-SC pitchers combined to limit Avila to six hits, five of which were singles, in Game 2 to secure a HAAC split in Kansas City, Mo.
Derek Schwab started the game and was replaced by Zach Engelbrecht in the fifth inning. Engelbrecht earned the win.
Brock Kartheiser went 3 for 4 for C-SC (11-14, 3-5 HAAC).
C-SC lost Game 1 despite a solid outing from Kartheiser, who allowed two runs -- one earned -- in six innings. Trent Brisboe went 2 for 3 for the Wildcats.
Missouri-St. Louis 6, Quincy 3: Ian Hinkamper went won in both singles and doubles to provide a bright spot for the Hawks, who lost a Great Lakes Valley Conference match at the Greeman Tennis Center in Reservoir Park.
Hinkamper beat Nils Mueggenburg 6-3, 6-1 to win his No. 1 singles match and paired with Lane Luhring to defeat Tim Gorter and Daan Vonsee 8-2 at No. 1 doubles. Ethan Arns gave QU (7-8, 0-2) its other victory by beating Nils Corrales 6-4, 4-6, 11-9 at No. 6 singles.
UMSL 9, Quincy 0: The Lady Hawks were swept in every match of a GLVC loss at Reservoir Park. Ashley Longshore came closest to winning a set for QU (7-7, 1-1) as she lost 6-2, 7-5 to Chandler Duchaine at No. 5 singles.