Big offensive day for Truman baseball


NASHVILLE – The first five hitters in the Truman Baseball lineup had three hits apiece in a 17-7 victory in game one over Trevecca Nazarene but the Trojans were able to hold on for a 9-8 win in the finale to split the doubleheader and the four-game weekend series.

The first game started with a bang as Truman put a 5-spot on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning. The Bulldogs sent 10 batters to the plate and scored the five runs on only two hits.

The Trojans got a run back in the bottom of the first but Truman up four up in the fourth, two in the fifth and a single run in the sixth to lead 12-1.

Starter Blake Bagenstos was cruising along with two hits through five innings and got the first out in the sixth before things went south. Bagenstos walked the next hitter and gave up an infield single and was lifted for Ben Fugitt. The reliever struggled out of the gate and didn't record an out before Trevecca scored six times to close the gap to 12-7.

Matt Tometz was able to put the fire out and Truman answered back with three runs in their half of the seventh. The Bulldogs got scoreless innings from Tometz, Christian Watson and Tanner Forck.

On the offensive side, Noah Schrader, Mason King, Josh Abegg, Charlie Kreh and Brendan Trimble had three hits apiece and the 20 total hits was the second time in two seasons that Truman had a 20-hit game. They had 20 last year against Lewis. In addition, of the 20 hits, 18 were singles and the Bulldogs still left 14 runners on base.

It was Bagenstos' first collegiate pitching win.

Game two saw Trevecca score eight runs; seven unearned in the first two innings and hold on for a 9-8 win to even the series.

The Bulldogs chipped away at the lead with runs in four consecutive innings to pull to within two at 8-6.

The Trojans pushed across a big insurance run in their half of the fifth with an RBI single by Ethan Hurt.

Truman loaded the bases in the sixth but came up empty and put the first two on via walks in their last at bat in the seventh.

Trimble brought in Schrader on a sac fly and Abegg scored on a wild pitch to bring Truman to within one. However with the tying run at third Evan Kayser and Ethan Kleinheider both went down swinging to end the game.

Rian Markes was the victim of the seven unearned runs out of eight allowed and took the loss.

For the series, Noah Schrader hit .438 with seven hits out of 16 at bats and added four walks.

The Bulldogs will play at home next weekend against the University of Indianapolis. The four-game series will start on Friday with a single game at 2 p.m.

Courtesy of Truman State Athletics

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