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Sycamores Win Rubber Match 7-6 Over Wichita State Sunday

April 22, 2012
Richmond High School

Courtesy:ISU Athletics

TERRE HAUTE, Ind.—Behind senior Lindsey Beisser's fifth complete game of the week and senior Hailey Tinsman's first career home run, the Indiana State softball team (18-26, 5-14 MVC) won its final home event of the season 7-6 in the rubber match of the series against Wichita State (12-34, 5-15 MVC). 

"It was great for the seniors that we could play well this weekend at home," head coach Shane Bouman said. "Lindsey Beisser had a great week and we had a chance in every single game and could have been 5-0."

In the bottom of the third inning the Sycamore offense got a lead and never looked back. Freshman Megan Stone led off the inning with a base on balls followed by an RBI triple by sophomore Shelby Wilson to score Stone. Tinsman then singled to score Wilson and gave the Sycamores a 2-0 advantage.

The Shockers answered in the top of the fourth inning when they scored an unearned run to cut the Sycamore lead to 2-1.

The score did not stay close for long, however, as in the bottom of the fifth inning the Sycamores put a three spot on the board to extend their lead to 5-1. Stone led off the inning with a double to center field and after a flyout, Tinsman tripled to score Stone. The next batter, senior Olivia Andres singled to score Tinsman and make it 4-1 Sycamores. A single by junior Mackenzie Connelly kept the inning going and two more walks by Beisser and freshman Ashley Dickerson, walked in a run to make it 5-1 ISU.

The Shockers again answered as they scored one run in the top of the sixth to cut the Sycamore lead to 5-2.

Once again, in the top bottom half of the inning, the Sycamore bats delivered as Stone led off the inning with a single and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Wilson. Tinsman then crushed a ball over the left field fence for her first career home run in her final game as a Sycamore to make it 7-2 ISU.

The Shockers tried to make it interesting, however, as they scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning but the Sycamores prevailed and went on to win the game by a final score of 7-6.

Tinsman finished the game going 3-4 at the plate for the Sycamores with four RBI's and two runs scored while freshman Megan Stone finished 3-3 with three runs scored.

Beisser completed the week with a 3-2 record with 22 strikeouts allowing just nine earned runs over her 35 innings of work for the Sycamores.

The Sycamores will now finish out the 2012 season on a nine game road trip. The team will next be in action on Tuesday when they travel to Normal, Ill. where they will try to win their second series in a row when they face the Redbirds of Illinois State before traveling to play Wisconsin in a double header on Wednesday.

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