After playing a month’s worth of games away from campus, the University of Missouri-St. Louis baseball team finally got to play at their own digs Tuesday afternoon, when the Tritons hosted William Woods University at the UMSL Baseball Field.
Unfortunately for Triton fans, the visiting Owls proved to be unruly guests, ruining the UMSL homecoming with 4-1 and 5-3 victories over the Tritons.
UMSL never led at any point during either contest, as William Woods grabbed early 3-0 leads in both matchups.
In game one, William Woods shortstop Blake Wilson put the Owls on top with a long home run over the left field fence to make the score 1-0.
The Owls added two runs later in the inning, when first baseman Derek McCawley lined a double into the right-centerfield gap to drive in teammates Brant Radcliff and Jacob Harrison.
UMSL got one run back in the bottom of the third when centerfielder Adam Blum went all the way to third on a throwing error by Owl pitcher Robbie McMorris, then scored on a basehit by second baseman Andrew Keating.
The Tritons never really mustered much offense after that, only managing a walk in the fifth inning, a Blum single in the sixth, and another walk in the seventh for the rest of the game.
Junior Issac Armstrong (0-1) took the loss, while William Woods’ Zach Secoy (1-1) got the win.
In game two, William Woods again got on the board thanks to a solo home run.
This time, it was rightfielder L.J. Watson who launched a deep shot over the leftfield wall.
Watson also drilled a double that scored Harrison in the third, and later scored himself on a hit by third baseman Adam Wojciechowski.
This time though, the Tritons answered back.
Rightfielder Drew Standefer started the rally with a leadoff single, and advanced to second when Blum got hit by a pitch, then took third on an infield hit by third baseman Spencer Ammons.
Designated hitter Brian McCulloch got UMSL on the board when he drove in Standefer with another infield hit.
Keating followed with a bases loaded walk that pushed across another Triton run. And Ammons tied the score when he crossed the plate following a William Woods error.
At that point, it seemed all the momentum had swung UMSL’s way.
But Watson had other plans, as he launched a two-run homer, his second of the game, to make score 5-3.
And just like in game one, the Tritons could muster enough offense the rest of the way to keep starter Zach Standefer (1-1) from taking the loss.
UMSL will look to right its ship this Saturday and Sunday, when it hosts back-to-back doubleheaders against Great Lakes Valley Conference foes Wisconsin-Parkside and Lewis.
First pitch for both those matchups at the UMSL Baseball Field is noon.