On the heels of the program's best start in six years, the Truman State University softball team received both GLVC Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, as announced by the league office on Monday. Senior center fielder, Christa Reisinger, was named GLVC Player of the Week for the fifth time in her career and senior pitcher, Lauren Dale, took home the hardware for the third time.
Since joining the conference prior to the 2014 season, the Bulldogs have now been accredited with Player of the Week nine times (Reisinger - 5, Lex Van Nostrand - 2 and Andrea Klipsch - 2) and Pitcher of the Week eight times (Kindra Henze - 4, Lauren Dale - 3 and Alyssa Hajduk - 1). Truman's first of three sweeps on March 18, 2014 was because of Klipsch and Henze before Van Nostrand and Dale earned the second on March 6, 2017.
Starting with Reisinger, the lefty was nearly untouchable in Truman's three games as she was retired just twice in 12 plate appearances with eight hits in her 10 at-bats. The Winfield, Mo. native registered six runs scored, three doubles, her 26th career home run, four RBI, 14 total bases, six stolen bases in six attempts, one walk, only one strikeout, a 1.400 slugging percentage, and an .818 on-base percentage.
Switching over to Dale, the staff ace third year running appeared in all three of Truman's wins, twice as a starter and the other as the closer. The right-handed hurler gave up just one earned run in 15 innings pitched (0.47 ERA) while going 2-0 with two complete games, a shutout in the season opener, just three walks, 11 strikeouts, and an opponent's batting average of only .137. Dale faced 57 batters, only seven of which recorded a hit.
The Bulldogs will look to build on their momentum this week when they travel to Southern Indiana's Midwest Region Crossover in Evansville, Ind. Truman will play six games in three days from Feb. 22-24, all of which will be against teams that are in the Midwest Region.
Courtesy Truman State University