A battle between two of the NCAA Div. II's top softball programs ended in a split during a Friday afternoon doubleheader, as the 22nd-ranked Truman Bulldogs and the No. 4 Missouri-St. Louis Tritons each took one victory at the Truman Softball Park.
The Bulldogs (38-9, 28-6 GLVC) and Tritons (39-6, 24-4 GLVC) entered the day ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference West division and Nos. 2 and 3 in the NCAA Div. II Midwest region.
After the squads played to a pair of one-run UMSL wins earlier this season in St. Louis, Truman took game one, 5-0, before UMSL rebounded for a 3-0 victory in game two.
Senior Kelsey Bollman posted a big day with three total hits, including a double and a three-run home run, while Ally McReynolds and Andrea Klipsch added two hits each.
Kindra Henze earned her 20th win of the year in the complete game shutout, tying the program's single-season top mark with her 12th blanking this season.
Truman returns to action on Saturday at 12 p.m. for its final regular season doubleheader of the season, as the Bulldogs will host Maryville (Mo.). The program's four seniors - Corey Niblett, Danielle Lewellen, Jessica VanNostrand, and Kelsey Bollman - will each be recognized prior to the start of the twinbill.
Game 1 Recap - #22 Truman 5, #4 Missouri-St. Louis 0
Kindra Henze was dominating in the circle, while Kelsey Bollman and Ally McReynolds delivered a pair of key hits to propel the Bulldogs to a 5-0 game one victory against the No. 4 Tritons.
After Henze worked around a one-out double in the top of the first by inducing a strikeout and a groundout, the Bulldogs put a three-spot up in the home half behind a two-out blast by Bollman.
As Henze continued to keep the Tritons on tilt all game, McReynolds then added a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to add two more runs of insurance against UMSL's ace, Hannah Perryman.
Bollman and Andrea Klipsch each totaled two hits in the game, while catcher Alexis VanNostrand swiped her seventh bag of the year. Henze, meanwhile, used only 87 pitches to blank UMSL's offense - giving up three hits and one walk alongside five strikeouts to earn the victory.
In the process, she became Truman's first 20-game winner in a single season since Loni Wedemeier recorded 21 victories in 2005.
Game 2 Recap - #4 Missouri-St. Louis 3, #22 Truman 0
UMSL used single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth to earn an afternoon split against the Bulldogs, who were limited to just three hits in the nightcap.
The Tritons scored on a wild pitch in the third, a solo home run in the fourth, and pushed across an unearned run in the fifth to pick up the victory
Meanwhile, only Bollman, McReynolds, and Cate Simon tallied base hits against UMSL starter Brittni Chapman.
Kelsea Dorsey went 6.1 innings and gave up two earned runs while striking out four.
Henze came in and induced a lineout double play in the top of the seventh in relief on her first pitch.
Courtesy Truman State University