The Truman softball team saw its 16-game winning streak snapped with a pair of one-run losses at 13
-ranked Missouri-St. Louis on Sunday, as the Tritons held off the Bulldogs in a pair of 2-1 and 8-7 decisions on the UMSL campus.
Truman (18-5, 10-2 GLVC) saw the second-longest win streak in program history halted on a crisp spring day in St. Louis, as the nationally-ranked Tritons used the long ball to hang the first league losses on the Bulldogs in the standings. UMSL hit five round-trippers on the day against the Bulldog staff, with Truman throwing its best counter punches by rattling off 15 hits in the doubleheader.
Senior Kelsey Bollman (game two) and junior Andrea Klipsch (game one) each tallied a three-hit game for the Bulldog attack, while seniors Danielle Lewellen and Jessica Van Nostrand each had two-hit games in the finale. A Liz Leath grand slam provided more than half the team's offense in game two, while Klipsch, J. Van Nostrand, and Cate Simon each tacked on a double on the day.
The Bulldog pitching tandem of sophomores Kindra Henze and Kelsea Dorsey combined to strike out 19 Tritons; however, seven of UMSL's 10 runs on the day were earned.
Truman returns to action on Wednesday afternoon, visiting Quincy (Ill.) for a doubleheader at 2 p.m. The Hawks fell to 12-16 (4-8 GLVC) on the season after being swept by both UMSL and Maryville this weekend.
Game 1 Recap â?? #13 UMSL 2, Truman 1
A battle involving two of the GLVC's top aces lived up to its billing on Sunday in game one, with the Tritons' Hannah Perryman out-dueling Truman's Henze in a 2-1 Triton victory. Henze struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter, but solo home runs by UMSL in the second and fourth proving to be the difference.
Trailing 2-0, the Bulldogs got one run back in the top of the fifth, as Alexis Van Nostrand touched home after Bollman reached on an error by UMSL second baseman Katie Wood. However, Truman would get only a single in the 7
the rest of the way, allowing UMSL to snap the Bulldogs' 16-game winning streak.
Klipsch went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and drew a walk to reach base in all four plate appearances, while Leath and A. Van Nostrand added Truman's other hits. Perryman struck out 11 and gave up five hits and two walks to improve to 7-2, while Henze fell to 10-2.
Game 2 Recap â?? #13 UMSL 8, Truman 7 (8 innings)
A walkoff passed ball ended a wild nightcap between the GLVC West's top two teams, as UMSL used its last at-bat privileges to pick up a one-run victory and a sweep.
The Bulldogs trailed 2-0 in the fourth before Leath stepped to the plate and delivered her second career grand slam â?? scoring Bollman, pinch-runner Kelsey Jacques, and J. Van Nostrand to put Truman back on top 4-2.
A three-run shot in the bottom of the 5
and a solo blast in the bottom of the 6
provided UMSL a 6-4 lead, but Truman leaned on the Van Nostrand sisters for a 7
-inning rally. After Bollman singled and Simon doubled with one out, J. Van Nostrand doubled them both home to even the game at 6-6. Leath would reach on a fielder's choice that didn't get an out anywhere, leading to A. Van Nostrand singling home her older sister for a 7-6 lead.
But, the bottom of the seventh was led off with a solo HR against Bulldog tosser Dorsey, sending the game to an extra inning, where a leadoff double and subsequent steal was finished by a passed ball and an 8-7 win for the home team.
Truman pounded out 10 hits in the finale, getting a team-high three from Bollman. Both Bollman and J. Van Nostrand scored twice, with Leath's four RBI leading all players. Dorsey fell to 8-3 on the year despite striking out nine in 7.1 innings of work. She gave up 12 hits and four walks en route to five earned runs, while Perryman earned her second win of the day â?? improving to 8-2 â?? after entering in relief to pitch 1.2 innings of shutout ball.
Courtesy Truman State University