Madison Zbaraschuk's walk-off RBI double lifts Missouri-St. Louis to win
ST. LOUIS -- Junior Madison Zbaraschuk's walk-off RBI double in the seventh inning lifted Missouri-St. Louis to a 4-3 victory against Truman State on Sunday in the NCAA Midwest Regional No. 1 final, sending the Tritons to the Super Regionals.
The Tritons will face Wayne State (Mich.) (44-9), winners of the Midwest Regional No. 2, next weekend in a best-of-three-games series, at a site yet to be announced by the NCAA. The first game will be played on Friday with a second, and possibly third, to follow on Saturday. The Warriors defeated Indianapolis 7-0 in the final Sunday.
UMSL improved to 48-6 overall with the win, recording its 10th consecutive victory.
Zbaraschuk's heroics came after the Tritons' lone senior, Ashleigh King, led off the seventh inning by reaching on an error and advancing to second on the high throw by Bulldogs' third baseman Cate Simon.
Zbaraschuk, who was 0-2 before her game-winning hit, swung on the first pitch, delivering the ball to deep left center, bringing King across the plate.
UMSL, which hadn't trailed all tournament, overcame two one-run deficits in the game to garner the win.
Truman State, which scored all three runs on solo home runs, jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first on a shot by Andrew Klipsch off UMSL starter Brittni Chapman.
The Tritons countered in the bottom of the frame as freshman Alex Stupek scored junior Katie Rutledge with a two-out ground-rule double. Rutledge led off the inning with a single to second base.
Junior Jena Boudreau then delivered her 11th homerun of the season in the third inning with a solo shot over the right field fence to put the Tritons on top, 2-1.
The Bulldogs scored their final two runs in the fourth inning, leading off with back-to-back home runs off Tritons ace Hannah Perryman.
Junior Brianna Butler later knotted the score at 3-3 in the sixth inning with a one-out line drive over the left center wall. It was her team-leading 14th of the season and the 32nd of her career.
Truman State led off the seventh with a deep double to centerfield before Perryman was able to retire the side.
Perryman picked up the win in five and one-thirds of an inning in relief, allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out seven.
Both teams recorded six hits and were charged with one error.