Illinois State Takes 2 of 3 from ISU Softball

Published 03/30 2014 10:01PM

Updated 03/30 2014 10:05PM

NORMAL, Ill.—Despite leading for the majority of the game, the Sycamores (17-14, 2-6 MVC) could not overcome a late rally by the Redbirds of Illinois State (12-19, 4-2 MVC) and fell in the series finale by a final score of 8-7 in Normal, Ill. Sunday.

“I thought we found out that we can play at a high level,” assistant coach Amanda Zust said. “I thought that we played well and played good softball for the most part. It was two good teams that played a good softball game. We need to make one more play whether its defensively, get one more hit, make one more pitch in order to change the outcome in some of these games.”

The Redbirds took no time in getting on the scoreboard as they led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run to take a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the second, the Sycamores answered back as freshman Erika Crissman was hit by a pitch and stole second base before senior Shelby Wilson put the Sycamores in the lead with a two-run home run over the left field wall to make it 2-1.

One inning later, the Sycamores struck again when freshman Rylee Holland led off the inning with a single  before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Morgan Allee. Cavin then hit an RBI single to score Holland and advanced all the way to third on the throw. Two batters later, junior Megan Stone hit an RBI single to score Cavin and make it 4-1.

Illinois State would not go away as they came back in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs, to take a 5-4 lead over the Sycamores.

Indiana State responded in the top of the fourth when Wilson hit a one out single and freshman Leah Salmon came in to pinch run. Salmon then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Ashley Dickerson. Holland then reached on a bunt single to put runners on the corners. Both runners then scored on a wild pitch and throwing error, to give the Sycamores a 6-5 advantage.

The Sycamores extended their lead in the top of the fifth when a leadoff double by Stone came around to score on an RBI by Wilson to make it 7-5.

The Redbirds rallied late, however, scoring one in the fifth and two in the sixth to go on to defeat the Sycamores by a final score of 8-7.

Wilson finished the game 3-4 with a home run and three RBI’s while Stone was 3-4 with an RBI while Holland was 2-3 with two runs scored.

The Sycamores will return to action Tuesday when they travel to Bloomington, Ill. For a single game against the Hoosiers of Indiana.

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