While the ‘Dogs came out swinging in the series against the Drury University Panthers 2-2 last weekend, senior first baseman Paul Trenhaile swung to top a Truman record. Trenhaile became the top Truman baseball player in RBIs, with 125 during his career.
The ‘Dogs began the series with a bang as Trenhaile and junior third baseman Chris Ilipolous hit homers during game one. Senior pitcher Cody Gardner started and finished the game after a 10-inning outing Friday afternoon as the ‘Dogs won 5-3. Freshman pitcher Peter Young relieved Gardner for a few innings and recorded his first collegiate save off a catch by junior outfielder T.J. Wood that robbed Drury of a home run that would have tied the game.
“[Wood’s] catch was unbelievable, the greatest catch I’ve ever seen in person,” Gardner said. “He’s played tremendously in center field.”
Gardner won his sixth game of the year and the ‘Dogs were back at it the next day.
Senior shortstop Blake Deaton came out Saturday hitting 5-8 on the day with six RBIs as the Bulldogs dropped the first game 8-7, but the ‘Dogs got revenge during the second game of the day.
The Panthers came out firing in game one as they sent 10 hitters to the plate during the second inning and drove in five runs to take an early 7-2 lead. The ‘Dogs fought back during the seventh as senior outfielder Josh DeRouse pinch hit and Wood reached on an error. Senior shortstop Zak Larkin singled in DeRouse and senior outfielder Jarod Hahn grounded out to score Wood to make it 8-5. Trenhaile doubled to bring home Larkin and later cut the Panthers’ lead down to one, scoring on freshman third baseman Brendan Trimble’s groundout to third. Deaton then grounded out to end the rally.
“We’re confident that we will finish the season strong,” Trimble said. “But we just need to take it one pitch at a time.”
Although Saturday’s first game didn’t go Tuman’s way, the third game of the series finished with the ‘Dogs beating the Panthers 6-2.
Deaton drove in four of the six Bulldog runs along with three hits from senior outfielder Jarod Hahn. The Bulldogs solidified their lead as they earned two late insurance runs. Redshirt freshman pitcher Kent Frantz started and got his sixth win of the season, with no losses so far. Young earned his second save of the weekend.
Trenhaile broke the Truman career RBI record as the ‘Dogs fell to the Panthers during the final game of the series, earning the series split. Trenhaile started off the scoring on a three RBI double and put the ‘Dogs ahead, but the Panthers tied the game in the fifth. Sophomore shortstop Kyle Smith scored to give the ‘Dogs the lead. The Panthers fought back during the ninth as they tallied three runs to win the game.
“We were able to hold a good hitting Drury team to minimal runs,” sophomore catcher Wyatt Fones said. “As an offense, we were able to get runners on base — however, we weren’t able to capitalize and score runs with runners in scoring position with regularity.”
The Bulldogs let 30 runners on base during the four games compared to the 23 Drury allowed. Trenhaile broke the Truman career RBI leader record as he notched 41 for the season and 125 total throughout his career, passing alumnus Aaron Royster’s 122 RBI total from 1991-94.
The Bulldogs will travel to Quincy University April 14 to finish up the season series against the Hawks.