Sycamore Softball Sweeps Day One Of Tiger Classic Saturday
February 23, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
ISU PRESS RELEASE
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Indiana State softball team (3-3) got off to a quick start in the Tiger Classic Saturday as they defeated Youngstown State (3-3) 5-4 and Dayton (2-7) in their first two games in Nashville, Tenn.
"It was fun to get outside and get some good weather," head coach Shane Bouman said. "The girls played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, especially in the second game. It was good to get a couple wins under our belt."
The Indiana State softball team (2-3) got off to a quick start in the Tiger Classic Saturday as they defeated the Penguins of Youngstown State (3-3) 5-4 to open play in Nashville, Tenn.
The Sycamores got on the board first in the top of the first inning as freshmen Erika Crissman and Kassie Brown led off the game with infield singles and advanced one base on a wild pitch. Crissman then scored on a RBI groundout by senior Shelby Wilson to give the Sycamores a 1-0 lead.
Youngstown State answered back in their half of the first as they led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run to tie the game 1-1.
In the top of the third inning, the Sycamore offense struck again with four consecutive singles to leadoff the inning to give ISU a 2-1 lead.
Indiana State tacked on three more runs in the top of the fourth inning to extend their lead over Youngstown State to 5-2. Junior Megan Stone led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch and third on a groundout by junior Yvette Alvarez.
Junior Ashley Dickerson then reached on a fielders choice before stealing second. Junior Aubre Carpenter then scored Stone with a fielders choice and advanced to second on the throw. Crissman then followed suite with a single up the middle to score Dickerson before a fielders choice scored Carpenter to give the Sycamores a 5-2 lead.
The Penguins answered back with one in the fourth and two in the fifth but could never overcome the early deficit as the Sycamores went on to win by a final score of 5-2.
Crissman finished the game 3-4 with an RBI and two runs scored while Brown was 2-4 with an RBI. Alvarez earned the win in the circle while sophomore Taylor Lockwood earned the save.
For the second straight game, the Sycamores got on the scoreboard first as freshman Erika Crissman singled to lead off the bottom of the first ining and advanced to second on a sacrifice by freshman Kassie Brown. After a walk by senior Morgan Allee, sophomore Alexa Cavin singled to center field to score Crissman and give the Sycamores a 1-0 lead. Freshman Brooke Riemenschneider crushed her first career home run over the left field wall to give the Sycamores a 4-0 lead after one inning.
The Flyers answered with a pair of runs in the top of the second to cut the Sycamore lead to 4-2.
In the bottom of the third inning, Allee led off the inning with a single to center field before stealing second and third and after a strike out, Allee scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-2.
Dayton once again answered with a run of their own in the top of the 4th to make it 5-3 Sycamores.
Indiana State wasn't done on offense, however, as they scored two more runs, off zero hits, in the bottom of the fifth to extend the lead to 7-3.
The Flyers made things interesting in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with no outs but after a pop out, Allee made a leaping catch and turned a double play to end the game with the Sycamores coming out victorious 7-3.
On the day, Crissman went 4-6 with a RBI, three runs scored and two walks. On the season, Crissman is now batting .615, just six games into her Sycamore career.
The Sycamores will return to action on Sunday when they play Temple and host Tennessee State.