Baseball, softball look to recover

Softball and baseball will both be looking to recover this week after struggling through the weekend.

Softball traveled to Bellarmine University Sunday afternoon. Despite getting ahead and winning the first game 5-3, Truman fell at the end of the second game 7-6.

Monday, the Bulldogs continued their trek on the road and faced off against the University of Southern Indiana. Despite playing hard and almost making a recovery in Game 2, the softball team was ultimately swept by the Eagles.

Baseball also hit the road over the weekend to match up against Rockhurst University. Saturday’s game was a high for the team as they defeated the Hawks 13-10. The team did not fare as well Monday when Rockhurst took control of both games.

Outfielder Mason King has been an influential player and leader this year as a senior member on the team. King said he thinks the team’s struggles come from a disconnect in some ways.

“We are struggling with different parts of our game on different days,” King said. “When our offense is rolling, our defense or our pitching struggles. When our pitching performs well, our defense or offense struggles. We need to start playing more complete baseball.”

The team, King said, is more than capable of being successful, and he hopes to see more as the season progresses.

“I’m hoping to see this team have a blast,” King said. “Though I believe our best baseball is ahead of us, the scoreboard doesn’t always reflect your team’s efforts. Whatever the results may be the rest of the year, I’m hoping to see a ton of great energy and camaraderie among the team, especially the returning classes.”

Softball will be staying home for the next few series, starting with a doubleheader at noon Saturday against the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The team will then face off against Maryville University Sunday afternoon and Lincoln University Tuesday, which will also be Military Appreciation Day.

Baseball will have a doubleheader today at Quincy University. They will return home to faceoff against Drury University starting at noon Saturday before finishing the series Sunday afternoon. Additionally, the Bulldogs will welcome Quincy University for a single game at noon Tuesday.