Back-To-Back Shutouts Gives Sycamores Weekend Sweep Of Tiger Classic
February 24, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
ISU SPORTS RELEASE
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Junior Yvette Alvarez and sophomore Taylor Lockwood each threw complete game shutouts as the Indiana State softball team swept the Tiger Classic Sunday defeating Temple 6-0 and Tennessee State 3-0.
The Sycamores finished the weekend 4-0 and improved to 5-3 on the season.
“When you go 4-0 in a weekend, you have a lot of people step up,” head coach Shane Bouman said. “Taylor Lockwood and Yvette Alvarez threw well, Erika Crissman, both catchers [Riemenschneider and Booe] played vital rolls and playing without Shelby Wilson, Ashley Dickerson and Kassie Brown filled in defensively, playing out of position. We were able to get on base and put a lot of pressure on people. That’s the way we like to play softball. We learned a lot and made some huge strides this weekend.”
In the first game of the day against the Owls of Temple, the Sycamores struck early as freshman Rylee Holland singled and stole second base. After a groundout, freshman Brooke Riemenschneider hit an RBI single to center field to give the Sycamores a 1-0 lead after one half inning of play.
The Sycamores then scored again in the top of the third inning when sophomore Alexa Cavin hit an RBI single to shortstop to score Holland and make it 2-0.
Indiana State tacked on runs in the fourth and fifth as well to give the Sycamores a 4-0 advantage heading to the top of the seventh inning.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Sycamore offense struck again. Holland led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a single to right center off the bat of senior Morgan Allee. Freshman Madison Booe then advanced both runners one base on a sacrifice bunt. Cavin then reached on a throwing error to score Holland. Junior Megan Stone then hit an RBI single up the middle to score Cavin and make it a 7-0 Sycamore lead.
Temple put runners on the corners in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t score as Alvarez completed the seven inning shutout in the form of a 7-0 Indiana State win.
Alvarez pitched seven complete innings, allowing five hits with three strikeouts. Allee finished 2-4 with a run scored while Cavin was 1-4 with two RBI’s and a run scored.
For the sixth time in eight games the Sycamores got on the scoreboard first in game two of the day against host Tennessee State.
Freshman Erika Crissman singled to lead off the game and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Holland. Junior Aubre Carpenter then hit a bunt single to put runners on the corners before Allee hit a sacrifice fly to center field to give ISU a 1-0 advantage.
Neither team was able to score again until the top of the fifth inning when the Sycamores broke through once again.
Crissman led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Holland. After a groundout, Allee singled to third base and advanced to scond on an error as Crissman scored to give the Sycamores a 3-0 lead.
Lockwood then retired Tennessee State in order in the bottom of the seventh to give the Sycamores a four game sweep in the Tiger Classic.
Crissman finished the game 2-3 with two runs scored while Allee was 1-3 with two RBI’s and a run scored. Lockwood pitched seven complete innings, allowing just four hits with seven strikeouts.
On the weekend, Crissman batted .462 with six hits in 13 at bats with five runs scored while Riemenschneider batted .429 with five RBI’s. In the circle, Lockwood had a perfect 0.00 ERA over 13.2 innings pitched with 5 strikeouts en route to a 2-0 record.