Truman State baseball drops two to Southwest Baptist

Jarod Hahn went three for six at the plate and the Truman offense got 20 hits and were five of six in stolen bases but they stranded 22 runners in a conference doubleheader sweep by Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University on Wednesday afternoon.

The Bulldogs fell 3-2 in the opener and 13-4 in the nightcap. The team is scheduled to play at Northeastern (Okla.) State this weekend.

While Truman (1-4; 1-4 MIAA) had 20 hits in the two games, SBU (4-1; 4-1 MIAA) hit .377 as a team during the doubleheader with Zach Pirrello and Drew Miller each picking up four hits apiece.

Hahn was three of six and had an on-base percentage of .625 while Corbin Williams went two for four in the opener and had a run scored.

Truman led in both games, leading 2-1 in the first game and raced out to a 4-0 lead in the second game.

Game 1 Recap

Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University was able to capitalize on their opportunities and defeated the Truman Baseball team 3-2 in the first game of their MIAA doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon.

The Bearcats took a 1-0 lead as Bo Helsel lifted a sac fly that scored Ross Wolfe in the bottom of the first.

Wolfe reached on a walk, advanced on a single then went to third on a wild pitch.

Truman tied the game in their next at bat as Paul Trenhaile manufactured a run.

Trenhaile was hit by a pitch, advanced on a groundout, stole third and came in on Blake Marinoâ??s RBI single.

In the third, Truman took the lead when Corbin Williams hit an RBI single and went to second on a fielding error by the centerfielder. Zak Larkin then hit a ball back to pitcher Zack Winchester who booted it allowing Williams to come around and score and a 2-1 Bulldog lead.

Tyler McCreary ran into trouble in the fourth when he hit Will Swofford to load the bases with one out. McCreary then issued a bases loaded walk to the number nine hitter Zach Pirrello to tie the game and an RBI single by Aaron Anderson to give SBU the lead. Righfielder Jarod Hahn threw out Swofford at the plate to keep it a one-run game.

The Bulldogs would load the bases in the sixth but Jordan Howe flied out to left to end the inning.

In the seventh, after a groundout to start the inning, the next two Truman hitters reached base.

Hahn walked with two outs to load the bases again but Trenhaile grounded out to second to end the game.

McCreary took the loss as he threw four innings and Mark Roberts pitched two innings of one-hit ball and struck out four Bearcats.

Winchester pitched the complete game for SBU striking out five.

Game Two Recap

Truman scored the gameâ??s first four runs but watched as the Bearcats tallied seven in the third inning to score 13 unanswered runs in the doubleheader finale.

The Bulldogs kicked things off when Zak Larkin singled and stole second and came in on an double by Jarod Hahn. Chris Zrostlik and Jordan Howe each had run scoring singles to put Truman up 3-0 in the first.

The Bulldogs added a run in the fourth when Tyler Wood was credited with a steal of home.

Kyle Jochems changed the complexion of the game when he drilled a three-run homer in the bottom of the third.

The Bearcats would tack on two more unearned runs on a Ross Wolfe RBI double in the inning to go up 7-4.

Wolfe struck again in the fifth with another two-run double and Drew Miller followed in the next at bat to bring in Wolfe to make it 10-4.

SBU would add a sac fly run in the sixth, an RBI triple by Brad Helsel and a sac fly in the seventh to close the scoring.

Matthew Grosch was tagged for the loss for the Bulldogs while Tim Collins was the winner in relief for the Bearcats.

Courtesy Truman State University