blasted two home runs and drove home six of Truman's 11 runs, as the No. 16 Bulldog softball team completed a four-game season sweep of rival Quincy (Ill.) with two victories on Tuesday afternoon at the Truman Softball Park.
The Bulldogs (37-8, 27-5 GLVC) edged closer to the 40-win mark with a 6-2 game one win before notching a 5-2 victory in the nightcap. With Simon providing the offensive spark, Truman's sophomore pitching tandem of Kelsea Dorsey and Kindra Henze earned wins No. 18 and 19, respectively, in complete game outings.
Simon, Danielle Lewellen, and Liz Leath each put out three-hit days, as the purple and white pounded out 16 hits in the twinbill against the Lady Hawks (20-28, 12-20 GLVC). Lewellen added four stolen bases â?? raising her GLVC-leading total to 38 (in 44 attempts), with Alexis VanNostrand nabbed a double and a stolen base of her own.
Truman closes out the regular season portion of the 2014 schedule this weekend, with the Bulldogs slated to host both No. 5 Missouri-St. Louis and Maryville. Both sets of doubleheaders are set to begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday (UMSL) and Sunday (Maryville).
Game 1 Recap - #16 Truman 6, Quincy 2
The Bulldogs scored five runs in the first two innings on the way to a 6-2 game one victory against QU in Tuesday's doubleheader.
Cate Simon got things going in the bottom of the first, as a 2-2 pitch was deposited over the left field fence for a 2-0 lead. Then, in the second, the Bulldogs received a two-out infield single by Danielle Lewellen that scored Jessica VanNostrand, before Ally McReynolds came around later in the next at-bat after an errant throw found its way into left field. Andrea Klipsch then doubled home Lewellen to push the lead to 5-0.
QU's Alanna Viken homered in the top of the fifth before Simon drove home Alexis VanNostrand in the bottom half. The Lady Hawks scored one more in the top of the sixth on an illegal pitch, but that would be it, as Truman picked up the 6-2 victory.
Simon's 2-for-3 day at the plate was supplemented by three RBI and a home run, while Kelsea Dorsey improved to 18-4 after giving up six hits and two runs. She struck out six.
Game 2 Recap - #16 Truman 5, Quincy 2
A big fifth inning provided all the separation that Truman would need in game two, as the Bulldogs pushed across four en route to the 5-2 win and a doubleheader sweep.
With two out in the second, the Bulldogs got a walk by J. VanNostrand, a single by Liz Leath, and an RBI infield single by Ally McReynolds to score the game's first run. The fifth then provided more fireworks, as, with two on and no out, the Bulldogs capitalized on a Lady Hawk errant throw to send Lewellen home. Then, Simon belted her second bomb of the day â?? this time to left-center â?? and ninth of the season to push the Bulldog lead to 5-0.
Quincy would make things interesting late, as the Lady Hawks got a solo shot in the sixth and had the tying run at the plate in both the sixth and seventh, but Kindra Henze danced out of trouble both times and moved to 19-4 overall on the season. Leath went 3-for-3 in the finale, while Henze struck out three and walked just one in her complete game victory.
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