A change of venue proved to be no trouble for the Truman softball team in its Great Lakes Valley Conference opener, as the Bulldogs needed less than three hours to dispatch McKendree (Ill.) 8-0 and 4-1 on Sunday afternoon.
The doubleheader â?? originally scheduled to be played at the Truman Softball Park â?? had to be moved to Columbia's Battle High School due to unplayable field conditions in Kirksville. With the wins, the Bulldogs moved to 8-3 overall (2-0 GLVC), while McKendree fell to 0-7 (0-2 GLVC).
Truman will return to Battle HS on Monday for a second day of GLVC play, hosting Illinois Springfield (7-5, 1-1 GLVC) at 1 p.m and 3 p.m. in doubleheader action.
Game 1 Recap â?? Truman 8, McKendree 0 (5 innings)
Kindra Henze carried a perfect game into the fifth inning, and the Bulldogs pounded out 12 hits en route to an 8-0 run-rule victory in game one against the Bearcats.
After both teams went scoreless in the first, Jessica VanNostrand drove home Liz Leath in the bottom of the second to stake the 'Dogs to a 1-0 lead. Then, as part of a four-run Bulldog third, Leath, Whitney Richardson, and Andrea Klipsch each recorded RBI singles to push Truman's edge to 5-0. Cate Simon blasted a solo shot to right-center in the bottom of the fourth, before Klipsch drove home two more with an RBI double to give Truman an 8-0 lead.
VanNostrand finished with three hits in the game, while Simon, Richardson, Klipsch, and Kelsey Bollman each recorded two hits each.
That would be well more than Henze needed on the afternoon, facing just one batter over the minimum while striking out seven. She improved to 4-1 on the year and lowered her ERA to 0.74.
Game 2 Recap â?? Truman 4, McKendree 1
The top three of the Bulldog batting order accounted for all five hits, and Kelsea Dorsey tossed a complete game three-hitter, as Truman capped its afternoon with a 4-1 victory against McKendree.
After Danielle Lewellen took a hit-by-pitch and stole second to lead off the home half of the first, Klipsch came through with an RBI single to spot Truman a fast 1-0 lead. Following a Bollman RBI groundout in the third, McKendree struck in the fifth with its first run of the day. However, the Bearcats ran themselves out of the inning, as a strikeout/throwout combo helped Truman escape with limited damage. In the bottom of the fifth, back-to-back two out triples by Klipsch and Bollman added two more runs to the Bulldog tally, resulting in the 4-1 final.
Dorsey improved to 4-2 overall on the season by striking out four and not allowing an earned run in the game. Truman stole four bases in the game, running its season total to a perfect 24-for-24 through 11 games.
Courtesy Truman State University