The Truman State softball team played its final home games of the year when the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds and St. Joseph’s College Pumas rolled into town. The ‘Dogs began the four-game home stand against the Greyhounds with a split.
As the women celebrated their senior day, the team rallied after an 8-0 loss during game one. Despite only a four hit day for the Bulldogs, the team went on to fight for a hard-earned 1-0 win during game two against the No. 9 nationally ranked Greyhounds. The first game was driven by the Greyhounds as they held the ‘Dogs scoreless to win because of a run-rule during the fifth inning. Indianapolis scored once during the first inning, three more times during the third and finished with four runs in the fifth to claim the eight runs needed to beat the ‘Dogs. Junior infielder Whitney Richardson broke up Indy’s perfect game bid by hitting a single during the fifth inning.
Junior pitcher Kindra Henze started for the Bulldogs and suffered her eighth loss, allowing eight hits and five earned runs.
“Sometimes it’s hard to come back from a tough loss and continue to play to your potential, but we feel that we really pulled together,” freshman utility Alyssa Spoerer said.
Game two went in favor of the purple and white. Junior pitcher Kelsea Dorsey kept the Greyhounds scoreless during the entire game as a two-out rally spurred the Bulldogs to action during the bottom of the fifth. Junior outfielder Nikki Moss singled and beat a close play to reach first, and advanced to scoring position off a wild pitch.
On another wild pitch, Moss rounded third and came in for the score, putting the ‘Dogs up 1-0.
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Dorsey allowed five hits and recorded three strikeouts, earning her 15th win of the season.
The Bulldogs continued their home stand on April 27 with a doubleheader against St. Joseph’s College and won both games by a one-run margin. Dorsey and Henze earned their 16th wins of the season.
Game one was a tightly contested game with one run scored by senior second baseman Andrea Klipsch to take the game for the ‘Dogs. This was her 15th home run of the season.
Henze allowed two hits all game, struck out two and didn’t walk a single batter.
Game two started strong with the Bulldogs building an early lead during the first inning and fighting off a late Puma rally to win game two. Klipsch scored her 16th home run this season before sophomore catcher Lex Van Nostrand doubled for an RBI, putting the Bulldogs up 2-0.
Truman tacked on another run during the third inning before the Pumas could respond. St. Joseph pulled within one during the fifth, when the first two batters got on base by walks and a single before a sacrifice out advanced them both to second and third base, respectively. One runner would score because of a wild pitch, with the second coming home on an RBI single between two strikeouts.
“We think that there was a total team effort in those last three games and that’s what helped us,” freshman outfielder Riley Cook said.
This was the Bulldogs’ 32nd win of the year and their 21st during the conference.
“Our biggest weapon is our team unity and that every player puts the team’s success before themselves and that’s what makes us so dangerous,” senior outfielder Ally McReynolds said.
The Bulldogs will face Bellarmine University tomorrow at the 2015 GLVC softball championships.