Truman State baseball uses big second inning to gain win

Tim Lee
tossed seven strong innings and a six-run second inning propelled the Bulldog Baseball team to their first win of the season in an 8-4 triumph over Hillsdale (Mich.) on Saturday. The teams will square off on Sunday for another nine-inning contest.

Blake Deaton led off the second by drawing a walk and stole second. Dave Gambino singled and freshman Kyle Smith, playing in his hometown area, lifted a sac fly to right to bring in Deaton. Will Nader followed with an RBI single and Corban Williams walked with the bases loaded for the third run. After a pitching change, Paul Trenhaile doubled in a pair and Jarod Hahn ground out but brought in the sixth run of the frame.

Luke Ortel tripled in the bottom of the inning and came in on a sac fly off the bat of Tad Sobieszczanski but Lee would retire eight of the next nine hitters until the fifth.

The Chargers scored three times in the fifth on three straight singles and a pair of wild pitches. Lee fanned the last two hitters then set down the Chargers in order in the sixth after Truman on RBI singles by Trenhaile and Deaton.

Lee gave way to Cody Gardner in the eighth after striking out six through seven innings. Gardner put up zeros the final two frames to preserve the victory.

Truman knocked out 11 hits and stranded 10 runners on base with Trenhaile driving in three with a pair of hits and two walks. Zak Larkin, Mike Monfre and Nader also had multiple hits on the day for the Bulldogs.

Courtesy Truman State University