For the second time this season, Truman softball sophomore Kindra Henze has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference's Pitcher of the Week, announced Tuesday afternoon by the league office.
Due to the timing of the awards and Truman's altered schedule last weekend, only the first of Henze's two gems to open GLVC play counted toward Tuesday's announcement.
On Sunday afternoon, she took the circle for the Bulldogs' first GLVC contest in program history and was nearly perfect in an 8-0 five-inning run-rule victory
. She struck out five of the first six hitters and did not allow a single base runner until a grounder up the middle snuck through with one out in the top of the fifth inning.
Two ground ball outs later, the Bulldogs started league play 1-0, as Henze struck out seven of the 16 Bearcat batters she faced on the day.
Counting Monday's two-hit shutout against UIS, Henze now holds a 0.66 ERA in seven starts.
She is 5-1 overall with four complete game shutouts, having tossed 42.2 innings with just four earned runs allowed.
Henze has struck out nearly a batter an inning, recording 41 so far this season. Alongside fellow sophomore Kelsea Dorsey, the Bulldog pitching staff has totaled a 0.95 ERA through the first 13 games, striking out 78 batters in 80.2 innings of work.
The Bulldogs, now 10-3 overall (4-0 GLVC) on the year, are slated to visit Lincoln (Mo.) on Wednesday afternoon before returning to Kirksville to play host to Wis.-Parkside (0-4, 0-0 GLVC) and Lewis (4-7, 0-0 GLVC) on Friday and Saturday.
Those games were originally slated to be played on the road, but unplayable conditions in northern Illinois/southern Wisconsin forced them to be moved to the Truman Softball Park.
The doubleheaders will begin at 12 p.m. both days.
Courtesy Truman State University