The fifth 40-win season in program history came via a sweep on Senior Day, as the No. 22 Truman softball team closed a 30-win Great Lakes Valley Conference campaign with a pair of 1-0 and 2-1 victories against Maryville (Mo.) on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (40-9, 30-6 GLVC) finished the 2014 regular season as the only program in league play to reach the 30-win mark; however, due to the league's standings procedures being percentage-based, Truman will take the No. 3 seed into next week's GLVC tournament â?? held May 2-4 in Peoria, Ill.
On Saturday, Truman used timely hitting and two more stellar pitching performances to slip past a Saints (17-27, 11-19) squad that played neck-and-neck with the purple and white throughout the afternoon. The 'Dogs limited MU to just a .125 batting average as a team on the day, while pounding out 17 hits of their own â?? led by a 4-for-6 day by junior 1B Liz Leath. Meanwhile, the pitching staff didn't give up a single earned run, lowering the team's season ERA to 1.15.
The team's 40
win marked the first season to reach that milestone since the 2004 squad's 44-12 campaign. The 2014 Bulldogs join the 1999 (46 wins), 2000 (44 wins), 2001 (43) and '04 squads as the only ones in program history to reach the 40-win mark.
The official GLVC softball bracket will not be announced until Sunday night, as a handful of doubleheaders still are scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.
Game 1 Recap - #22 Truman 1, Maryville 0
Freshman C Alexis VanNostrand's RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning plated the game's only run, while sophomore P Kindra Henze flirted with a perfect game in Truman's 1-0 game one victory against the Saints.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, A. VanNostrand send the first pitch of her at-bat into center field, bringing home junior 2B Andrea Klipsch from third for what would turn into the game's winning run.
Klipsch led the Bulldogs with two hits offensively. Meanwhile, Henze was nearly untouchable â?? giving up only an infield tapper in the top of the sixth to the Saint offense â?? in winning her 21
game of the season. She struck out six, didn't walk a batter, and faced only one above the minimum in her 74-pitch complete game shutout.
Game 2 Recap - #22 Truman 2, Maryville 1
A thrilling walk-off victory stamped the end of the regular season with an exclamation point for the No. 22 Bulldogs, as Truman took a 2-1 victory in game two.
Maryville got things going in the third, when pitcher Kelsey Kapitzke doubled home Karlie Twisselman for an unearned run in the top of the third. Truman would counter-punch in the fifth, however, as a Klipsch RBI groundout scored junior OF Ally McReynolds from third.
Then, in the bottom of the seventh, McReynolds led off with a hit before senior SS Corey Niblett and senior OF Danielle Lewellen also reached base with nobody out. Klipsch came through again â?? reaching on a fielder's choice as the Bulldogs scored on a throwing error by Maryville's shortstop to get win No. 40 on the year.
Liz Leath went 3-for-3 in game two, as Truman knocked out 11 hits but struggled to score runs. Meanwhile, sophomore P Kelsea Dorsey gave up just five hits and a walk to go with MU's single unearned run to improve her record to 19-5 on the year.
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