KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - - The Truman softball team closed out a 4-2 weekend at home with two victories on Sunday afternoon, wrapping up a suspended March doubleheader against Nebraska-Kearney with a 6-0 win in game one before downing the Lopers 4-3 in game two.
Starters Hannah Washburn and Kindra Henze kept UNK hitters off-balance all afternoon, as both went the distance in their respective games and struck out 10 apiece. Truman, meanwhile, countered with a .396 hitting day at the plate while UNK mustered just a .125 batting average.
The Bulldogs (25-15, 13-11 MIAA) have two MIAA doubleheaders remaining in the 2013 regular season, beginning on Friday (April 26) afternoon at Washburn (Kan.) (9-31, 5-17 MIAA). First pitch in Topeka, Kan., is set for 2:00 pm.
Game 1 Recap â?? W 6-0 (
It took nearly a month to complete, but the Bulldog softball team used two runs in each of the first three innings to notch a 6-0 win in game one. The game was suspended on March 30 in the top of the fourth inning, but upon the re-start Sunday, Washburn was at her peak â?? striking out the first four batters she faced â?? en route to a complete game victory and 10 punchouts.
Andrea Klipsch and Kristin Grossman finally saw their first-inning home runs added to the season totals, as did Corey Niblett's two RBIs from a single to right in the second inning. Ally McReynolds capped the scoring prior to the gameâ??s suspension with a two-run single to center in the bottom of the third.
Grossman, McReynolds and Danielle Lewellen each had two hits in the game, while the â??Dogs went 4-for-5 swiping bases.
Game 2 Recap â?? W 4-3 (
The Bulldogs scored four runs throughout the first three innings and held on for a one-run victory in game two.
Laura Miller led off the Bulldog half of the first with a double and advanced to third on a passed ball. Klipsch then delivered a single up the middle right away, bringing home Miller for a 1-0 lead. Then, in the second, Miller took her turn to drive home a run, as her single to left welcomed Meredith Kusky to the plate for a 2-0 Bulldog advantage.
Kusky then came through with a clutch hit in the bottom of the third, doubling to straight-away center field on the 10
pitch of an at-bat, driving home Grossman and Liz Leath to push the Truman lead to four.
Henze, meanwhile, had yet to give up a hit â?? striking out six in the first three innings â?? before finally giving up a leadoff double in the fourth. After UNK closed to 4-1 through four, the Lopers added two runs in the fifth to make it a 4-3 ball game. With a runner on third and two outs, however, UNKâ??s Makenzie Ault ran into an out at home â?? allowing Truman to get out of the inning.
That would be the only break Henze would need, as she shut down the Lopers in order in both the sixth and seventh to pick up her seventh win of the season. She struck out 10 and gave up just three hits, while Trumanâ??s three position-playing seniors (Grossman, Kusky, Miller) combined to go 7-for-9 in their final home appearances as Bulldogs.
Courtesy: Truman State University