Senior Laura Miller totaled four RBI out of the leadoff spot, and freshman Kindra Henze picked up her second win in 17 hours, as the Truman softball team closed the regular season and punched a ticket to the MIAA tournament with a 12-4 victory at Washburn (Kan.) on Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs (28-16, 16-12 MIAA) will advance to the MIAA tournament, beginning Thursday (May 2) night at 6:00 pm in Overland Park, Kan., for the first time since the 2010 season.
Trumanâ??s seed will not be known until potentially as late as Tuesday, when the official MIAA tournament bracket will be released.
The Bulldogs could be seeded anywhere from No. 6 to No. 8 depending on results throughout the final weekend of conference play. After defeating WU 20-1 on Friday night in game one before game two being suspended to Sunday afternoon due to rain, the Bulldogs again used little time to get on top and put pressure on the Lady Blues.
Truman scored four in the second inning before adding three in the sixth and five additional insurance runs in the seventh. Henze, meanwhile, came off her complete game shutout of Emporia (Kan.) State on Saturday night by giving up just one earned run and five hits during six innings against Washburn. The freshman is now 9-7 on the season after striking out three on Sunday. Sophomores Cate Simon and Ally McReynolds both homered in the seventh, with McReynolds adding a double previously en route to a three-hit day at the plate.
Simon and Miller added two hits apiece, as the Bulldogs combined for 32 runs and 30 hits in the programâ??s final scheduled trip to Topeka.