By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The Quincy University softball team snapped a seven-game losing streak with a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader sweep of Drury Saturday at the Mart Heinen Softball Complex.
The Lady Hawks won 5-2 in the opener and 11-4 in the nightcap.
After a shaky start in the first game, QU starter Murphy Armstrong settled down through the middle innings, retiring nine straight batters at one point.
After Drury took a 1-0 lead, the Lady Hawks went ahead 2-1 in the first inning when Emma Topps' double scored Alanna Viken and Nicole Richards smacked a solo home run.
Drury scored an unearned runn in the third and the Lady Hawks responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-2 lead.
Viken added a solo home run in the sixth to seal the win for QU.
Armstrong threw a complete game, allowing five hits with three strikeouts. Viken and Topps both went 2 for 3.
The Panthers jumped on the Lady Hawks early in the nightcap, scoring three runs in the first inning off QU starter Rachel Scrum.
Tiffany Harbison relieved Scrum with one out and runners on the corners, but struck out the next two Drury batters to end the threat.
QU (14-18, 6-10 GLVC) scored five runs in the fourth inning and added six in the fifth to break the game open.
Kelsey Ley started the fifth with an RBI single to give QU a 6-4 lead. Nicole Richards followed with an RBI single and Jill Suellentrop added a run-scoring single.
Viken jacked a three-run home run to center field to push QU's lead to 11-4.
Suellentrop was 3 for 3 with two runs and three RBIs to lead QU. Topps and Ley finished 2 for 3.
Hannibal-LaGrange 12-6, Harris-Stowe 0-2: HLGU cranked out 14 hits in the opener in the road as six Lady Trojans had two hits apiece.
Bobbi Henderson went the distance to get the win for HLGU. She struck out seven and gave up one hit.
In the second game, HLGU scored three runs in the fifth inning to rally for a 6-2 victory.
Megan Becker had three hits to lead HLGU while Abby Garcia and Hannah Salrin had two hits apiece.
Katy Akins pitched three innings, giving up one hit and striking out four to take the win.
Drury 6-4 Quincy 3-1: The Hawks were up 3-0 after the first inning but Drury rallied with runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth to come away the victory in the first game in Springfield, Mo.
Matt Marek had a two-out single in the first inning that scored Gavin Meyer and Kory Widsom. Marek added a solo home run in the fourth.
QU's Jake Peterson threw five scoreless innings before Drury got to him in the sixth.
In the nightcap the Hawks scored one run on five hits. Jake Wehde took the loss for the Hawks, allowing four runs.
The Panthers scored on a sacrifice fly to right field in the second inning.
The Hawks tied up the game in the third when Meyer singled to bring home Larry Sartin.
Harris-Stowe 2-16, Hannibal-LaGrange 1-4: The Trojans got the first run in the opener as Andrew Pollard scored on Edwin Dominguez's single.
Harris-Stowe responded with runs in the second and third innings to take the American Midwest Conference victory.
Derek Allen took the loss for HLGU (9-22-1, 3-11 AMC). He gave up two runs on four hits.
In the nightcap, HLGU went through seven pitchers and gave up five earned runs.
HLGU trailed 5-4 heading into the seventh inning but the Hornets scored three runs in the inning and added eight more in the eighth.
Pollard went 2 for 5 with one RBI and a stolen base.
Culver-Stockton 8-6, Evangel 0-3: Dylan Gadberry fired a one-hit shutout in the first game to spark the Wildcats to a doubleheader sweep in Springfield, Mo.
Gadberry allowed one run in the third and got the Crusaders to hit into two double plays.
Cody Jacobson drove in three runs in the opener for C-SC (16-13, 7-5). Jacobson had a two-run double and added a sacrifice fly.
The Wildcats scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning of the second game to grab the victory.
Brock Kartheiser and Mike Muglielmi had two hits apiece. Zach Engelbrecht pitched 5 2/3 innings to take the victory for C-SC (16-13, 7-5).
Quincy d. McKendree: The Hawks pulled out a five-set non-conference victory in Lebanon, Ill., winning 25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 15-25, 15-12.
Ian Lawson had a career-high 20 kills to lead QU (13-14). Jack Gamache added 13 kills while Jarrod Kelso chipped in 10.
Missouri-St. Louis 7, Quincy University 2: The Hawks won at the No. 1 singles and doubles spots, but lost the Great Lakes Valley Conference match.
QU's Ian Hinkamper and Lane Luhring teamed for an 8-3 victory over Niles Mueggenburg and Harry Heyburn at No. 1 doubles.
Hinkamper gave QU (8-8, 0-2) its lone singles victory with a 7-6, 7-6 over Mueggenburg.
Missouri-St. Louis 7, Quincy University 2: It was the Lady Hawks in the No. 1 position that posted GLVC victories.
The Lady Hawks' Amy Kuhle won at No. 1 singles, posting a 6-2, 6-3 win over Nina Bellanger.
Kuhle teamed with Allison Callahan for a victory at No. 1 doubles. Kuhle and Callahan beat Bellanger and Louisa Werner 8-6.
Graceland Invitational: Culver-Stockton finished fourth out of nine teams in Independence, Mo., posting a two-day score of 629.
C-SC's Tyler Barr, Chris Neal and Ryan Keller all tied for 15th with a two-day total of 157.
Graceland Invitational: Culver-Stockton finished tied for 11th, while Kaitlin Sparrow was the took 18th with a two-day score of 181.