Five Home Runs Leads Sycamores To Doubleheader Split At Illinois State
March 30, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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NORMAL, Ill.—Four different Sycamores hit a total of five home runs including two by freshman Brooke Riemenschneider and the first career home run by junior Ashley Dickerson as the Sycamores split a doubleheader with the Redbirds of Illinois State Saturday in Normal, Ill.
"It was kind of a crazy game one with a lot of fireworks on both sides," head coach Shane Bouman said. "Megan Stone and Brooke Riemenschneider had phenominal game one's so it was a great way to start the trip. We kind of let the second one slip away but we still have a shot to win a series tomorrow."
The Sycamores got off to a hot start in game one, when senior Morgan Allee hit the first pitch of the game over the right center field wall to give the Sycamores a 1-0 advantage. Freshman Rylee Holland then was hit by a pitch before Riemenschneider crushed a ball over the left field wall to make it 3-0 Sycamores before the Redbirds could record an out. The Sycamores then tacked on one more run when Dickerson hit a sacrifice fly to score junior Megan Stone.
In the top of the second inning, Stone hit an RBI double to score Riemenschneider and give the Sycamores a 5-0 lead over the Redbirds. Illinois State answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth but the Sycamores extended their lead even further in the top of the fifth with Riemenschneider's second home run of the game to make it 6-1.
The Redbirds battled back in the fifth, scoring two runs to cut it to 6-3 but the Sycamores answered right back with a pair of runs off a two RBI double by Stone to give Indiana State an 8-3 lead.
Illinois State made things interesting, however, scoring five runs in the bottom half of the sixth to force extra innings. Stone retook the lead for the Sycamores with a two-run homer with no outs in the top of the eighth and Dickerson followed suite with a two-run homer of her own give ISU a 12-8 lead. The Sycamore defense held Illinois State scoreless in the bottom of the eighth as the Sycamores went on to defeat Illinois State 12-8 in eight innings in game one.
Riemenschneider finished the game 3-3 with two home runs, three RBI's, five runs scored and two walks while Stone was 4-5 with five RBI's, a home run and two runs scored.
In the second game of the day, the Redbirds jumped out to an early lead over the Sycamores before Indiana State controlled the middle part of the contest.
After loading the bases in the top of the first inning, the Sycamores came up scorless and the Redbirds got on the board in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead.
The Sycamores answered back in the top of the third as Allee and Holland led off the inning with back-to-back walks before Riemenschneider hit an RBI single to right field to score Allee. Stone then reached on a fielders choice to score Holland and give the Sycamores a 2-0 lead.
Illinois State responded in the bottom half of the frame when they led off the inning with a solo home run before hitting a two run home run, three batters later, to take a 4-3 lead, one they would not give up.
On the day, Riemenschneider went 5-7 while Stone was 5-8 for the Sycamores.
The two teams will play a finale at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday.