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      Truman State softball starts its season Friday

      The 41st season of Truman softball gets underway this Friday through Sunday, as the Bulldogs travel to Decatur, Ala., for the annual UAH Charger Chillout.

      The Bulldogs will play six games in three days, starting on Friday (Feb. 15) morning at 11:00 am against Wayne (Mich.) State. Coaching Staff:Head Coach: Erin BrownDivision II Career Record: 115-173 || .399 || 7th seasonAt Truman: SameAssistant Coach: Cathy Monroe (7th season) Returning Position Players (2012 stats):#2 ?? SS ?? Corey Niblett ?? 5??1?? ?? JR ?? 51 GP, .292 AVG, 10 RBI, 11 SB#3 ?? IF ?? Andrea Klipsch ?? 5??6?? ?? SO ?? 40 GP, .250 AVG, 2 HR, 2 2B#4 ?? OF ?? Danielle Lewellen ?? 5??7?? ?? JR ?? 31 GP, 12 runs, 6 SB#5 ?? OF ?? Laura Miller ?? 5??8?? ?? SR ?? HM All-MIAA, 49 GP, .305 AVG, 10 2B, 10 SB#8 ?? 1B/C ?? Liz Leath ?? 5??8?? ?? SO ?? HM All-MIAA, 49 GP, .350 AVG, 1.010 OPS, 7 HR#12 ?? OF ?? Kelsey Bollman ?? 5??8?? ?? JR ?? HM All-MIAA, 51 GP, .323 AVG, 20 2B, 27 RBI#13 ?? UT ?? Ally McReynolds ?? 5??9?? ?? SO ?? 37 GP, .250 AVG, .394 OBP, 2 HR#15 ?? 3B/C ?? Cate Simon ?? 5??9?? ?? SO ?? 22 GP, .400 AVG, 5 HR, 1.180 OPS#16 ?? 1B ?? Kristin Grossman ?? 5??9?? ?? SR ?? 27 GP, .254 AVG, 2 HR#20 ?? C ?? Meredith Kusky ?? 5??8?? ?? SR ?? 32 GP, .253 AVG, 7 RBI, 1.000 FLD% Returning Pitchers (2012 stats):#10 ?? RHP ?? Kirsten Krause ?? 5??5?? ?? SR ?? 21 APP, 4-8 record, 4.06 ERA#11 ?? RHP ?? Kelsea Dorsey ?? 5??4?? ?? SO ?? 35 APP, 16-9 record, 2.72 ERA, 133 K??s New Players:#1 ?? OF ?? Nikki Moss ?? 5??1?? ?? FR#7 ?? RHP ?? Hannah Washburn ?? 5??6?? ?? JR#19 ?? RHP ?? Kindra Henze ?? 6??1?? ?? FR#21 ?? IF ?? Whitney Richardson ?? 5??6?? ?? FR 2013 MIAA Outlook:The MIAA expanded from 11 to 15 teams last summer, adding in-state rival Lindenwood (Mo.), as well as Nebraska-Kearney, Central Oklahoma and Northeastern (Okla.) State.

      Truman will play each of the other 14 MIAA teams in one doubleheader, comprising a 28-game conference slate. Following the regular season schedule, the top eight teams in the MIAA standings will qualify for the MIAA tournament, held in Overland Park, Kansas from May 2-5. The Bulldogs were picked 12th in the preseason coaches?? poll. This is the final season of MIAA play for the Bulldog softball team, as the Truman Athletic Department will be shifting to the Great Lakes Valley Conference, effective July 1, 2013. Courtesy Truman State University