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      Big road trip for Truman State softball

      After moving up four more spots in this week's NFCA top-25 coaches' poll, the No. 21 Truman softball team takes to the road this Saturday and Sunday, visiting Rockhurst and William Jewell for a pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheaders. The Bulldogs (26-5, 16-2 GLVC) have gone 8-0 since the last set of game notes, picking up three straight GLVC sweeps of Quincy (9-0 & 6-3), Missouri S&T (8-0 & 8-0), and Drury (2-1 & 3-0), while also taking care of former MIAA-rival Northwest Missouri by scores of 1-0 and 4-1.

      This latest stretch has sent the Bulldogs to 24 wins in the team's last 26 games â?? broken up only by two one-run losses at current GLVC West division leader Missouri-St. Louis on March 23. Truman has been on a tear both offensively and defensively this season, hitting .353 at the plate, while the tandem of Kindra Henze and Kelsea Dorsey have limited opponents with just a 1.06 combined ERA.

      The Bulldogs' fielding has been the league's best as well, converting on 97.2% of its defensive chances.

      All three totals led the GLVC's 16 teams entering this week's action. Erin Brown is in her eighth season at the helm of the Bulldog program, having compiled a 170-196 record at her alma mater.

      The club's 16-game win streak earlier this season marked the longest during her tenure. Bulldogs Spend Second Straight Week in Top-25:

      Shortly after last week's notes were released, Truman found itself ranked No. 25 in the NFCA top-25 coaches' poll, with their position rising four spots to No. 21 this week. The Bulldogs were joined by No. 10 UMSL as the GLVC's representatives in the top-25, with both Indianapolis and Bellarmine receiving votes outside the top-25. Fellow Midwest region conference, the GLIAC, had just one member represented in this week's poll â?? Wayne (Mich.) State at No. 6.

      Courtesy Truman State University