Sycamore Softball Splits Doubleheader With Loyola Tuesday
April 16, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
TERRE HAUTE, Ind.—Behind two solid outings in the circle, the Indiana State softball team (23-20, 5-11 MVC) split a doubleheader with the Ramblers of Loyola (16-23, 7-9 MVC) Tuesday at Price Field.
In the first game of the day, the both teams pitchers dueled for the majority of the game as sophomore Taylor Lockwood recorded six strikeouts in the first four innings.
The Ramblers broke through in the top of the fifth inning with back-to-back doubles to score one run and give them a 1-0 lead over the Sycamores.
Senior Morgan Allee, the reigning Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, then tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with her sixth home run of the season to right field.
Neither team could gain an advantage, however, forcing extra innings. The Sycamores had opportunities in the bottom of the eighth but couldn't take advantage.
Loyola then pulled again the top of the ninth with a two singles to take a 2-1 lead, one the Sycamores could not overcome as the Ramblers defeated the Sycamores 2-1 in nine innings.
Lockwood finished the game, pitching a complete game, nine innings, allowing just six hits with two earned run and six strikeouts.
Both teams struggled on the offensive end to start game two before the Sycamores broke through, with all nine starters recording a hit as they defeated the Ramblers 5-3.
Loyola again got on the board first in the top of the fourth inning, plating one run off two hits and one Sycamore error to take a 1-0 lead.
To lead off the bottom of the fourth inning, senior Shelby Wilson hit a solo home run to left field to tie the game before Allee hit a two-RBI double and junior Aubre Carpenter had an RBI squeeze to give the Sycamores a 4-1 lead.
Loyola tried to respond in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs off a home run to left field to cut the Sycamores lead to 4-3.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, sophomore Alexa Cavin led off with a walk and came around to score on an RBI single by freshman Brooke Riemenschneider to give the Sycamores a 5-3 lead, one they would hold the rest of the game.
Junior Yvette Alvarez pitched a complete game, seven innings, to earn the win, allowing just six hits and two earned runs with four strikeouts.
The Sycamores will host the Braves of Bradley University in a doubleheader on Friday at Price Field beginning at 2 p.m.