Truman State softball extends winning streak to 14

Kindra Henze
became a nine-game winner â?? matching her season total from a year ago â?? and the Truman softball offense provided enough pop to extend the team's winning streak to 14 games with a 7-0 and 4-1 sweep of Lewis (Ill.) on Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldogs (16-3, 8-0 GLVC) closed a hectic, albeit successful, week of action by using big fifth innings in both games against the Flyers (4-9, 0-2 GLVC) to pick up the sweep. While the offense supplied a combined 19 hits, both Henze and Kelsea Dorsey were masterful in the circle â?? limiting the Flyers to only eight hits in 14 innings, with the only run coming via a wild pitch late in game two.

Kelsey Bollman, Liz Leath, and Danielle Lewellen all tallied three hits on the day, while Andrea Klipsch led all players with two RBI in the doubleheader.

After a schedule stretch that included five doubleheaders in seven games, Truman will hit the brakes until a week from Saturday when the squad visits Maryville (Mo.) for an afternoon doubleheader in St. Louis.

Game 1 Recap â?? Truman 7, Lewis 0
Cate Simon had a pair of hits, Andrea Klipsch recorded two RBI, and Kindra Henze struck out seven in a complete game shutout, as the Bulldogs opened the afternoon with a 7-0 blanking of Lewis.

The Bulldogs capitalized on a pair of Flyer defensive miscues to push across runs in both the second and seventh, as Whitney Richardson doubled home Jessica Van Nostrand to get Truman on the board in the top of the second inning. Then, on what should have been the final out of the inning, Alexis Van Nostrand benefited from a dropped fly ball by the LU shortstop, plating Richardson for a 2-0 lead.

In the fifth, Klipsch sailed a no-doubter well beyond the left field fence, scoring Ally McReynolds to push the lead to 4-0.

The 'Dogs then loaded the bases in the top of the seventh for Simon, who singled to center field to score Danielle Lewellend. After a bunt moved runners to second and third, Liz Leath walked to set up another Flyer fumble. Richardson capitalized this time, reaching on a dropped fly by the LU left fielder that allowed Klipsch and Simon to score.

Meanwhile, Henze earned her ninth win of the year â?? and fifth of this week alone â?? with a seven strikeout, three hit shutout on 118 pitches. She walked one but kept the Flyers at bay all afternoon, never allowing a runner past second base.

Game 2 Recap â?? Truman 4, Lewis 1

The top of the Bulldog order registered five hits, while Liz Leath tallied three singles to help the Bulldogs close out another GLVC sweep with a 4-1 nightcap victory.

Truman took until the fourth inning to get on the board, as with two outs and a runner on second, Caroline Gatti and Ally McReynolds sent back-to-back singles up the middle to stake Truman to a 1-0 lead.

Then, in the fifth, the Bulldogs put two on with one out, setting up a Jessica Van Nostrand double down the left field line â?? scoring Kelsey Bollman. Pinch-runner Kelsey Jacques scored on a passed ball during a Leath at-bat that culminated with an RBI single to left-center, bringing home Van Nostrand for a 4-0 lead.

Lewis would turn a leadoff double into a run in the sixth, when Carolyn Nojiri scored on a wild pitch, but that would represent all the offense by Lewis on the day.

Kelsea Dorsey allowed five hits and gave up two walks in seven innings, all while striking out four and surrendering just one run in improving to 7-2 on the year.

Courtesy Truman State University