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Truman splits doubleheader at Bellarmine

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After coming from behind to win game one of a doubleheader at Bellarmine, 7-5, the Truman State University softball team held a 6-3 advantage in the nightcap. However, the Knights scored a pair of runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh to walk it off for the series split, 7-6.

With the split, Truman now sits at 21-15 overall and 10-10 in the GLVC while Bellarmine is 14-24 on the season, including 5-15 in league action. Sunday, the Bulldogs' offense was led by Brooke VunCannon and Christa Reisinger who each went 5-for-7 at the plate. After those two, Morgan McMahan (pictured) had three hits in her six at-bats and Riley Cook registered three in her eight at-bats. In the first game, Reisinger made her 146th career start, but first not in the leadoff spot, and Alyssa Rivera started for the 98th time, but first in the three hole.

In game one, Bellarmine scored twice in the third to take the lead before Truman answered with a pair the next inning. In the top of the fourth, Ashley Murphy singled in Reisinger and VunCannon brought in Murphy with a single through the right side. After the Knights went back ahead, 3-2, in the bottom of the fifth, the Bulldogs had a big inning in store for the sixth.

That half of the frame, McMahan singled in Reisinger, Sydney Scherzinger scored Kayla Quanstrum with a base knock, and three more runs crossed the dish on bases-loaded walks to make it 7-3 in favor of the Purple and White. In the bottom of the seventh, the home team had cut the deficit to 7-5 with the tying run at the plate, but the visitors held on for the two-run victory.

Alyssa Hajduk took the no decision after giving up three earned runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in four and a third innings of work. In relief, Nicolette Simpson (3-2) picked up the win with 2.2 innings and two earned runs allowed.

In the rematch, Truman had that 6-3 lead thanks to a couple of three-run home runs from McMahan in the first and Reisinger in the third. However, the Bulldogs couldn't hold the advantage before the Knights won it in walk-off fashion.

Lauren Dale also took the no decision before Hajduk (10-5) received the loss with two-thirds of an inning of relief.

Next up, Truman is at No. 25 Illinois Springfield on Thursday for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

Courtesy of Truman State Athletics

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