SOFTBALL SPLITS WEDNESDAY DOUBLEHEADER WITH SYCAMORES
April 10, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
IUPUI SPORTS RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS – A 2-1 victory in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against Indiana State extended the IUPUI softball team's winning streak to five games, but the Jags could not make it six as the Sycamores took Game 2 to split the doubleheader at the IUPUI Softball Complex.
The split kept IUPUI's record at .500 for the season at 16-16, while Indiana State remained two games above .500 at 20-18.
Runs were at a premium in both games on Wednesday between two teams that had already played a low-scoring, one-run contest back at the end of February that fell Indiana State's way, 3-2.
In the opener, IUPUI struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Roni Patterson blasted a two-run home run to center field to place the Jags on top, 2-0. That would be all the run support they would need.
Jocelyn Oppenhuis allowed just five base runners in the first five innings and didn't allow a runner past first base as the Jags maintained their two-run cushion entering the sixth.
Meanwhile, IUPUI had runners in scoring position in the second, third and fifth innings, but it was unable to plate any more runs.
In the sixth, the Sycamores plated their first run of the game with a lead-off solo homer and added a bunt single following the homer, but Oppenhuis rebounded and forced a double play and a ground out to keep the lead in her team's favor.
After the Jags failed to score in their half of the sixth, Emili Escamilla replaced Oppenhuis in the circle and set down ISU in order in the seventh to preserve the 2-1 win and pick up her first save of the season.
Both pitchers remained in control in Game 2 with Escamilla and Yvette Alvarez each keeping the opposition scoreless for three innings, but this time Indiana State struck in the fourth. The Sycamores scored two runs on three hits and one IUPUI error in the frame to seize a 2-0 lead.
Cassie Vodde relieved Escamilla in the fourth and went the rest of the way giving up five hits and no earned runs, but the IUPUI offense was retired in order in the fourth and the sixth innings and could not move a runner into scoring position in the fifth and seventh innings resulting in the Sycamores taking the second game of the doubleheader, 2-0.
IUPUI has a nine-day break before returning to Summit League action on April 18-19 when it heads to Vermillion, S.D., to take on South Dakota.