by Drury Athletics
The Drury Panthers raised their record to 26-9 with a doubleheader sweep of Central Missouri on Wednesday at Thompson Field in Springfield. Drury won game one 11-3 in 5 innings and took the second game 2-0. Central Missouri fell to 19-11 with the losses.
After giving up a first-inning run in game one, Drury responded with four runs in their half of the first and opened up a big lead with a six-run third inning. The Panthers sent 12 batters to the plate as they collected seven hits in the frame with RBI’s coming from Serenity Healy, Megan Tersteeg, Kaelie Smith, Jacy Ummel, and Megan Holmes.
Holmes ended the game going 3 for 4 with an RBI while Healy drove in three runs and Devin Hale went 2 for 4 with two runs, two RBI’s and her base-hit in the fifth put Drury up by eight, 11-3, and ended the game. It marked the seventh time the Panthers have won by run-rule this season.
Kasey Cazares (8-2) got her fourth straight win and went 5 innings allowing four hits, three runs, and two earned runs with two walks and one strikeout.
In game two, Hailly Greenough (5-3) fired a three-hit shutout as the Panthers won 2-0. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Kinzy Mathis belted an RBI-double that scored Jacy Ummel. Mathis came through again in the sixth with a two-out double to drive in Kaelie Smith giving Drury a 2-0 lead.
Greenough allowed only three hits with none of the three leaving the infield. The senior from Sierra Vista, Arizona walked three and struck out five.
With their 26th win of the year, Drury has now matched their second-highest win total in the program’s 12-year history, and they have reached that total with 20 games still remaining on their regular season schedule. The Panthers have also won eight of their last nine and have won 11-3 since March 13th.
Drury plays the first of 10 straight road games this weekend as they take on McKendree in a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader on Saturday at noon in Lebanon, Illinois.