Truman baseball struggles in late innings

SEARCY, Ark. â?? The Truman Baseball team suffered a pair of late-inning loses in their 2014 season debut on Saturday. The Bulldogs lost 7-3 in the opener to Harding (Ark.) and 3-2 in the nightcap. The teams will play a single nine-inning game on Sunday.

Game 1 Box Score

Harding 7, Truman 3

The Bulldogs leading RBI man picked up where he left off from last season as Paul Trenhaile opened up the 2014 campaign with a single up the middle to score Zak Larkin in the fourth inning of the opener.

The Bison evened things up against starter Tim Lee with a two-out base hit from Matt Calhoun through the right side of the infield.

Truman didn't waste time in jumping back on top as Dave Gambino doubled down the left field line to plate both Jarod Hahn and Trenhaile for the 3-2 lead. The Bulldogs looked for the big inning but stranded the bases loaded.

After getting out of the jam in the top of the sixth, the Bison got another key two-out single by John Chapman to knot things up again.

Trenhaile doubled in the seventh and advanced to third with two outs on a wild pitch but Jeff Belknap got Blake Deaton swinging to end the threat. In the bottom of the frame, Alex Hoffman made his Bulldog debut and was greeted with a double by Zac Stewart. Noah Chandler successfully bunted Stewart home and runners advanced on a throwing error. James Anderson followed with a two-run single to right to open things up.

Harding added two more runs in the eighth.

Lee was solid going six innings, allowing five hits and two runs while Hoffman was tagged with the loss.

Game 2 Box Score

Harding 3, Truman 2 (8 Innings)

Game two of the series needed extra innings to be decided and Truman had golden chances to win.

After Paul Trenhaile tied the game in the fifth while scoring on a wild pitch, the Bulldogs had first and third with one out in the top of the seventh, of the scheduled seven inning contest. The Bison summoned Zac Stewart in from the bullpen and he promptly struck out Trenhaile and Corbin Williams to end the inning.

The Bison scored the winning run in the eighth when Erin McCarver scored on a wild pitch by Taylor Brooks with two outs in the inning.

Trenhaile and Zrostlik collected a pair of hits in game two with Mark Roberts going six innings on the hill with one earned run and four strikeouts.

Courtesy Truman State University