Softball Trounces Bearcats to Earn Sweep

BOLIVAR, Mo. - - The Truman softball team wasted no time rebounding from a pair of losses on Friday, scoring the most runs in a doubleheader in more than 30 years with a 17-0 and 8-2 sweep at Southwest Baptist on Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldogs (20-10, 8-6 MIAA) scored the most runs in a single-game since 1997 with the five-inning run-rule victory in game one, then pushed across eight more in the nightcap to tally the most runs in a DH since a 36-run day by the 1981 team against Columbia (Mo.).

Truman hit .415 as a unit (27-for-65) on the day and went a perfect 14-for-14 stealing bases, while the pitching staff gave up just six hits and struck out 11 batters in 12 innings of work.

The Bulldogs return to action next weekend with a pair of doubleheaders at Missouri Western (Sat., April 13; 2:00 pm) and Northwest Missouri (Sun., April 14; 12:00 pm).

Game 1 Recap â?? W 17-0 (5 innings) (Box Score):

The Bulldogs scored in every inning en route to a 17-0 five-inning win in game one against SBU. Kristin Grossman (Glen Ellyn, Ill., Glenbard South) led all players with three hits, while five others added two hits each. Both Cate Simon (O'Fallon, Mo., Fort Zumwalt South) and Liz Leath (St. Charles, Mo., Francis Howell Central) recorded three RBI, and Corey Niblett (Troy, Mo., Troy Buchanan) touched home four times to tie a program record. Andrea Klipsch (St. Louis, Mo., Lindbergh), Laura Miller (Columbia, Mo., Hickman) and Niblett each swiped two bases, with Kelsey Bollman (Maquoketa, Iowa, Maquoketa) adding one steal.

Hannah Washburn (Keokuk, Iowa, Keokuk) (12-4) started and went three innings, not allowing a hit and striking out one, while Kirsten Krause (St. Louis, Mo., Parkway North) entered in relief to pitch the final two frames. SBU committed eight errors in the game, leading to 13 unearned runs despite still allowing 14 Bulldogs hits.

Game 2 Recap â?? W 8-2 (Box Score):

The Bulldogs scored twice in the opening frame and once again never looked back, pounding 13 more hits in an 8-2 win for a Saturday sweep.

Truman tallied two runs in four separate frames, as the Bulldogs held just a 2-0 lead through four innings before bringing home six runs during the final three at-bats. Grossman recorded a second three-hit day, with Bollman and Miller added three hits each. Bollman paced the â??Dogs with four RBI, while Grossman chipped in three RBI of her own. Niblett and Miller stole another two bases, with Danielle Lewellen (Kirksville, Mo., Kirksville) and Ally McReynolds (Wildwood, Mo., Eureka) combining for three more.

Kindra Henze (Palmyra, Mo., Palmyra) (5-4) matched her season-high with 10 strikeouts, going the distance and giving up just two runs and four hits.

Courtesy: Truman State University