A pair of freshmen came through with clutch performances in game two to help the Truman softball team garner a Saturday night split at Emporia (Kan.) State.
The Bulldogs dropped game one 5-0 before taking game two 1-0.
Freshman Kindra Henze delivered a complete game shutout in the circle in game two, while fellow newcomer Whitney Richardson delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the seventh to propel the Bulldogs to a split with ESU.
The two teams entered the week ranked 9th (ESU) and 10th (Truman) in the latest NCAA-II Central region, with the Bulldogs still chasing an MIAA tournament bid
With the split, the Bulldogs are now 27-16 overall (15-12 MIAA) with one game remaining in the 2013 regular season.
Truman returns to Topeka, Kan., on Sunday at noon to complete the suspended doubleheader at Washburn.
The Bulldogs won game one 20-1 on Friday afternoon before rains halted play and pushed game two to Sunday.
Game 1 Recap ?? L 5-0 (Box Score):
Emporia used a three-run outburst in the first inning, including two that were unearned, to build a lead and roll to a 5-0 win in game one.
The Bulldogs got just two hits in the game against ESU pitchers Karley Schmelzer and Lauren Sharp, whereas the host Hornets touched Bulldog starter Hannah Washburn for 10 hits and three earned runs in the shutout.
Game 2 Recap ?? W 1-0 (Box Score):
A one-out RBI single down the right-field line in the top of the seventh proved to be the difference-maker, as the Bulldogs salvaged a split with a 1-0 win in game two.
After coming on as a pinch-hitter with Ally McReynolds on second base, Richardson delivered her 11th RBI of the season to give Truman its 15th league win of the year.
Henze, meanwhile, pitched her first collegiate solo shutout, baffling Emporia??s offense throughout the game and allowing just one Hornet to reach third base.
She gave up just four hits and one walk, while striking out a pair to earn win No. 8.
Five Bulldogs each tallied a single hit against ESU??s Schmelzer, who threw 11 total innings on the night and picked up both a win and a loss.
Courtesy Truman State University