KIRKWOOD, Mo. – St. Louis scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning, and rallied past Region 16 softball rival Mineral Area 7-5 in game two of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Tori Siebum connected for a go-ahead, two-run single against MAC starter RikkiLyn Wright (6-7) after Kacy Bergfeld tied the game with a bases-loaded hit.
Miranda Hudson and Chloe Johnson each finished 2-for-3, and leadoff hitter Jennifer Luebbert scored three times as St. Louis (26-4, 4-0) protected its No. 20 national ranking with a sweep.
Alyssa Sago was 2-for-3 with three RBI, and evened the contest at 4-4 with a two-run homer in the fifth. Brittany Adams also had two hits, and scored on an error to put the Lady Cardinals ahead in the sixth.
Sidney Litviak replaced middle reliever Sophia Koesterer with the bases loaded, and retired all five of her batters faced to pick up the win.
Mineral Area (9-27, 2-4) grabbed an immediate 2-0 lead on RBI singles from Abbi Sampson and Sago. But three defensive errors resulted in four unearned runs against Wright, who notched two strikeouts.
Bergfeld propelled the Archers to a 4-2 advantage with an RBI single. A second runner crossed the plate during the play on a miscue.
Alyssa Rennick, Marissa Worth, Madyson McDermott and Kati McCormack produced singles in defeat as each squad totaled nine hits.
St. Louis prevailed 7-1 in the earlier contest behind pitcher Hannah Marquardt, who scattered six hits and fanned four while improving to 11-0 on the season.
Siebum jolted the offense with a three-run blast, and the Archers netted a fourth run during the first inning against Sago (2-6), who went the distance with six strikeouts and nine hits allowed.
The Lady Cardinals picked up their lone run when Rennick drew a bases-loaded walk in the second. St. Louis countered in the fourth with three insurance runs.
Maddison Stanley was 2-for-3, and Bergfeld doubled twice with two runs scored. Bergfeld made it 6-1 by driving home a pair.
Sampson singled twice in three plate appearances to pace MAC. McDermott, McCormack, Worth and Sago had the other hits.
Mineral Area dropped nine of 10 games during a grueling five-day stretch against premium competition, and will host the Archers to complete region play on Tuesday.