Truman State baseball clinches postseason birth with sweep
With three teams vying for one spot in the postseason tournament, a lot was riding on Sunday's opener. The only team that could clinch the final spot was the Bulldogs with a win while William Jewell needed a sweep and Rockhurst (Mo.) needed wins playing at Quincy (Ill.).
A two-out single by Clarke O'Dowd put the Cardinals on the board in the first with Truman getting a sac fly from Corban Williams to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.
William Jewell took control with a single run in the second and single runs in the fourth and fifth to go up 4-1 on the Bulldogs in the seven inning game.
Jarod Hahn singled on the first pitch to start Truman's sixth then Chris Zrostlik drew a walk on a full count. Dave Gambino then ripped a double to right scoring Hahn and advancing Zrostlik to third.
Following a pitching change, Blake Deaton singled up the middle to scoring Zrostlik and pinch runner T.J. Wood to knot the game at four apiece. After a strikeout, Will Nader singled to right center scoring Deaton to give the Bulldogs their first lead. Williams then doubled to left center to plate Nader in what proved to be the winning run.
Tyler Spencer, working in his third inning of relief of starter Alex Hoffman, gave up a one-out home run to Sam Morman but got O'Dowd and Vance Gorman to send Truman into the tournament. Spencer picked up his third win of the season while William Jewell's Blaze Carano was saddled with the loss.
Game 4: Will Nader capped off senior day with a clutch two-out, two-run single to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead after two while fellow seniors Tyler McCreary and Chris Allard finished off the Cardinals in the 4-1 victory.
William Jewell took a 1-0 lead again in the second inning but the Bulldogs responded right away. Truman loaded the bases with senior Mike Monfre tying the game on a sac fly followed by Nader's hit to left center to give the Bulldogs the lead.
McCreary (2-2) worked seven innings, allowing six hits and just the one unearned run while Allard pitched the final two innings to record his second save of the season and sixth career save to tie for third in Truman's all-time list.
Corban Williams added an insurance run in the eighth scoring Josh DeRouse from third with two outs.
Courtesy of Truman State University