The Bulldog softball team brought its brooms South, sweeping Missouri University of Science and Technology and Drury University earlier this week. Truman’s four wins put the team’s record at 21-5 and brought the ‘Dogs to first place in the GLVC standings. These wins will help Truman carry momentum into its upcoming matchup against conference foe University of Missouri-St. Louis, which is nipping at the ‘Dogs’ heels for the top spot in the GLVC.
Dominant pitching, strong defense and consistent hitting all contributed to the Bulldogs’ victories last Sunday and Monday. The ‘Dogs were hot at the plate during the matchups, with six players having multi-hit outings against the S&T Miners. Sophomore catcher Lex Van Nostrand tallied nine hits against Missouri S&T and Drury. Junior pitcher Kindra Henze says her teammates produced runs when the team needed them most.
“My teammates did a great job of getting on base,” Henze says. “I can always rely on them to do their job.”
Along with a steady offense, Truman’s ability to adapt to different pitching styles also played a big role in the wins. Senior outfielder Ally McReynolds, who picked up three RBIs this week, says the team’s readjustment to Drury’s pitchers was crucial.
“We were able to adjust at the plate [against Drury],” McReynolds says. “The first pitcher threw rise-balls, and the second one threw drop-balls, and we adapted well.”
This strategy worked for the Bulldogs as they outscored the Panthers and Miners 20-8 during the four games played.
Henze and junior pitcher Kelsea Dorsey had impressive outings during the Bulldogs’ victories this week. Henze was a force on the mound, striking out 17 batters during her three appearances for the Bulldogs. Dorsey collected her 10th and 11th wins on the season and struck out 10 batters.
“We have a good core [of pitchers],” interim head coach Cathy Monroe says. “We rely on our pitching to always be there.”
The Bulldog pitching staff gave S&T and Drury trouble because Truman’s two starters, Dorsey and Henze, have very different styles.
“Teams tend to struggle when we split games,” Henze says. “I pitch with power, and Kelsea brings something different because she adds more movement to her pitches.”