Central Missouri men’s and women’s basketball had a successful week with two wins each and Mules baseball kicked off their season with a weekend trip to Houston.
While both teams had a rough start, the Mules and Jennies each were able to come out on top against Emporia State last Wednesday at the Multipurpose Building.
The Jennies were down 14 at halftime, but had a second half spark. Aided by a 3-pointer from junior Nija Collier to start the second half, UCM moved within five points of the Hornets in the third quarter.
Collier picked up a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds, hit all five of her free-throw attempts and the Jennies came out with their 13th win, 70-66.
The Mules led all but the first 17 seconds of the game in a 67-49 victory, hitting four 3-pointers in the first five minutes and took off from there. At halftime, the team had a comfortable lead of 33-25, shooting 44.8% from the field and 35.7% from beyond the arc.
With about 10 minutes left in the second half, the Mules had their biggest lead of the game, a 26-point differential at 59-33.
Central Missouri sophomore Gaven Pinkley scored the last point for the Mules with a trip to the free-throw line with less than three minutes to play. Within these three minutes, the Hornets cut their 26 point deficit to eight.
Pinkley led the Mules with 11 points and eight rebounds. Kendale Hampton, senior, followed with 10 points and six rebounds.
Both teams continued their streaks Saturday against Washburn, with the Jennies winning 83-66 and the Mules defeating the Ichabods 59-56.
The Jennies (17-3, 11-0 MIAA) shot 43.5% from the floor and hit seven 3-pointers.
UCM senior Morgan Fleming led the team with 19 points. Collier enjoyed another outstanding performance, picking up a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. She also recorded four assists and five blocks.
The Mules (9-11, 4-7) had more of a struggle with the Washburn’s defense, winning a close game 59-56.
The Mules didn’t start off well, unable to score within the first three minutes. It wasn’t until the second half that the Mules gained their first lead, going ahead on a Pinkley trey. Pinkley led UCM going 3-for-7 from the field, 5-for-6 from the free-throw line and finished with 12 points.
The Mules and Jennies travel to Maryville for a conference doubleheader 5:30 pm. Thursday.
Central Missouri Baseball started their season at the Houston Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park, winning two of their three games last weekend.
Taking on Flagler on Friday, the team lost 4-2, but redeemed themselves on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, beating Millersville 10-0 and Colorado School of Mines 5-4.
The Mules stranded nine baserunners Friday, leading to the loss.
UCM junior Mason Green started and threw five innings Friday, allowing one earned run with eight strikeouts. Relieving was junior Conor Dryer, allowing the second run of the game and striking out three.
Saturday was a completely different situation for the Mules as they shut out the Millersville Marauders. The team turned their offense around, scoring 10 runs off of 11 hits. They also took advantage of the Marauders’ seven errors, scoring five unearned runs.
Mules junior Jordan Fowler — an Ole Miss transfer — made his first start as a Mule, allowing one hit in his five innings pitched. Josh Shumacher, senior, led the offense with three hits, two runs and three stolen bases.
The Mules took their momentum into Sunday defeating Colorado-Mines in a close game.
Once again, the Mules struggled driving in baserunners, but the Orediggers struggled even worse. UCM left eight on base, while their opponents stranded 16.
Jonathan Sprinkle, junior, pitched two innings and struck out four, allowing a hit and a run on Sunday. Redshirt junior Tyler Kuhlman relieved Sprinkle, throwing three scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Mules junior Evan Rathburn earned the win with two shutout innings and two strikeouts.
UCM senior Erik Webb came in clutch with a two-run home run to help beat Colorado School of Mines.
The Mules (2-1) open at home 4 p.m. Friday for a four-game series with Arkansas Tech.
TRACK AND FIELD
Central Missouri track and field traveled to Pittsburg, Kansas, with a successful day at the Pittsburg State Invitational.
UCM earned seven top-10 finishes in throwing events. Mules senior Nathan Cummings threw a personal-record in the weight throw of 62 feet, 1 1/4 inches, an provisional qualifying mark.
Antonio Lay, freshman, posted a time of 6.82 seconds in the qualifying round of the 60-meter dash, tying for fifth all-time at UCM. He finished 18th in the event with a 6.88 in the next round.
The Mules and Jennies return to Warrensburg this week to compete in the UCM Mule Relays. The three-day meet starts Thursday with the men’s heptathlon, continuing into Friday with the women’s pentathlon and conclude with open events Friday and Saturday.