Truman State softball gets a split


The Truman State University softball team came back from a 3-1 deficit in the 2018 season opener to defeat Ohio Dominican, 4-3, but didn't have the same fate in the nightcap.

Truman was ahead of Trevecca Nazarene 3-0 entering the top of the sixth inning before the Trojans scored eight unanswered runs en route to an 8-4 decision over the Bulldogs.

Truman won its first game of the season for the first time since 2015 while Ohio Dominican sits at 1-1 after day one and Trevecca Nazarene is 2-0.

Individually, Christa Reisinger picked up right where she left off from her All-American sophomore campaign with four hits in six at-bats and four runs scored while Brooke VunCannon, Ashley Murphy and Alyssa Rivera each registered two hits apiece.

In game one, Truman struck first in the the top of the third thanks to Morgan McMahan's single through the right side that brought in Reisinger.

After Ohio Dominican notched two in the fifth and another in the sixth, the Bulldogs had the answer in their half of the seventh. VunCannon doubled in pinch-runner, Michaela Mooney, before Murphy singled in Reisinger and VunCannon.

Staff ace, Lauren Dale, received the no decision after lasting four innings with two runs surrendered, one earned, four hits, and a walk. Alyssa Hajduk (1-0) relieved Dale with a runner at second in the bottom of the fifth and went to work. Hajduk walked the first batter she saw and both runners moved up on a wild pitch before the sophomore hurler induced a lineout double play and struck out a batter for the third out of the frame.

All in all, Hajduk gave up just one earned run on one hit in three innings of work with three free passes and three punchouts.

As for game two, Truman's first three runs came with one in the fourth and a pair in the fifth.

In the fourth, Kadie Orenstein reached on a throwing error by the shortstop and Jamie Fowle came around to score. The very next inning, Rivera tripled in Reisinger and Murphy reached on dropped fly ball to left field that pushed Rivera across.

Then came Trevecca Nazarene's eight runs in a row to give it an 8-3 advantage.

The Bulldogs fourth and final score came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and Rivera scored Reisinger with a rocket to left field.

Hajduk got the start and gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits in five innings. In relief, Nicolette Simpson (0-1) allowed five runs, just one earned, on six hits in a pair of frames.

Next up, Truman will finish up play in the Charger Chillout 2.0 with Christian Brothers (2 p.m.) and No. 11 Lee (4 p.m.) on Friday.

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