Softball To Travel To SIU For Final Series Of 2014 Regular Season
May 1, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
ISU SOFTBALL RELEASE
TERRE HAUTE, Ind.—The Indiana State softball team is set to wrap up the 2014 regular season this weekend when they travel to Carbondale, Ill. for a three-game Missouri Valley Conference series against the Salukis of Southern Illinois. The Sycamores enter the weekend with a 25-25 overall record and 7-16 in MVC play while the Salukis are 27-21 overall and 14-9 in MVC play. The Sycamores are still battling to advance to their first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament singe the 2009 season. The Sycamores have also broken three school records (runs scored, RBI’s, hit by pitch) as a team and by the conclusion of the weekend, should also break five more (batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, fielding percentage, total bases) for a total of eight. The team’s 25 wins are also the fourth most in school history. Indiana State has also been led by senior Morgan Allee who is hitting .390 and holds a school record .505 on base percentage with 34 runs scored and 30 stolen bases. Live stats for all three games along with full box scores and recaps, can be found online at GoSycamores.com. A free live radio broadcast will also be available online at GoSycamores.com.
Last Time Out
The Indiana State softball team last saw the field on April 26-27 when they concluded the home portion of their 2014 season. The Sycamores fell to the Bulldogs of Drake 9-3 in the first game of the series before winning game two 5-3. The two teams then battled through a marathon on Sunday before the Sycamores fell by a final score of 2-1 in 12 innings. In that game, junior Yvette Alvarez pitched 9.1 scoreless innings in relief with nine strikeouts. Sophomore Abbie Malchow finished the doubleheader with a perfect 4-4 effort and was just a double away from a cycle as she hit her first home run of the season and first career triple.
A Little History — Southern Illinois
The Sycamores and Salukis have previously met 83 times with the Salukis holding the 66-17 all-time series advantage over the Sycamores. The two teams first met during the 1978 season with the Salukis defeating the Sycamores 4-0. Last season the series was a complete washout in Terre Haute. The last meeting between the two schools came in 2012 when the Sycamores defeating SIU 4-2 in the first game before falling 5-0 and 3-1.
Scouting The Salukis
The Salukis enter the game with a 27-21 overall record and 14-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play having last seen the field on April 27 as they fell the Shockers of Wichita State in the series finale. SIU has been led by Jayna Spivey who is hitting .353 on the season and is one of four Salukis hitting over .300 on the season. As a team, SIU is hitting .283 with a .401 on base percentage. In the circle for the Salukis, Katie Bertelsen leads the team with a 3.72 ERA and 14-10 record over 167.1 innings pitched with 58 strikeouts. As a staff, Southern Illinois holds a 3.95 team ERA.
Making Valley History
Despite playing just 100 games as a Sycamore, senior Morgan Allee is nearing a benchmark as she is now 10th in career stolen bases in MVC history. Allee currently sits in second place in ISU history with 66 stolen bases and just needs two more steals to tie the ISU career record, despite playing just two seasons, 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 .463, behind only Krista McFarren who held a .471 average from 1981-83, second in slugging percentage at .520, and second in batting average at .362, behind only Lea Twigg who was .375 from 1995-95. Her mark of .505 on base percentage is also currently the highest in ISU single season history. The senior also is 9th in runs scored with 70 and Allee also ranks third all-time in career hit by pitch with 20 and holds the single season hit by pitch record with 12 and runs scored with 36.
Moving On Up Part II
Senior Shelby Wilson is also second in career RBI’s with 87, just 2 away from Katie Armour’s mark of 89 for the top spot. Wilson also ranks in the top 15 of 17 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 3 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 8 different team records, including: batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs scored, RBI’s, total bases, hit by pitch, and fielding percentage. Last season, the Sycamores set the ISU record for on base percentage, stolen bases and hit by pitch. The team’s 25-25 overall record also marks the first time since the 1992 season that the team has been at or above .500, 50 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 50 games, the team holds a .294 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 .390. with a .505 on base percentage with 30 stolen bases.
Not Afraid To Sacrifice
Freshman Rylee Holland as made an immediate impact for the Sycamores and been superb at advancing runners. In 45 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 3rd in the MVC in runners advanced with 22. As a team, the Sycamores have 74 sacrifice bunts to lead the MVC.
With six 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 2014
25 wins in 2006
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 74 and lead the Valley in runners advanced with 182, 44 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 90 in 50 games, ranking them 17th nationally.
Through their first 50 games of the season, the Indiana State softball team has been quick to get on the scoreboard. The Sycamores have scored first in 26 of their 50 games played. When scoring first, the Sycamores are 21-5 on the season. The Sycamores have also scored in the first inning 18 times and hold a 16-2 record when doing so. The Sycamores have also been outstanding at holding teams to two or fewer runs as they have done so 20 times and hold a 15-5 record when doing so. The team is also 24-3 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 19th nationally in fielding percentage at .972. The Sycamores 41 errors is also the second fewest in the MVC to date. In addition, the Sycamores have also turned 18 double plays which ranks third in the MVC.
Playing Small Ball
Despite having the second fewest extra base hits in the MVC through their 50 games played with 85, the Sycamores are averaging nearly eight hits a game and are second in the Missouri Valley Conference in batting average at .294 . 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 .381. The Sycamores also rank second in the MVC in hits, third in walks and fourth in hit by pitch with 378, 149, and 36, 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 90 stolen bases in 50 games to rank first in the MVC and 17th nationally. Senior Morgan Allee leads the team with 30 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 210 runs in 50 games the Sycamores broke the ISU record for runs scored in a season and, are fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference in runs scored and sixth in runs scored per game at 4.20. The Sycamores lead the MVC as they hold a .530 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 Brooke Riemenschneider also leads the team in success advancing runners with a .574 average with 40 advancements in 67 opportunities.
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 weekend series against Southern Illinois, the Sycamores will find out whether they advance to the MVC tournament for the first time in five years. The team will either conclude their season or travel to Normal, Ill on May 8-10 to complete for the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.