Baseball splits series with Trevecca Nazarene

Truman State University’s baseball team went 2-2 in their series this weekend against Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, with each doubleheader featuring one close and one blowout match.

In the first game Friday, the Bulldogs scored all their points and secured their 4-3 win with effective small ball in the first two innings. That strategy was not as successful the next game, however, as the Trojans scored in nearly every inning they played to beat the Bulldogs 13-3.

The teams returned to the field for their second doubleheader Saturday, and though the Bulldogs won 17-7, six of their runs came from three fielder’s choices in the first inning, a hit-by-pitch in the first inning and a pair of errors, one in the seventh and one in the ninth. The next game went similarly, with five of the total runs in the Trojans’ 9-8 victory involving errors or wild pitches.

Senior Brendan Trimble, second baseman on Friday and designated hitter on Saturday, scored at least one run in every game of the series, raising his season batting average to .300. Though normally freshman infielder Ethan Kleinheider also hits well, he instead got hit by pitch four times over the course of the series, two of which happened during the same game.

Truman has their home opener against the University of Indianapolis at 2 p.m. Friday.