The Truman and Bellarmine softball teams played to a split in a pair of one-run games on Saturday afternoon at the Truman Softball Park, with the No. 21 Bulldogs capturing game one, 3-2, before the Knights recovered for a 2-1 win in game two.
The Bulldogs (32-7, 22-4 GLVC) and Knights (30-10, 23-5 GLVC) put a tournament feel into Saturday's games, as two of the league's top pitching units lived up to the billing by allowing just eight combined runs and 19 combined hits in 14 innings of work.
Truman returns to action next Friday and Saturday, traveling east to the Hoosier State for games at GLVC-East leader Indianapolis (Fri; 11am/1pm CT) and Saint Joseph's (Sat; 12pm/2pm).
Game 1 Recap - #21 Truman 3, Bellarmine 2
An early three-run blast by Jessica VanNostrand was the difference, while Kelsea Dorsey and Kindra Henze preserved the early cushion en route to a 3-2 victory in game one.
After the Bulldogs put two on via a walk and a hit by pitch, VanNostrand launched her fourth home run of the season over the left field fence for an early 3-0 Truman lead.
Dorsey, meanwhile, kept the Knights off the board until the sixth, when BU cleanup hitter Scarlett Powers singled home two on a ball to right-center.
The Knights got a one-out single in the seventh, prompting head coach Erin Brown to turn to Henze to get the final two outs. The sophomore needed only one batter to record the twin killing, as a lineout led to the BU baserunner getting doubled off to end the game.
Alexis VanNostrand posted two of Truman's four hits in the game, while Dorsey threw 103 pitches in 6.1 innings of five-hit, one-strikeout work. Henze logged her first collegiate save, while Dorsey improved to 15-4 on the year.
Game 2 Recap â?? Bellarmine 2, #21 Truman 1
A pair of Bulldog miscues helped visiting Bellarmine escape with a split, as the Knights capitalized in the seventh to earn the 2-1 victory.
Neither team scored until the sixth, when the Knights jumped on board first with an RBI single by Hannah Daunhauer brought home Erin Sireno. However, the Bulldogs retaliated in their half of the inning when Jessica VanNostrand singled home Danielle Lewellen, after the Bulldog leadoff hitter reached base via error to start the inning.
Then, in the seventh, a communication error allowed the BU leadoff hitter to reach. After a strikeout, BU leadoff hitter Ally Foster knocked a single to right that got past Truman's Kelsey Bollman and allowed the runner to come all the way around to score. Truman would limit the damage with just the one run; however, the 'Dogs could not do anything with a one out single in the home half of the seventh to fall 2-1.
Four Bulldogs tallied hits in the nightcap, including J. VanNostrand, who was responsible for all four Truman RBI on the day. Kindra Henze took only her third loss this season, giving up one earned run in a complete game effort that saw her strike out a season-high 12.
Courtesy Truman State University