Truman baseball finishes season with a split against Rockhurst
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – While the goal of reaching the conference tournament was not achieved, the Bulldog Baseball team went out on a high on Saturday as they came back to split their season series with Rockhurst by winning the finale 8-6.
The Hawks took the first game 6-4 and William Jewell dashed any postseason hopes with a victory in their first game at Quincy to lock up the final tournament spot over the Bulldogs.
After Senior Day festivities, the Bulldogs pounded out 17 hits while senior Jason Priest got the game winning RBI, his 47th of the season and Truman got the win in the nightcap.
Truman ends their season with a 18-30 overall record and 11-15 in the GLVC.
Priest ended the weekend going 7-of-13 (.538) with two doubles and two home runs. He finished with the fifth best single-season batting average at .398, the highest by a Truman player since Josh Rubin's .388 in 2003. His 47 RBIs was third in a single-season at Truman, three shy of the school record 50 set by Tony Vandemore in 1999.
The Bulldogs pounded out 13 doubles in the four games and Charlie Kreh matched Mike Kubinski's single season mark of 19 set back in 1999.
Truman hit .352 for the series and the two teams combined for 13 home runs. Mason King (.471) and Nick Agliolo (.400) were among the Bulldog leaders.
Game 1 Recap:
The Rockhurst Hawks scored five of their six runs with two outs and held on to down the Bulldogs 6-4.
Truman led 1-0 on Charlie Kreh's double in the first to score Mason King but a three-run homer, with two outs, by Henry Weiler put the Hawks on top 4-1 after three.
Rockhurst added single runs in both the fourth and sixth before Truman tried to mount a comeback.
Kreh hit a one-out single and Jason Priest followed with his ninth home run of the season over the center field wall. Wyatt Fones got an RBI single to cut the lead down to 6-4.
That would be the final as Alex Merithew got the save with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
Game 2 Recap:
Matt Tometz pitched four innings in relief and Sam Reuter got the final strikeout for his first collegiate save in his final game as the Bulldogs scored four times in the eighth for an 8-6 win.
Truman had 17 hits and has single runs in the first four innings, however the Hawks scored twice in the second and three times in the third and held a 5-4 lead heading to the eighth.
They would go up 6-4 on their third home run of the game, this one by Jeremy Lufft.
Senior Trevor Bell got the rally started in the Truman half of the inning. Bell singled for his third hit of the game to bring up Mason King. The Bulldog leadoff hitter belted his third home run of the season down the right field line to tie things up at six.
Brendan Trimble kept the train moving with a single on the next pitch and Charlie Kreh singled on his first pitch to send Rockhurst back to their bullpen.
Alex Merithew came in and Jason Priest greeted him with a 1-0 single through the left side that proved to be the game winner. Nick Agliolo hit a sac fly for an insurance run.
Tometz went back out for the ninth to extend his longest career appearance to four innings. He allowed a one-out single but got cleanup hitter Seth Soto to fly out to left for the second out. Dan Davis called upon another Reuter from the pen. Reuter had faced one batter all season and allowed a walk to the first hitter he faced on Saturday to put the tying run on. On a 2-2 pitch to Mitch Stickney, Reuter got the Hawk to swing through and strikeout for his first save.
Trimble had four hits and Priest and Bell had three apiece as it was the second most hits Truman had this season in a game with 17.
Courtesy: Truman State University