Two completely different scripts wrote out a split for the Truman softball team on Friday, as the Bulldogs set a new school record for home runs in a game before being held in check during an afternoon twinbill with Northeastern (Okla.) State. The Bulldogs won game one 11-8, getting seven home runs off the bats of six different players, while the RiverHawks bounced back with a 9-0 win in five innings in the finale. With the results, the Bulldogs are now 22-14 overall on the season and 10-10 in the MIAA.
Truman will host No. 7 Central Oklahoma on Saturday for Senior Day, beginning at noon. Game 1 Recap ?? W 11-8 (Box Score):
Despite the two teams combining for nine home runs, it was Truman who was able to put up the most stops late, holding NSU to just one run during the final three innings to earn an 11-8 win in the opener. Truman opened up a 5-0 lead right out the gate, getting a Kelsey Bollman (Maquoketa, Iowa, Maquoketa) sacrifice fly followed up by two-run shots off the bats of Liz Leath (St. Charles, Mo., Francis Howell Central) and Meredith Kusky (Ballwin, Mo., Nerinx Hall). NSU would score two in the third, but the Bulldogs punched right back with back-to-back solo shots by Leath and Kristin Grossman (Glen Ellyn, Ill., Glenbard South). Northeastern would use the wind to its advantage in the fourth, getting a three-run and a two-run homerun to tie the game before Bollman, Cate Simon (O'Fallon, Mo., Fort Zumwalt South) and Laura Miller (Columbia, Mo., Hickman) each homered over the fourth and fifth innings to push the lead to 11-7.
NSU scored once in the sixth, but Hannah Washburn (Keokuk, Iowa, Keokuk) earned a complete game victory by striking out seven RiverHawks. The seven Bulldog home runs set a new school record for a single-game and tied for the 7th-most all-time in a single-game by any NCAA-II program.
In addition, it tied the MIAA record for most home runs in a single-game, matching Missouri Western??s seven HR outburst against Washburn in 2005. Leath led all ??Dogs with three hits and three RBI, with Miller and Grossman added two hits apiece.
Cayce Coleman took the loss for NSU, surrendering 10 runs (all earned) in four innings of work. Game 2 Recap ?? L 9-0 (5 innings) (Box Score):
As hot as the Bulldog bats were in game one, they were equally as cold in game two, as Truman mustered just one hit in five innings against NSU in a 9-0 loss to settle for a split. Bollman singled with two outs in the first, but after being stranded, the Bulldogs put just one runner on base the rest of the game. Kindra Henze (Palmyra, Mo., Palmyra) started and gave up six runs in four innings in front of reliever Kirsten Krause (St. Louis, Mo., Parkway North), who did not surrender an earned run. Kayce Wooldridge earned the win for NSU, while Amanda Harjo led the NSU bats with five RBI.
Courtesy Truman State University