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Baseball Earns Trip to College World Series

Sports-BaseballAfter shattering a school record in wins last season, the 2015 Truman baseball team raised the bar to new heights during the most historic season to date in program history.

Coach Dan Davis’ squad won nine more games than the year before (35), finished above .500 for the fourth time in program history and first time since 1982 (35-22), earned a spot in the 48-team NCAA Division II national tournament, and swept through the Midwest regional to earn a trip to Cary, N.C., and the Division II College World Series.

The Bulldogs raced out of the gate winning 11 of their first 13 games, including a four-game sweep over the defending national champion, the University of Southern Indiana. The two losses came against Division I opponent the University of Missouri and a one-run loss to the University of Illinois-Springfield.

The early season success coupled with a strong GLVC West division schedule earned the Bulldogs a spot in the NCAA Midwest regional tournament for another first in program history. Truman was the fourth seed in the tournament and was the only team to run the table and go undefeated, finishing off Ashland (Ohio) in the championship game 6-3 to earn the trip to the World Series.

In Cary, the team was treated to first-class facilities at the USA Baseball Training Complex. A high-profile banquet took place on the floor of the RBC Arena, the home of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League, and the team participated in a community engagement project with The Miracle League of the Triangle.

When games restarted, the Bulldogs lost 3-1 in an 11-inning dogfight to Mercyhurst (Pa.) in the opening game, then fell 13-2 to the No. 8 team in the nation, Cal Poly Pomona, in an elimination game.

Six Bulldogs earned All-GLVC honors with pitcher Kent Frantz earning GLVC Freshman of the Year accolades. He was joined on the first team by seniors Paul Trenhaile and Jarod Hahn, while seniors Zak Larkin and Cody Gardner, along with freshman Brendan Trimble, were named to the second team.

Frantz and Gardner led the team and broke the single-season pitching wins record with nine apiece. Trenhaile nabbed all-region honors and wrapped up his career as Truman’s leader in hits (235) and RBIs (129).

Meyer Inducted Into Wrestling Hall of Fame

Merrick Meyer

Merrick Meyer

One of the most decorated wrestlers in Truman history, Merrick Meyer, was enshrined into the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in March as part of the 53rd championships in St. Louis.

Meyer was the 141-pound national champion in 2004 joining only Curd Alexander (1968) as Truman wrestlers to win individual titles. Meyer was a two-time All-American (2003, 2004), a four-time national qualifier and owns the Bulldog all-time career wins record with 130. He averaged more than 32 wins a season with a high of 34 in 2005.

Prior to Truman, Meyer had an outstanding high school career in Missouri going 158-7 and was a four-time state medalist finishing fifth, third and second twice in Class 4 at Francis Howell North High School.

Merrick’s college career record was 130-26 with more than half his victories resulting in bonus match points. He never lost a home match in Pershing Arena in his entire career, and he placed in every college
tournament in which he wrestled.

After graduating, Meyer joined The Boeing Company where he works in the International Business Finance Office. He returns to Truman every year with members of the Boeing team to talk about his college experience and recruit college graduates. Meyer lives in Wentzville, Mo., with his family.

Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes

AthleteAwardsPresentationsApril2015-6Seniors Allie Brak (left), representing volleyball, and Paul Trenhaile (right), representing baseball, receive their 2014-15 Senior Outstanding Student-Athlete plaques from Jerry Wollmering, athletic director.


AthleteAwardsPresentationsApril2015-11Andrew Garrone (left), representing soccer, and Kimberly Birenbaum (right), representing tennis, receive their 2014-15 Dean of Students Scholar-Athlete plaques from
Michelle Horvath, director of the Office of Citizenship and
Community Standards.


Lex Van Nostrand

Lex Van Nostrand

The 2015 Bulldog softball team finished the season with its second straight NCAA Division II tournament appearance, capping the year with a 33-16 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Truman battled weather throughout the first month of the season, as the Bulldogs opened with a 1-3 record at the Arkansas-Monticello Classic in mid-February, but was unable to take the field again until March 6, when the team kicked off play at the National Training Center Spring Games in Clermont, Fla. From there, the Bulldogs used a 7-1 trip to the Sunshine State to put the season in full motion, starting GLVC play upon its return with 15 wins in its first 16 league games en route to a 21-7 regular season conference mark.

After a 1-2 record at the GLVC tournament, Truman earned the No. 6 seed in the Midwest regional, earning a trip to Indianapolis for opening round action in the NCAA Division II tournament. However, the ’Dogs lost a pair of nail-biters, falling 5-4 to Ashland (Ohio) and 3-1 to Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) to close the 2015 campaign.

The Bulldogs put five players onto the All-GLVC teams, including first-team honoree, sophomore catcher Lex Van Nostrand. Senior infielders Andrea Klipsch and Liz Leath, along with junior pitcher Kelsea Dorsey, picked up second-team accolades, while junior pitcher Kindra Henze logged third-team honors. Van Nostrand eventually added first-team all-region honors from the NFCA, while Klipsch became a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Head coach Erin Brown’s squad graduates four seniors, but will return six position starters and both regular starting pitchers for the 2016 season, which will begin next February.


SwimmingVSsluJan2015-291Three individual selections for the 2015 NCAA Division II swimming and diving championships highlighted head coach Ed Pretre’s 2014-15 team season, as the Bulldogs posted fast times in the Pershing Natatorium this winter.

Senior Abby Hempen capped her career with her second championships appearance, while sophomore Evyn Spencer and freshman Will Shanel each picked up All-American honors this year at the championships event in Indianapolis. Shanel finished fifth in the nation in the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:51.16, while Spencer picked up a 12th-place finish in the women’s 100 butterfly with a mark of 55.85 seconds.

The regular season saw the programs compete well at the GLVC championships, where the Truman women took second place, while the Bulldog men garnered sixth place overall. The women’s team also toppled a pair of Division I programs in Pershing, including St. Louis University by a 156-106 score on Senior Day.

Pretre’s squad returns to the water with the annual Purple/White Intrasquad and Alumni meets in the middle of September 2016.

Track and Field

Dominic Kacich

Dominic Kacich

Dominic Kacich qualified for the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships in the 400-meter dash. Kacich finished in 17th in his first NCAA meet.

The Bulldogs had two individual Great Lakes Valley Conference champions crowed. Sydney Cornett repeated as champion in the indoor high jump. The sophomore won after clearing 5-04.25 at the meet in Indianapolis in February.

At the indoor meet, Taylor Dinyer, Kacich and Nick Anderson each earned all-conference honors while the women placed fifth and the men were seventh.

Anderson earned the title of “GLVC’s Fastest Man” by winning the 100-meter dash at the outdoor championships in Liberty, Mo., in May. Anderson was just the fourth Bulldog to win a conference championship in the 100 and first since 2002. He joins Brian Dzingai (2001, 2002) Trent Cuthbert (1984) and Sterling Bridges (1980, 1979) as race winners.

Kacich earned all-conference honors and set a new personal best by placing second in the 400, and the men’s 4×100 relay team of Trevor Gonzales, Jared Boyd, Zachary Thomas and B.J. Smith took second to also earn all-league accolades.

Dinyer was the bronze medalist in the 100-meter hurdles and Laura Tarantino was third in the 10,000-meter run.

The Bulldog track and field teams were coached by Tim Schwegler and Leslie Hardesty.


Jake Ohlhausen

Jake Ohlhausen

Senior Jake Ohlhausen’s second-straight year as an all-conference honoree highlighted the tennis programs this past year. Ohlhausen was one of 16 players to garner All-GLVC accolades as he played in Truman’s No. 1 singles spot the past three years. He accumulated a record of 33-50 and was 8-9 this past season.

Along with doubles partner Griffin Smith, the duo went 8-6 this year in the No. 1 doubles spot and 3-2 in conference doubles matches. Ohlhausen and Smith played as Truman’s No. 1 tandem for the past three years.

Marisa Thome led the women with nine singles wins during the season and Holly Cantalupo and Lindsey Schlichting were on top in women’s doubles with four match wins.

Danny Bloggett completed his third season as head coach of the Bulldogs.


Kim Barmettler

Kim Barmettler

The Bulldog women’s golf team made a statement in the 2014-15 season, rebounding from a sub-par 2013-14 campaign with five top-three finishes during the split season campaign.

The Bulldogs earned two second-place and one third-place finish in the fall portion of the schedule, before adding two more second-place and another third-place finish in the spring season. Included in that was the Sam Lesseig Bulldog Classic, held in honor of the legendary longtime coach who passed away in 2013.

Truman was led by the Barmettler sisters this year, as freshman Nicolle (80.9 average) and junior Kim (85.4) paced the Bulldogs in 18 total rounds. Seniors Courtney Cisler and Riley Keltner also competed in all 18 rounds.

Under the direction of head coach Clint Fitzpatrick, the Bulldogs will return to the course in September 2015.


Devon Fenstermaker

Devon Fenstermaker

Senior Devon Fenstermaker was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler for Truman wrestling following the 2014-15 season. He led the Bulldogs with a 24-12 overall record while wrestling at 165 pounds. He placed in four tournaments and was second at the Knox College Open and third in the Jim May Open. Fenstermaker finished his career with 84 victories and placed in 10 total tournaments.

Helmut Rentschler was one of seven members of the squad that earned NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic honors. Rentschler was honored as a four-time recipient of the award and joined on the list by three-time honoree Will Evans. Sophomore Rafael Lopez was a second-team selection while J.J. Dorrell, Luke Knoche, Roark Whittington and Chase Wrisinger were honorable mention selections.

Lopez advanced to day two of the NCAA regional in Mankato, Minn., in February. As a team, Truman finished 5-5 in dual matches this season.

Head coach David Schutter completed his 25th season at the helm of the program.

Men’s Basketball

Seth Jackson

Seth Jackson

A second trip to the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament in as many  seasons, and another 20-win season, highlighted the Truman men’s basketball year, as the Bulldogs posted 11 conference victories under the direction of first-year head coach Chris Foster.

Truman, coming off a 20-7 season a year ago, went 20-10 in the 2014-15 campaign, which included a first-round GLVC tournament win and a trip to the conference quarterfinals. The Bulldogs opened the year with a grueling travel slate, building a 3-2 record against regional opponents and capturing the Kentucky Wesleyan Thanksgiving Classic before sweeping the month of December with six victories.

After a brief stumble at home to start the 2015 calendar year, the Bulldogs rattled off seven wins in the next eight games before posting an 11-7 conference mark and a second-place mark in the GLVC West division. Truman handed longtime rival Quincy a third loss on the year in the GLVC tournament opener, but fell to nationally ranked UW-Parkside in the conference quarterfinals at Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.

Senior guard Seth Jackson was named first-team All-GLVC and second-team all-region by the NABC, while fellow senior backcourt mate Reed Mells earned first-team all-conference honors as well. Sophomore Cory Myers was an all-conference defensive team award winner.

Foster’s second season as the program’s head coach will begin in November 2015.