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Sycamore Softball Ends Rebel Games With Doubleheader Split

March 14, 2014


AUBURNDALE, Fla.—After falling in the first game of the day 5-1 to the Coyotes of South Dakota (14-8), the Indiana State softball team (13-8) ended their Florida trip with an 8-0 win over Howard (1-7)  in five innings.


"We got back on track against Howard," assistant coach Lucas Hileman said. "We put the ball in play well, played good defense and Yvette filled up the zone. It was good to get that last game in and get on track for a big conference game this weekend."


Game One

The Indiana State softball team threatened early but was unable to get by the Coyotes of South Dakota, falling 5-1 in the first game of the day.


Senior Morgan Allee led off the game with a double and stole third base after a pop out. Junior Megan Stone then walked and stole second base to put runners at second and third with one out but the Sycamores were unable to push any runs across.


South Dakota responded in the bottom of the first with a pair of runs off a two run home run to take a 2-0 lead. The Coyotes then added to their lead in the bottom of the third, scoring one run off two hits.


The Sycamores cut into the South Dakota lead in the top of the fifth. Junior Aubre Carpenter was hit by a pitch before freshman Erika Crissman singled through the right side to put runners at first and second. Allee was then hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out before freshman Rylee Holland singled through the left side to score Carpenter and cut the Coyotes advantage to 5-1. 


The Sycamores could not get any closer, however, as they fell by a final score of 5-1. 


Holland finished the game 1-3 with an RBI while Allee was 1-3 with a stolen base.


Game Two

The Indiana State softball team finished out their Florida trip strong with an 8-0 win over Howard in five innings behind a complete game, one hit shutout by junior Yvette Alvarez.


The Sycamores got on the board early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning, to take a 3-0 lead. Freshman Erika Crissman doubled down the right field line before sophomore Kelsey Montgomery singled and advanced to second on a throwing error that scored Crissman. Allee then hit a bunt single to put runners on the corners before Montgomery scored and Allee advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a flyout, freshman Brooke Riemenschneider singled up the middle to score Allee and give ISU a 3-0 advantage.


In the bottom of the second, the Sycamores struck again as junior Ashley Dickerson led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on sacrifice bunt by Carpenter. Dickerson then advanced to third on a groundout by Crissman and scored on a squeeze by Montgomery to make it 4-0 after two complete innings.


Howard recieved its only hit of the day in the top of the first inning as the Sycamores never looked back, scoring two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to win by a final score of 8-0 in five innings.


Montgomery finished the game 2-2 with an RBI, stolen base and run scored while Crissman was 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Alvarez pitched a complete game, five innings, allowing just one hit while striking out five.


The Sycamores will return to action Saturday when they begin Missouri Valley Conference play against the Purple Aces of Evansville in Evansville, Ind.

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