Central Missouri softball split a pair of in-region matchups against Truman State during their home opener Monday in Warrensburg. The Jennies (11-10, 3-1 MIAA) opened their season more than a month ago, and began conference play last Friday on the road against Fort Hays and Nebraska-Kearney. The Jens finished 3-1 on the road trip, losing to Fort Hays in extra innings. Their double-header against Truman State was their sixth and seventh games in four days.
Central Missouri 5, Truman State 1
Emily Robinson pitched a 2-hit shutout with five strikeouts to seal game one for the Jennies 5-1 over Truman in their home opener Monday in Warrensburg.
Robinson (6-3) also had an RBI single in the third. Her pitching performance, however, stands out considering the Jennies scored four runs on four wind-carried solo shots. Gusts reached up to 25 mph out of Jennies Field on Monday.
“Emily Robinson pitched really well for us,” UCM head coach Susan Anderson said. “That’s honestly one of her best outings because her pitch count was down. Since we’ve been on the road so much, she’s had a lot of deep counts. She really kept her pitch count down, and only gave up two hits to a really good hitting Truman team.”
Lauren Mabe, Katie Giacone and Allie Dishinger combined for four home runs off Truman Starter Kelsea Dorsey (5-2).
Dishinger homered in the fourth and sixth innings.
Truman’s lone run was unearned. Christa Reisinger stole third and scored on a throwing error in the fifth inning. The Jennies committed five errors in the game.
Truman State 5, Central Missouri 1
The Bulldogs plated four runs in the first three innings and the Jennies offense died with the sunset in a 5-1 loss in game two of a home-opening double-header.
Jordan Johnson (4-2) took the loss for UCM after enduring five runs – two earned – in six innings. She faced two batters in the seventh before Robinson relieved her in the circle.
Robinson escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh. Lauren Mabe dropped the throw from home on a Lex Van Nostrand bunt that died on the chalk to load the bases. Ali Jo Rogers corralled a Cate Simon line-drive for the first out, and Robinson struck out the next two.
Jennies second baseman Alexis Koop mishandled a Riley Cook grounder in the first inning. Van Nostrand sent a 2-2 Johnson offering over the fence in the next at-bat to give Truman State a 2-0 lead.
Brooke VunCannon drove in Michaela Mooney, who reached on a walk, with two outs after a routine pop fly escaped the glove of Jennies centerfielder Makayla Schoonover.
Central Missouri committed nine errors in Monday’s doubleheader. Anderson said the Jens have yet to prove themselves defensively.
“We haven’t played that solid defensively,” Anderson said. “Once we kind of turn that corner defensively and we quit booting the ball around … I really feel we can start climbing the ladder as a group.”
In the fourth inning, Emily King homered on a line drive just over the center field wall for the Jennies’ only run.
The Jennies host Missouri Western at 3 and 5 p.m. Friday and Northwest Missouri at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday.
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