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Baseball

Corban Williams

Corban Williams

The Truman baseball team returned to postseason action for the first time since 1999 while winning a school-record 26 games in their inaugural season in the GLVC. The Bulldogs garnered one of two wildcard spots into the GLVC championship tournament and as the No. 7 seed, eliminated sixth-seed Lewis (Ill.) and third-seed Indianapolis before being knocked out by eventual champion Drury (Mo.) in the semifinals.

Truman set team season records in runs scored (292), hits (482), RBIs (248), stolen bases (118), hit-by-pitches (76) and fielding percentage (.961) in addition to the wins record. The team posted the fifth-highest batting average for a season at .289.

Individually, Paul Trenhaile rewrote the Bulldog record book for hits in a season (71), most chances (516) and putouts (477). The junior was third in single-season RBIs with 39 and second behind Jarod Hahn in hit-by-pitches with 14. Hahn set a new record with 16 this season.

Corban Williams and Zak Larkin also had big years. Williams set a new club record in steals with 35 and was successful all but two attempts this season. He tied for third in runs scored (42) and finished tied for ninth in hits at 56. Larkin had the most at bats by a Bulldog in a season with 196. In fact, four players this season (Larkin, Trenhaile, Williams and Blake Deaton) finished in the top 10 in at bats. Larkin tied Kenny Swanson’s 2011 record for most walks with 31 and finished right behind Williams in steals with 31.

Mark Roberts threw the fifth most innings in a single-season by a Bulldog hurler with 78. The staff as a whole had the second-fewest walks issued per nine innings at 3.27 this season. The bullpen tied a school record with nine saves and Truman played in 19 one-run games going 10-9.

Head coach Dan Davis became just the second Bulldog manager to eclipse 100 career wins at the school. Davis earned victory 100 against Maryville (Mo.) and has 111 during his Bulldog tenure.

Williams was a first-team All-GLVC selection while Trenhaile, Hahn and Will Nader were named to the second-team.

Softball

Kelsey Bollman

Kelsey Bollman

One of the most decorated seasons in program history culminated with the Truman softball team reaching the Midwest regional finals as part of a 43-win campaign in 2014.

The Bulldogs tied for the third-most wins in program history and set new single-season program records in runs, hits, doubles, runs batted in and total bases. Truman qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament after finishing the regular season with a 41-11 record, including 30 wins in the team’s first season of GLVC play. The ’Dogs then went 2-2 at the Midwest regional, hosted by the University of Missouri-St. Louis, falling just short in the regional title game to the host Tritons.

Eight Bulldogs were named All-GLVC, headlined by sophomore co-Pitcher of the Year Kindra Henze. Senior Kelsey Bollman also became a four-time all-conference award winner after landing on the first-team for the second straight season. Both were also joined by junior Andrea Klipsch on the Daktronics all-region first-team.

Head coach Erin Brown’s squad will begin the 2015 season in February.

 

Swimming

Casey Jepsen

Casey Jepsen

Truman women’s swimming returned to the NCAA Division II championships after a one-year hiatus, and both squads performed well at the first Great Lakes Valley Conference postseason event to highlight the 2013-14 season in the pool.

After competing from early October through January in duals as well as the Northwestern TYR Cup, Bulldog swimming headed to Crawfordsville, Ind., for the first GLVC championship event. Highlighted by freshman Evyn Spencer’s 100 fly finish on night three, the Bulldog women took home second place in the seven-team event, while the Bulldog men earned sixth. Freshman Neil Girmus set a new school record in the 200 breast, shattering the old program record by .50 seconds.

Four women were selected to compete at the 2014 NCAA Division II swimming and diving championships, hosted in Geneva, Ohio, from March 12-15. Senior Casey Jepsen added three All-America honors to close her career with nine total, while Spencer, Kristi Van Oost and Brynn Guardado also picked up All-America accolades as part of the 800 free relay and 100 fly (Spencer).

Head coach Ed Pretre’s squad will begin the 2014-15 season in October.

Track and Field

Rebecca Nelson

Rebecca Nelson

Senior Rebecca Nelson was Truman track and field’s national qualifier as she competed and finished 12th in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championship in Allendale, Mich. Nelson previously broke the school record in the heptathlon by scoring 4,982 and winning the combine events at the Kansas Relays in April. The previous record was set by Myrna (Moore) Meinke in 1984.

Freshman Sydney Cornett captured the first GLVC individual title for the Bulldogs by winning the high jump at the league’s indoor championship in Indianapolis. Cornett was joined by 13 others to score as the women finished third as a team. In the outdoor meet, Nelson won the javelin as the women again placed third in the team standings.

Senior Matthew Schaefer was an all-conference performer for the men with a runner-up finish in the 800 meter run at the outdoor championships. Schaefer, Nick Anderson, Dominic Kacich, Zach Thomas, Matthew Smith and a host of others led the men’s program to a fifth place finish, their best team effort in more than a decade.

Both men’s and women’s programs has successful seasons. The women won four combine indoor and outdoor meets that were scored, while the men won a pair of team titles this season.

Tennis

Kirk Schlueter

Kirk Schlueter

Junior Jake Ohlhausen earned All-GLVC honors for the Bulldog men’s tennis team this spring. Ohlhausen had an 11-11 overall record while playing at the top spot in the Truman lineup. He was 11-10 with doubles partner Griffin Smith, also playing in the No. 1 spot.

As a team, the Truman men finished 4-12 this season and 2-3 in the GLVC, earning a berth into the league’s postseason tournament. Adam King led the team in singles wins with 14, playing mostly at No. 4 singles, and Kirk Schlueter went 13-11 playing at No. 5.

The Truman women finished 3-11 in their first season playing in the GLVC. Jessica Gennuso was the team’s lone senior and won 22 matches during her career. Marisa Thome and Hannah Runez led the team in singles wins with 14 and 11 respectively.

Men’s Basketball

Mike Carlson

Mike Carlson

The Truman men’s basketball team became just the sixth team in program history to reach the 20-win mark and the first since the 2005-06 season. The Bulldogs finished with an overall record of 20-7 and reached the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament as the No. 5 overall seed.

Truman got off to a fast 7-0 start, scoring wins against longtime MIAA rival Northwest Missouri and its GLVC-opener against Quincy. After a brief hiccup at the start of the 2014 calendar, the Bulldogs rattled off seven straight GLVC wins—including a heart-stopping 109-105 overtime home win against Missouri S&T—before going 2-1 against a daunting three-game slate of top-25 squads Drury, Southern Indiana and Bellarmine. The ’Dogs then won three of five to close the regular season before getting upset in the GLVC first round by Illinois Springfield.

The squad earned high praise on an individual level, as senior Mike Carlson was named the GLVC’s co-Player of the Year, while juniors Seth Jackson and Reed Mells each earned second-team All-GLVC nods. Carlson eventually picked up first-team all-region honors by both Daktronics and the NABC before becoming only the sixth All-American in program history.

Head coach Matt Woodley’s squad loses just two seniors (Carlson and Marek Bush) and will return 14 squad members for the 2014-15 season.

Women’s Basketball

Amy Briggs

Amy Briggs

The 2013-14 Truman women’s basketball team captured the first GLVC team title for the University when they won the league’s postseason basketball tournament in Evansville, Ind., and returned to the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time since 1999.

The team tied the school record for wins in a season, posting a 22-9 overall record while going 12-6 during the GLVC regular season. Entering the tournament as the No. 7 seed, the Bulldogs dispatched William Jewell in a first-round home game to advance to the tournament site in Evansville.

Once in the Ford Center, the Bulldogs reeled off three double-digit wins in four days to win the title. Senior Bianca Szafarowicz was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by fellow seniors Amy Briggs and Nicole Gloor.

The Bulldogs returned to the NCAA tournament as the No. 8 seed and had the tall task of facing top-seeded Drury on their home court in the regional tournament. Truman gave the Lady Panthers all they had, pushing the nationally-ranked team to overtime before falling 74-68.

Five players averaged in double-figure scoring this season, the first time it has happened in school history, and it was the second-straight 20-win season by the program. Junior Allie Norton joined Briggs on the All-GLVC team as the two guards were among the nation’s best in three-point shooting.

Golf

The Truman golf team finished 14th in its first season of Great Lakes Valley Conference action and will return its entire squad for 2014-15, beginning this fall.

The entire Truman family experienced tragic loss at the outset of its fall 2014 season, as longtime head coach and faculty member Sam Lesseig suddenly passed away. Lesseig served as the only head coach in the 28-year history of the Truman women’s golf team and was also the department’s interim athletics director during the 1988-89 school year.

On the links, the Truman women were led by junior Courtney Cisler, who was the top Bulldog finisher in eight of the team’s 10 events this season.

Clint Fitzpatrick took over coaching duties in January 2014 and will return this fall with competition beginning in September.

Wrestling

Ryan Maus

Ryan Maus

Two seniors capped off their illustrious careers for the Bulldog wrestling team this winter in Ryan Maus and Colton Schmitz. Both finished in the top 10 in career victories with Maus winning 97 matches and placing third at the 2013 NCAA national championships and Schmitz finishing with 95 victories and a team-high 25 wins as a senior.

The Bulldogs were invited to compete in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II National Duals in January in Des Moines, Iowa, and finished the season with a 6-10 dual record.

Schmitz was a first-team all-academic selection and led a contingent consisting of Nick Shea, Will Evans, Luke Knocke, Alex Rentschler and Chase Wrisinger to the NWCA All-Academic team list. The Bulldogs posted the fifth-highest GPA in Division II marking the 11th top-five finish by the Bulldogs over the past 15 years.

Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes

A trio of Bulldogs were recognized as the Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes by the Truman Athletics Department  following the 2013-14 school year. Kelsey Bollman (softball), Casey Jepsen (women’s swimming) and Mike Carlson (men’s basketball) are this year’s recipients.

Bollman finished her Truman career as a four-time all-conference member and is listed in the top five of several softball offensive stat categories. She broke the school record with 58 career doubles while placing fourth in runs scored (140), hits (233), home runs (22) and RBIs (124) in her 200 games played. Bollman and the Bulldogs finished the 2014 season with 43-13 record and made their first trip in nine years to the NCAA national tournament.

Women’s swimmer Casey Jepsen earned three All-America honors this past March and capped off her Bulldog career with a total of nine All-America certificates. She finished 10th nationally in the 200 freestyle and was 11th in the 500 free. Jepsen had a runner-up finish at the GLVC championships in the 200 and was third in the 100 while helping the Bulldogs to a second place finish in the overall conference standings.

Men’s basketball player Mike Carlson was named the sixth All-American in program history and earned Great Lakes Valley Conference co-Player of the Year honors while leading the men to 20-7 overall record and 13-5 GLVC mark. He averaged 21.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a senior and shot 54.4 percent from the floor. He scored 575 points this season, marking the second-highest single-season total in Truman history, and finished his three seasons as a Bulldog ranked eighth in career points with 1,326 total in 82 career games (16.2 per game). Carlson scored a career- and program- single-game high 48 points against Missouri S&T on Jan. 30, 2014.