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.
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.