Truman State baseball stays alive for postseason shot

Corban Williams
and Paul Trenhaile broke single-season school records in a pivotal fifth inning as the Bulldogs came from behind to defeat William Jewell 5-4 to earn a split in their key GLVC West Division series on Saturday. The teams return to the diamond on Sunday for Senior Day and a chance to grab a postseason tournament berth.

Trenhaile went 4-for-7 during the doubleheader picking up three hits in the 3-0 loss in the opener but getting the game-tying triple in the fifth to become the Bulldogs single-season hits leader with 64. The triple scored Williams, who had swiped his 31st base of the year, breaking the 18-year record for steals.

With the win in game two and a pair of Rockhurst (Mo.) losses at Quincy (Ill.) on Saturday, Truman is percentage points ahead of the Hawks from Kansas City for the final wild card spot into the GLVC tournament. Both teams play doubleheaders on Sunday.

Chris Zrostlik collected three hits on the day for the Bulldogs as well.

Coleman Waheed and Bryan Porting had three hits for the Cardinals, who sit a half game back of both Truman and Rockhurst for the playoff spot.

Game 1 Recap: Drew Mitrisin shutdown the Bulldog offense allowing six hits in pitching the complete-game shutout in the opener. Mitrisin won his fifth of the season, throwing just over 100 pitches and struck out five.

William Jewell jumped on the Bulldogs early as Bryan Porting led off with a single then advanced on a bunt single aided by a throwing error and came in on a groundout.

Truman left a pair on in the bottom of the first while Jewell pushed across another run in the second, again aided by a fielding error.

The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning with two outs but Corban Williams struck out swinging to end the threat.

Mitrisin allowed just three more hits the rest of the way while the Cardinals added an insurance run in the fifth after the Bulldogs committed their third error of the game.

Mark Roberts took the loss going the distance allowing seven hits and one earned run.

Game 2 Recap: Game two of the doubleheader started just as bleak as the first with the Cardinals scoring three times in the second inning to grab the early lead.

The Bulldogs finally cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning when Chris Zrostlik led off with a double and scored following a throwing error by the centerfielder after a single by Dave Gambino.

The Cardinals erased that run in the third as Clarke O'Dowd blasted his third home run of the season over the left field fence.

Zak Larkin doubled to right to begin the third and would score on Jarod Hahn's two-out double to left.

The Bulldogs inched closer in the fourth as Gambino led off with a double and went to third on a single through the left side by Blake Deaton. Mike Monfre hit into a double-play but Gambino scored to make it 4-3 William Jewell.

In the fifth, Corban Williams beat out an infield single then grabbed the top single-season stolen base spot with his 31st of the season to move into scoring position. He broke Brad Jenkins' 1996 Truman record of 30 stolen bases.

Paul Trenhaile followed and hit a sinking liner to left that got under the glove of the left field Sam Morman to tie the game with Trenhaile racing to third with his fourth career triple. It was the 64


hits of the season for the junior breaking the Bulldog single-season record previously head by Mike Kubinski set in 1999.

Hahn broke the tie with an RBI single to left but was later erased on a caught stealing. Zrostlik hit the second triple of the inning but was left standing at third.

Cody Gardner worked around a hit batsmen in the sixth then hit the first batter he faced in the seventh. A sac bunt by Bryan Porting moved Luke Lucchetti into scoring position. Trenhaile appeared to have made an acrobatic catch in foul territory for the second out of the inning, but it was ruled that Bryan Rezin should get first base on catcher's interference.

The Cardinals tried to execute a double steal and were successful in moving Lucchetti to third while Rezin drew enough attention but remained at first.

Gardner then threw over to first trying to get Rezin leaning and in the process, Lucchetti broke for the plate and was gunned down by Trenhaile as he fired to Mike Monfre for the second out of the inning. Gardner closed the game in style with a strikeout of Sam Morman on a 3-2 pitch.

With the win, Truman eclipsed the 1999 season record of 21 victories while Gardner nabbed his team leading fifth win.

Courtesy Truman State University