The No. 22 and third-seeded Truman softball team survived an early onslaught from sixth-seeded Lewis in the opening round of the 2014 Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament to advance with a 10-7 victory against the Flyers.
The Bulldogs (41-9) move on to the winner's bracket semifinals and a second game later on Friday afternoon against No. 2 seed Missouri-St. Louis.
Lewis (23-23) pounced on the Bulldogs in the first, putting up a five-spot on six hits against Truman starter Kindra Henze
After the 'Dogs inserted Kelsea Dorsey in the second, Truman settled down and got two runs back in the home half behind an Ally McReynolds double and a Whitney Richardson groundout.
Then, in the third, two Lewis errors on at-bats by Andrea Klipsch and Kelsey Bollman put runners on board with nobody out.
Cate Simon doubled to right-center, scoring Klipsch, before Liz Leath singled home Bollman one batter later.
Alexis VanNostrand then singled to left field, plating Simon and evening the battle at 5-5.
In the fourth, Truman loaded the bases for Leath, who delivered her second grand slam of the season over the left field fence to put the purple and white on top 9-5.
Simon would then add her10th home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth to extend the Bulldog lead to 10-5, before Lewis threatened but scored just two in the top of the seventh for the 10-7 final.
A. Van Nostrand went 4-for-4 at the plate, while Leath went 3-for-4 with five RBI. Simon added a pair of hits, with Dorsey earning her 20th win of the season after entering in relief and tossing six innings of one-earned run ball.
Courtesy Truman State University