Illinois State’s softball team (21-24, 13-5 MVC) was looking to finish its three-game series against the Bradley Braves (21-26, 12-9 MVC) with a win Tuesday evening, and the ’Birds did just that, coming out on top, 6-3. ISU played a doubleheader against Bradley last Wednesday, and finished the series tonight, 2-1. With the win over the Braves, it extends ISU’s winning streak to five.
The Redbirds and the Braves kept the game scoreless through the first three innings. The Braves put one up on the board with a solo home run to left field in the top of the fourth. The Redbirds were able to hold Bradley to the lone run and tie up the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the frame. Kelsey Turczyn and Kara Repp made it on base before Annie Heineman’s base hit to left field sent Turczyn home.
A few batters later, Regan Romshek stepped up to the plate to smash a grand slam and put the ’Birds on top at 5-1, in the bottom of the fourth. The Braves responded in the sixth with a two-run homer to tighten the gap, 5-3. In the bottom of the sixth Laura Canopy was hit by a pitch for the third time during the contest. Despite getting hit by three pitches, Canopy sprinted home after a wild pitch to give the ’Birds an extra run, 6-3.
With more opportunities to score, the Redbirds were unable to plate Molly Cull or Kaitlyn Knary, but they won the series over Bradley, 2-1 with the 6-3 win Tuesday night.
The Redbirds hope to keep their winning streak alive with a three-game series starting Saturday with a double header against Missouri State in Springfield, Mo. ISU will play Missouri State Sunday to finish the series.