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Truman softball drops two in extras against Lewis

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - Coming off 13 wins in its last 14 games, the Truman softball team was looking to keep it rolling on Sunday with Lewis in town. Heading into the sixth inning of both games, the Bulldogs had a lead over the Flyers, but couldn't hold their advantage in either contest. It took extra innings to decide both games as Lewis won the first one in eight frames, 3-2, and the nightcap in nine innings, 6-5.

Truman falls to 19-11 overall and 2-2 in the GLVC while Lewis ascends to 14-7 on the season including 3-1 in league play. For the afternoon, Christa Reisinger led the offense with five hits in her nine at-bats and Valerie Schmidt chipped in four base knocks (4-for-8) while Alyssa Rivera and Lex Van Nostrand each had a 3-for-9 day at the dish. Flyers' pitcher, Dara Sanders, came in with some of the best numbers of any starting pitcher in the league and picked up both wins on Sunday. Sanders is now 10-0 with a miniscule 0.72 ERA in 68.1 innings pitched to go with 74 strikeouts and 14 walks.

Game one figured to be a pitcher's duel between these two teams' best hurlers, and that's how it was for the first four and a half innings. Neither squad was able to get a run across until Truman did so with two in the bottom of the fifth. Schmidt got the party started with a bunt single to third and two outs later, Reisinger came through with an RBI double to left field. Next up was Rivera and she followed suit with a run-scoring single to right center.

However, the Flyers notched a run in both the top of the sixth and seventh innings to send it to extras where they would go ahead 3-2 in the top of eighth and hold on for the victory. Nicolette Simpson got the start and went 5.2 innings with one earned run given up on five hits before giving way to Alyssa Hajduk with two outs and runners on second and third in the top of the sixth. Hajduk (1-3) took the loss after surrendering two earned runs on five hits in two and a third innings of work.

Heading into the bottom of the first of the nightcap, Lewis was already ahead of Truman, 4-0. The home team got one of those back in the first with an Ashley Murphy sacrifice fly before a four spot in the home half of the second. Two of those came in when batters reached on errors, Van Nostrand had an RBI groundout and Murphy gave the Bulldogs the 5-4 lead with an RBI single to center.

Truman would hold onto that one-run advantage until the top of the sixth when Lewis knotted things up at 5-5. Three frames later, the Flyers went ahead 6-5 with an RBI single to left before the Bulldogs stranded Reisinger on second in the bottom of the ninth.

Lauren Dale (9-4) went the distance with six earned runs given up on 14 hits, four walks and one strikeout.

Next up, Truman will travel to McKendree on Saturday, March 25 for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. in Lebanon, Ill.

Courtesy: Truman State University

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