Truman State softball drops two to Indianapolis
The Truman State University softball team faced a ranked opponent for the third time this season on Friday afternoon, this time it was No. 15 Indianapolis.
The Bulldogs gave away one-run leads in both games as the Greyhounds swept with scores of 8-4 and 4-1.
Truman (20-14, 9-9 GLVC) has now suffered three doubleheader sweeps this season, all of which have come on the road against GLVC opponents.
On the other side, Indianapolis (30-10, 12-4 GLVC) has only played six home games, but has been on the winning end in all of them.
Friday, Riley Cook (pictured) led the Bulldogs' offense with four hits in her six at-bats to go with a run scored, two doubles and six total bases.
Next up, Christa Reisinger registered three hits (3-for-6), including a solo home run in each game, and Alyssa Rivera also notched three base knocks (3-for-7).
For Reisinger, those two bombs give her 22 for her career and that number is tied with Kelsey Bollman for eighth in program history.
In fact, Friday marked the first time in her career that Reisinger has homered in both games of a doubleheader against the same opponent. Last season, she hit a home run vs. both Sioux Falls and Ohio Dominican on March 14.
In game one, after Indianapolis scored a run in the first inning, Truman answered with a two spot in the top of the second.
In that half of the frame, Mackayla Gordon singled in Morgan McMahan and Michaela Mooney singled in Gordon two batters later.
However, the Greyhounds sent across five runs in the bottom of the third to go up by four, 6-2, and the Bulldogs never quite rebounded from that.
After Resinger's solo shot in the fifth that cut the deficit to three, the home team tacked on two more runs in the sixth to make it 8-3.
In the top of the seventh with two outs, Sydney Scherzinger had already brought in Cook with a single to right, but Jamie Fowle and Ashley Murphy both struck out with the bases loaded to end it.
Lauren Dale (8-8) allowed more than three earned runs in a game for just the fifth time this season, but this effort marked the first time it has happened in back-to-back outings.
Dale gave up six runs, five earned, on six hits with two walks and a strikeout. In relief, Nicolette Simpson allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits in three innings.
In game two, Truman led 1-0 thanks to another Reisinger solo home run and Alyssa Hajduk had a no-hitter heading into the bottom of the sixth.
However, the left-hander walked the first two batters she faced and they moved up to second and third on a sacrifice bunt. After a hit-by-pitch to load up the bases, Indianapolis' Danielson hit a one-hopper to Reisinger in center, but she misplayed it and the ball rolled all the way to the fence. Three runs scored and a fourth came in during the next at-bat after a wild pitch. The Greyhounds carried that 4-1 advantage into the top of the seventh where the Bulldogs couldn't get anything going.
Hajduk (10-4) gave up four runs, two earned, on just that one hit with six free passes and four punchouts.
That marked the fifth time this spring that Hajduk has walked more batters than she struck out. In relief, Simpson pitched a spotless two-thirds of an inning.
Next up, Truman is at Bellarmine on Saturday with first pitch in game one set for 12 p.m. central time.
Courtesy Truman State University