Truman State softball starts Spring Break trip with two wins


Momentum continued to build for the Truman softball team on Friday during day one of its Spring Break trip to the National Training Center.

The Bulldogs defeated Ashland, 3-0, Hillsdale, 7-2, and have outscored their opponents 46-2 during the six-game winning streak.

With the two victories, Truman improved to 12-8 overall, while Ashland split on Friday to move to 6-9 and Hillsdale has dropped three straight to fall to 5-8 on the season.

On day one in The Sunshine State, the Bulldogs were once again led by Christa Reisinger.

The sophomore outfielder went 5-for-7 at the dish with two runs scored, three RBI, five total bases, and two stolen bases in three attempts.

In the first game, three runs of support was plenty for junior pitcher, Nicolette Simpson, was throwing.

The Truman offense came up with one run in the second and two more in the fifth.

In the second, with defending GLVC Player of the Week, Lex Van Nostrand, standing at third base, Morgan McMahan reached on an error by the third baseman, which allowed Van Nostrand to score and give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

In the fifth, after Valerie Schmidt singled and Riley Cook doubled to put runners on second and third, Reisinger came through with a run-scoring single to make it 2-0.

The third and final run scored the very next play when freshman, Alyssa Rivera, tallied her 16th RBI of the year with a sacrifice fly to left.

Those 16 RBI are tied with Reisinger and Van Nostrand for second on the team, while Ashley Murphy lead the squad in that category with 20.

In the circle, Simpson (5-4) was brilliant. The junior transfer threw five innings and gave up just three hits with one walk and two strikeouts

. In relief, Alyssa Hajduk earned her first of two career saves with two innings pitched, three punchouts and not a single free pass.

In the nightcap, the Purple and White put up seven runs on eight hits with four runs in the second, one in the fifth and two more in the seventh

. Hillsdale scored first to go up 1-0, but Truman answered with a four spot the next half inning

. That frame, Cook singled in Kadie Orenstein, Adrienne Compton scored on a wild pitch and Reisinger brought in a pair with a single to left center.

Three innings later in the fifth, the Bulldogs made it a four-run lead when Murphy hit a base knock to right center and Reisinger touched the dish

. After the Chargers slimmed the margin to three in the sixth, 5-2,

Truman added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh with a Rivera RBI double and she scored later in the inning when Van Nostrand reached on an error by the right fielder.

Reigning GLVC Pitcher of the Week, Lauren Dale (7-2), lasted 5.1 innings with two earned runs surrendered on four hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Hajduk then turned in her second save of the day with 1.2 shutout frames.

Next up, the Bulldogs stay in Florida on Saturday to take on Northwood (12 p.m.) and Le Moyne (2:30 p.m.).

Courtesy Truman State University


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