The Truman softball team played catch-up throughout most of its MIAA tournament first-round game against Missouri Western, but in the end fell 5-3 to move into the consolation bracket of the weekend event. The Bulldogs (28-17) were scheduled to play Pittsburg (Kan.) State in an elimination game at 4:00 pm on Friday, but due to deteriorating weather conditions, the game was postponed to 11:00 am on Saturday (May 4) morning at the Blue Valley Recreation Complex. Truman fell behind 1-0 after one inning and trailed 2-0 through three before all-MIAA first-teamer Kelsey Bollman (Maquoketa, Iowa, Maquoketa) led off the top of the fourth with a home run to straightaway center field. The Bulldogs tied the game in the fifth, scoring on a Bollman fielderâ??s choice, but left the bags loaded to go into the bottom half tied at 2-2.
Western, meanwhile, added two in its half to double the lead to 4-2, before Laura Miller (Columbia, Mo., Hickman) again brought Truman closer with an RBI single in the top of the sixth. Western would plate an unearned run in the home half of the sixth before Truman went down in order in the seventh for the 5-3 final. The Bulldogs stranded nine runners on base for the game, including seven during a three-inning stretch in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Miller and Liz Leath (St. Charles, Mo., Francis Howell Central) provided two hits apiece, with Bollmanâ??s two RBI pacing the Bulldog offense. Kindra Henze (Palmyra, Mo., Palmyra) started and went the distance, giving up seven hits and four earned runs, while striking out five on 113 pitches.
Former Kirksville pitcher Jackie Bishop picked up the win as she had seven strikeouts in seven innings.
Courtesy Truman State University