Softball To Travel To Loyola For Final Midweek Game Of The Season
April 22, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
ISU SOFTBALL RELEASE
TERRE HAUTE, Ind.—The Indiana State softball team is set to play its final midweek game of the season on Tuesday when they travel to Chicago, Ill. to face the Ramblers of Loyola in the rubber match of the three game series at Loyola Softball Park. The two teams split a doubleheader on April 15 in Terre Haute. Now 46 games into the season, the Sycamores have been led by senior Morgan Allee who leads the team with a .391 batting average and .503 on base percentage. The senior also leads the team with six home runs, a .624 slugging percentage, 33 runs scored, 26 RBI’s and 52 hits along with an MVC leading 28 stolen bases. Allee leads four Sycamores batting over .300 and as a team, Indiana State is batting a school record .296. Live stats for the game along with full box and recap will be available online at GoSycamores.com. A free live audio stream will also be available online at GoSycamores.com.
Last Time Out
The Indiana State softball team last saw the field on April 18-19 when they split a three-game series with the Braves of Bradley. The Braves defeated the Sycamores in the first game of the series 13-3 before the Sycamores came back to win game two by a score of 2-1. The Sycamores fell just short in the finale of the series, falling 6-3. On the weekend, Allee hit .625 with a .700 on base percentage to lead the Sycamores while freshman Rylee Holland hit .556 with two RBI’s. Freshman Erika Crissman also hit her first collegiate home run on Friday against Bradley.
A Little History — Loyola
The Sycamores and Ramblers have previously met nine times with the Sycamores holding the 5-4 all-time series advantage over Loyola. The first meeting between the two schools came during the 1988 season when the Sycamores swept both games of a doubleheader 6-1 and 11-0. The last meeting came just one week ago when the two teams split a doubleheader in Terre Haute. The Ramblers won game one 2-1 before the Sycamores won the second game 5-3.
Scouting The Ramblers
The Ramblers enter the game with a 16-27 overall record and 7-12 in Missouri Valley Conference play having last seen the field on April 18-19 as they were swept by the Salukis of Southern Illinois in a three-game series. Jessica Balzano leads the Ramblers on the offensive end, hitting .296 to lead the team with 15 RBI’s. As a team, Loyola hitters are hitting .245 with a .324 on base percentage. In the circle for the Ramblers, Brittany Gardner leads the pitching staff with a 3.35 ERA and 12-12 record over 150.2 innings pitched with 115 strikeouts.
Making Valley History
Despite playing just 93 games as a Sycamore, senior Morgan Allee is nearing a benchmark as she is now 11th in career stolen bases in Missouri Valley Conference history. Allee currently sits in second place in ISU history with 64 stolen bases and just needs four more steals to tie the ISU career record after setting the ISU single season record of 36 last season. Allee also fell just one short of setting the MVC single season record last season.
Moving On Up
Senior Morgan Allee is also closing in on other Sycamore records as she is currently second in career on base percentage at .460, behind only Krista McFarren who held a .471 average from 1981-83 and slugging percentage at .522, behind only Meredith Simpson who held a .523 average from 2006-09 and second in batting average at .361, behind only Lea Twigg who was .375 from 1995-95. Her mark of .503 on base percentage is also currently the highest in ISU single season history. The senior alos is 10th in runs scored with 69 and Allee also ranks third all-time in career hit by pitch with 18.
Moving On Up Part II
Senior Shelby Wilson is also second in career RBI’s with 86, just 3 away from Katie Armour’s mark of 89 for the top spot. Wilson also ranks in the top 15 of 16 different Indiana State career record categories, including: batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, games started, at bats, runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI’s, total bases, walks, hit by pitch, sacrifice flies, sacrifice hits and stolen bases.
Moving On Up: Team Edition
With 7 games left to play, the Indiana State softball team is having an assault on the ISU record book as they are on pace to break 10 different team records, including: batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs scored, RBI’s, total bases, walks, hit by pitch, stolen bases and fielding percentage. Last season, the Sycamores set the ISU record for on base percentage, stolen bases and hit by pitch. The team’s 24-22 overall record also marks the first time since the 1992 season that the team has been over .500, 46 games into a season.
Now nearing the end of the 2014 season, the Indiana State softball team has been extremely consistent at the plate as a team. Through 46 games, the team holds a .296 team batting average which ranks second in the MVC, only trailing Wichita State. The Sycamores also have four different players batting over .300 on the season, led by senior Morgan Allee who is at .391. with a .503 on base percentage with 28 stolen bases.
Not Afraid To Sacrifice
Freshman Rylee Holland as made an immediate impact for the Sycamores and been superb at advancing runners. In 46 games played, Holland has 14 sacrifice bunts and two sacrifice flies to lead the Missouri Valley Conference and ranks 12th in NCAA Division 1. Holland also leads the MVC in runners advanced with 25. Aubre Carpenter is also 6th in the MVC in runners advanced with 18. As a team, the Sycamores have 64 sacrifice bunts to lead the MVC.
With seven games to play, the Sycamores have the chance to be on of the best teams in school history with 24 wins already on the board.
31 wins in 1986
28 win in 1986
26 wins in 1992
25 wins in 2006
24 wins in 2014
Seeing The Ball
On March 29 in the series opener at Illinois State, freshman catcher Brooke Riemenschneider had one of the best offensive days a player could ask for as she went 3-3 and reached base in all five of her plate appearance. Riemenschneider hit two home runs and a double off the top of the wall to drive in three runs with five runs scored individually. Now on the season, Remy is second on the team in RBI’s with 21.
Advancing Those Runners
Not only has the team been efficient at getting on base, they have also been able to advance runners already on base. The Sycamores lead the MVC in sacrifice bunts with 64 and lead the Valley in runners advanced with 164, 37 more than Wichita State who ranks second in the leage. Just as they did last season, the Sycamores also lead the MVC in stolen bases with 87 in 43 games, ranking them seventh nationally.
Through their first 46 games of the season, the Indiana State softball team has been quick to get on the scoreboard. The Sycamores have scored first in 25 of their 43 games played. When scoring first, the Sycamores are 20-5 on the season. The Sycamores have also scored in the first inning 15 times and hold a 15-1 record when doing so. The Sycamores have also been outstanding at holding teams to two or fewer runs as they have done so 19 times and hold a 15-4 record when doing so. The team is also 23-3 when leading their opponents after four innings.
Fielding It Clean
After finishing near the top of the league in fielding percentage last season, the Sycamores are once again doing a superb job of not beating themselves and are currently second in the MVC and 22nd nationally in fielding percentage at .973. The Sycamores 36 errors is also the second fewest in the MVC to date. In addition, the Sycamores have also turned 14 double plays which ranks fifth in the MVC.
Playing Small Ball
Despite having the second fewest extra base hits in the MVC through their 46 games played with 74, the Sycamores are averaging nearly eight hits a game and are second in the Missouri Valley Conference in batting average at .296 . While they have been superb at putting the ball in play, the Sycamores have also found other ways on base as they are third in the MVC in On Base Percentage at .382. The Sycamores also rank second in the MVC in hits, fifth in walks and fourth in hit by pitch with 349, 135 and 32, respectively. Seven Sycamore players have also received double digit walks in, Allee, Crissman, Cavin, Alvarez, Riemenschneider, Wilson and Stone.
Good Speed Aboard
Just as it was last season, speed is the name of the game for the Sycamores as they have 87 stolen bases in 46 games to rank first in the MVC and 18th nationally. Senior Morgan Allee leads the team with 28 stolen bases after finishing 2013 ninth in the NCAA with 36 stolen bases. On Feb. 22 against Dayton, Allee stole four bases for a team and career high. As a team the Sycamores stole nine bases against Quinnipiac on March 7. Now 35 games into the season, 14 different Sycamore players have stolen a base with freshmen Kassie Brown, Leah Salmon, Madison Booe, Erika Crissman, Rylee Holland and Brooke Riemenschneider along with sophomores Kelsey Montgomery, Abbie Malchow and Alexa Cavin and juniors Aubre Carpenter, Ashley Dickerson and Megan Stone, and senior Shelby Wilson.
Getting On Base
After hitting .237 during her freshman campaign, sophomore Kelsey Montgomery has broken out in her sophomore season as she has led the Sycamores and the Missouri Valley Conference for the majority of the first part of the season and now holds a .390 average. At the second release of NCAA Statistics, her batting average also ranked her 39th in NCAA Division 1.
Lockwood, Stone, Riemenschneider, Allee Earn MVC Honors
In her first season as a Sycamore, sophomore pitcher Taylor Lockwood has been named MVC Pitcher of the Week on two occasions. Lockwood first earned the award, on Feb. 24 before earning her second of the season on March 10. Junior Megan Stone and freshman Brooke Riemenschneider each earned MVC weekly awards on March 31. Stone was named MVC Player of the Week while Riemenschneider was named MVC Newcomer of the Week. The honor was the first for Riemenschneider and second for Stone but first this season. Senior Morgan Allee also added her name to list of Sycamores to earn the award on April 14 when she was named MVC Player of the Week. It is also the first time in ISU history that the team has earned more than two honors.
Scoring Those Runs
After scoring 198 runs in 46 games, the Sycamores are fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference in runs scored and sixth in runs scored per game at 4.30. The Sycamores lead the MVC as they hold a .537 percentage of runners advanced. Sophomore Kelsey Montgomery leads the team with runners in scoring position as she holds a .455 batting average with 10 hits in 22 at bats with runners in scoring position. Freshman Erika Crissman also leads the team in success advancing runners with a .574 average with 31 advancements in 54 opportunities. The team’s 198 runs scored is also just 10 runs away from tying the school record.
Inside The Park
For the second time in as many seasons, the Indiana State softball team has recorded an inside the park home run. On March 1 against Western Kentucky in the Hilltopper Classic, sophomore Alexa Cavin hit a ball to center field and sped around the bases for her first career home run, an inside the park home run. Last season, now senior, Morgan Allee hit an inside the park home run at Northern Iowa.
Lockwood Is Tiger Classic MVP
Sophomore Taylor Lockwood was a force to be dealt with in the Tiger Classic in Nashville, Tenn. on Feb. 22-23 when she pitched 13.2 scoreless innings en route to a 2-0 record while striking out 11 batters. For her efforts, Lockwood was named MVP of the tournament while freshman Erika Crissman and senior Morgan Allee each earned All-Tourmant honors.
Wilson & Allee Earn All-MVC Honors
After both received postseason recognition last season, seniors Shelby Wilson and Morgan Allee each earned 1st Team Preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference honors for the 2014 season. This marks the first time in school history that two players have received preseason honors. Last season, Wilson was named 1st Team All-MVC and 2nd Team All-Region while Allee was named 2nd Team All-MVC and Newcomer of the Year.
Follow ISU Softball Online
Keep up to date with Sycamore softball all over the web this season. Full stats, box scores and recaps will continue to be available on www.GoSycamores.com. Every home game along with the majority of road games can also be heard world wide free of charge online at GoSycamores.com and select home games will offer a free webcast. However, you can also follow the Sycamores on Facebook at Facebook.com/SycamoreSoftball with the Indiana State University Softball fan page or on Twitter at Twitter.com/IndStSoftball. Highlights and interviews will also be available at Youtube.com.
On To The Next One
Following the single game against Loyola, the Sycamores will return home to wrap up the home portion of their schedule as they play Drake in a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday at Price Field. It will be senior weekend when the team will honor its two seniors Morgan Allee and Shelby Wilson.