[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Truman softball team came out on top during its most recent games.
The ‘Dogs battled Rockhurst University and William Jewell College last Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs split their doubleheader against Rockhurst and defeated the William Jewell Cardinals during both games of their two game face-off.
With their doubleheader against Quincy University postponed April 8 because of inclement weather, the ‘Dogs had a long break after their trip to St. Louis to play Maryville University April 4 and the University of Missouri-St. Louis April 5. Coming off two tough losses to the UMSL Tritons — the No. 3 team in the nation — the ‘Dogs started strong April 10 against the Rockhurst Hawks.
A six run first-inning — including RBI doubles by sophomore utility player Haley Wells and junior outfielder Nikki Moss — sparked the ‘Dogs and led them to a 10-2 victory during the first game. The purple and white earned 11 hits total, with Wells picking up four and senior second baseman Andrea Klipsch tallying three.
Junior pitcher Kelsea Dorsey says the batting lineup especially was important against Rockhurst.
“We came out from the beginning and jumped on their pitchers,” Dorsey says. “We knew Rockhurst was going to be a tough team so we came out swinging.”
Moss says the team was able to earn so many early runs because they constantly were forcing Rockhurst to make plays.
“As a team we were seeing the ball really well,” Moss says. “We were able to make good contact. We kept the pressure on them and that really helped.”
Pitching from Dorsey also was a boon for the team during its first win against the Hawks. Moss says Dorsey was so successful because she kept Rockhurst’s batters off balance throughout the entire game.
“Her pitches were working really well,” Moss says. “She either struck the [Rockhurst batters] out, or the defense was able to help [Dorsey] and get them out.”
During her outing against Rockhurst, Dorsey pitched a complete game in only 73 pitches and struck out six batters in the process.
After some costly errors and only producing four hits, Truman fell 5-2 to Rockhurst during the second game of the doubleheader. Instead of letting the loss deflate the team, they used it as motivation going into their doubleheader Saturday against William Jewell, Moss says. She says coaches Erin Brown and Cathy Monroe told the team to respond to the loss and come back hungry to win the next day.
Monroe says she thought team needed to respond to the loss.
“We just had to learn from our mistakes that day and be ready to go the next time when we faced Jewell,” Monroe says.
The Bulldogs responded to William Jewell, taking the games 4-1 and 8-4, respectively. The ‘Dogs turned the tables during their doubleheader Saturday, taking advantage of four Cardinal errors during the first victory and three errors during the second.
Between the two games, the Bulldogs hit at a .327 batting average and put up 12 hits. Of Truman’s 17 hits on the day, senior first baseman Liz Leath led the way for the squad with four hits, followed by Moss and senior outfielder Ally McReynolds, who accounted for three hits combined. Freshman pitcher Kadie Orenstein added two RBIs during her first outing against the Cardinals.
Truman’s junior pitchers, Dorsey and Kindra Henze, also answered their coach’s call to action. Henze and Dorsey combined to strike out 11 William Jewell batters and allowed only five runs during the two games. The two pitchers picked up a save during the game against William Jewell. Dorsey earned her first save since the 2012 season.
The hard-fought wins against William Jewell will help Truman softball carry momentum into what Moss says she predicts will be a tough road trip to Louisville, Kentucky, April 18. There, the Bulldogs will face Bellarmine University, who is nipping at the Bulldogs’ heels for fourth place in the GLVC standings.
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