ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Junior Katie Wood hit two home runs to Missouri-St. Louis to a 3-0 victory against Wayne State (Mich.) on Friday afternoon in Game 1 of the NCAA DII Midwest Super Regional, hosted by the Tritons.
UMSL takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three-games series and will look for the sweep on Saturday when the two teams meet again at 1 p.m. ET. If necessary, a second game would follow.
It was the 11th consecutive win for the Tritons, who improve to 49-6 overall. Wayne State had a 19-game win streak snapped with the loss and slips to 44-10. The Warriors went through last weekend's regional tournament without allowing a run in three games.
Wood delivered her first homerun – a solo shot – in the second inning and added a two-run blast in the sixth. She now has 12 long balls on the season and 30 in her career, second to teammate Brianna Butler's 32.
Sophomore Hannah Perryman tossed the complete-game shutout, improving to 29-5 in the circle. She allowed seven hits and struck out eight in her 10th shutout of the season. Perryman retired her first three batters by way of strikeout, giving her 400 for the season, becoming just the 14th player in NCAA Division II history to achieve that feat in one season.
Wood finished 3-for-3 at the plate, adding a single in the fourth inning. UMSL tallied five hits.
Wayne State left eight runners on base and had five in scoring position, but Perryman and the defense behind her held the Warriors to 1 of 15 at the plate with runners on base and 0 of 5 with runners in scoring position.