KIRKSVILLE, Mo. â?? The Truman Baseball team went toe-to-toe with fourth ranked St. Cloud (Minn.) State University in a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday. The Bulldogs fell 2-1 in the opener but ended the Huskies 15-game winning streak with a 7-5 victory in the nightcap. Truman is scheduled to play Maryville (Mo.) University on Tuesday at home beginning at 1:00 p.m.
The doubleheader was scheduled on Thursday after snow had blanketed the St. Cloud campus and the Huskies headed south looking to get games in. The Bulldogs had an open weekend in the MIAA and hosted the #4 Huskies for the first time in school history.
St. Cloud came into the doubleheader leading Division II Baseball with a 1.24 earned run average but the Bulldog offense totaled 16 hits in the games and the Huskies had a team ERA of 4.20 on the day after the split. The seven runs scored by Truman in game two were the most allowed by St. Cloud State to date.
Jarod Hahn and Blake Marino each went three for seven and Will Nader collected two RBIs and Truman got strong pitching performances from Matthew Grosch, Tim Lee, Austin Olendorff and Cody Gardner.
The Bulldogs left the tying run in scoring position in both the sixth and seventh innings as St. Cloud State held on for a 2-1 victory in the opener. Kyle Fisher pitched six and two-thirds innings, allowing nine hits to pick up his seventh win of the season and Reese Gregory recorded the final out with the tying runner at third base to notch his eighth save.
Brian Hansen drove in both runs for the Huskies with a two-out double in the fourth inning. In fact, all the damage in that inning came with two down as Sean Borman double and Michael Jurgella walked while Hansen laced the first pitch he saw to the right field corner to score the runs.
The Bulldogs got a run back in the fifth when Zak Larkin doubled, advanced on a grounder and scored following a wild pitch.
Truman started a two-out rally in the sixth with singles by Jarod Hahn and Will Nader but pinch hitter Joe Emery grounded out to second.
In the seventh, Jordan Howe led off with a single, was sacrificed to second and went to third on tapper back to the mound. Gregory was summoned from the Huskies pen and got Paul Trenhaile looking to end the game.
Matthew Grosch threw six innings and allowed six hits and Tim Lee pitched a scoreless seventh for Truman.
Austin Olendorff did not allow a hit in his four innings of relief work and Cody Gardner shut the door with three scoreless innings as Truman upset the nationally ranked Huskies 7-5. It was the most runs allowed in a single game by St. Cloud State this season and Truman scored six of them in the first two innings.
St. Cloud struck first with a run in the top of the first but Trumanâ??s offense got the train moving by sending 16 batters to the dish in the first two innings.
Paul Trenhaile singled in Zak Larkin to tie the game and Will Nader and Jarod Hahn delivered two-out RBI singles to put Truman up 3-1.
The Huskies got a run back in the second with an RBI single by Paul Imholte but Truman put another three on the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning. Chris Zrostlik drew a bases loaded walk for the first run and was followed by a single from Blake Marino. Will Nader brought in the sixth run of the game off a fielderâ??s choice as he beat out a potential double-play ball.
St. Cloud put their first three on in the third to chase reliever Nick Franklin and all three ended up scoring to make it 6-5.
Truman got an insurance run in the sixth when Larkin singled, advanced on a groundout and scored on an errant throw by the Huskiesâ?? shortstop.
Cody Gardner took over in the seventh and got a double play to end that inning, worked around a two-out error in the eighth and a one-out single in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season.
Courtesy: Truman State University