|’Birds split doubleheader with Sycamores|
|Written by Tawni Ricketts, Daily Vidette Reporter|
|Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:40|
The Illinois State and Indiana State softball teams finished Wednesday’s doubleheader in similar positions as each team recorded one win and one loss in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Redbirds took the first victory of the day, beating the Sycamores 3-0, while the Sycamores gained revenge in the second game, beating Illinois State 6-1. The ’Birds are now 25-21 in the season.
Illinois State 3, Indiana State 0
Jordan Birch received the win for the Redbirds after pitching a full seven innings of play. Birch kept the Sycamore bats at bay, allowing no runs, recording five strikeouts, and allowing just one hit during her time in the circle.
“[Birch] had a great game,” ISU head coach Melinda Fischer said. “She had a no hitter going into the seventh inning. I thought she did a great job in the circle.”
Illinois State utilized Indiana State fielding errors to its advantage, as the ’Birds recorded two unearned runs.
The Redbirds didn’t score until the fourth inning when Lindsey Greene hit an RBI single that allowed Caiti Kopp to score. Nichelle Harrison followed Kopp across the plate as she took advantage of an error committed by the Sycamore catcher.
At the end of the fourth inning Illinois State led Indiana State 2-0.
The Redbirds scored again in the seventh inning as Kopp reached on an error by the Indiana State third baseman, allowing Elizabeth Kay to score, thus securing the 3-0 victory for Illinois State.
“I thought we did some heads up base running in that game,” Fischer said. “We were able to capitalize and score a couple of runs, so I thought that was good.”
Illinois St. 1, Indiana St. 6
Illinois State pitcher Megan Warner received the loss as all six Sycamore runs were scored during her time in the circle. Freshman pitcher Sophia Perez also saw time on the field, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out three after she took to the circle in the end of the fifth inning.
“Sophia did a nice job coming in. She’s very poised in that situation. She did what we needed her to do and that was to throw some strikes,” Fischer said.
Both teams began the game in a three-up, three-down fashion in the first inning.
But in the top of the second inning, a Sycamore home run to left-center field put Indiana State in the lead, 1-0.
In the second inning, Illinois State was able to place three runners on base, but failed to get a run across home plate.
After a scoreless first three innings, the Redbirds recorded their first and only run of the game during the fourth inning after freshman Kara Repp hit an RBI double to left field that allowed Harrison to score, tying the game at 1-1.
“I didn’t feel that we attacked the pitcher the same way that we did in the first game. We just did not do as good of a job of putting the bat on the ball,” Fisher said.
The Sycamores responded with an offensive spurt in the fifth inning where they scored five runs on five hits and one Redbird fielding error, securing the Indiana State win 6-1.
“I thought it was a combination of [the Sycamores] putting the bat on the ball, we misplayed a couple of balls in that inning, [and] we had a mental mistake,” Fisher said. “It should have been 2-1 out of that inning if we had made the plays that we’re capable of making.”