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      Truman State softball splits with UMSL

      Hannah Washburn pitched a gem in the opener and got five runs of support as the Truman softball team logged a split in non-conference action at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Tuesday afternoon.

      Washburn and reigning GLVC Pitcher of the Week Hannah Perryman were locked in a pitcherâ??s duel in the opener, as neither team mustered any type of offense throughout the first four innings.

      However, in the fifth, Meredith Kusky (Ballwin, Mo., Nerinx Hall) led off the inning with a double and was lifted for Nikki Moss (Kansas City, Mo., Park Hill) as a pinch-runner.

      After a Danielle Lewellen (Kirksville, Mo., Kirksville) sacrifice moved Moss to third, the freshman scampered home on a wild pitch to put the â??Dogs on top, 1-0.

      The Tritons then gifted the Bulldogs two runs in the sixth, as, after Laura Miller (Columbia, Mo., Hickman) reached first with two out, UMSL misplayed a fly ball to left that allowed Miller to come all the way around to score and put Cate Simon (O'Fallon, Mo., Fort Zumwalt South) on first.

      After Ally McReynolds (Wildwood, Mo., Eureka) pinch-ran for Simon, Kusky again doubled to the right-center field gap, plating McReynolds for a 3-0 margin.

      Then, in the seventh, Liz Leath (St. Charles, Mo., Francis Howell Central) added extra insurance with a two-run bomb to center, pushing the score to the final 5-0 mark.

      Washburn, meanwhile, continued her end of the pitching performace in the circle, tossing a complete game shutout, adding nine strikeouts and surrendering just five hits.

      She allowed just one extra-base hit in earning her eighth win of the year.

      UMSL (12-8) meanwhile jumped on the Bulldogs in game two, building a 3-0 lead through two innings off starter Kirsten Krause (St. Louis, Mo., Parkway North)

      Truman would get to within 3-1 and 4-2 before UMSL provided the final bit of separation with a three-run homerun in the fifth, pushing the lead to 7-2.

      The Bulldogs would get two unearned runs in the seventh but came up short, 7-4.

      The Bulldogs (13-5) return to Kirksville for a pair of weekend MIAA doubleheaders, beginning on Friday afternoon at 1:00 pm against Missouri Southern.

      Courtesy Truman State University