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Illinois State head softball coach Melinda Fischer during a regular season game in 2019.

Unable to take a winning weekend, the Illinois State University softball team catches fire late in 11-5 win over Detroit Mercy. After the weekend the Redbirds’ record improves to 3-7 on the season.

Sunday

ISU 11, DM 5

The Redbirds won their final weekend game in the Arizona State Littlewood Classic against Detroit Mercy 11-5.

Mercy struck quickly in the first inning with home runs from Resse Ruhlman and Taryn Peru putting them up 2-0 in the bottom of the first.

Their lead only grew in the second inning when Mercy’s Ellie Boteler hit a solo home run. Shortly after, an error from the Redbirds saw Liz Paver score with the score being 4-0. After the error, a single from McKenna Tanguay saw Jordan Hazel score, furthering the Mercy lead to 5-0.

Then at the top of the third the Redbirds’ offense started to cut down the Mercy lead. Runs from Rebecca Moffett and Mack Leonard cut the Mercy deficit to only three runs.

The Redbirds’ bats then caught fire in the top of the fifth, with Moffett once again scoring off a Leonard double. Shortly after the Moffett run, Emme Olson hit a three-run home run putting the Redbirds in front. In addition, Alyssa Wiebel hit another home run scoring another two. Finally, a Leonard double saw Andrea Coursey and Brittni LaFountaine score bringing the Redbirds to a total of eight runs scored in the fifth inning and bringing the score to 10-5.

The Redbirds finished up the game scoring one more in the seventh inning. An Olson base hit saw Leonard score once again bringing the lead up to 11-5

Saturday

No. 10 KU 7, ISU 1

The Redbirds lost 7-1 to the Kentucky Wildcats as the Redbirds could not get their bats hot. 

The Redbirds jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, thanks to a Leonard home run.

The lead was held through three innings until the top of the fourth where Wildcat Mallory Peyton hit a two-run home run to take a lead. Later in the same inning, then Autumn Humes doubled to left center allowing Renee Abernathy to score, putting the Wildcats up 3-1.

The Wildcats struck again in the sixth inning when a single to the left-center field from Renee Abernathy saw an RBI extend the Wildcats lead to 4-1.

In the bottom of the inning, the Redbirds failed to take advantage of a Kentucky error as Kentucky held them scoreless throughout the rest of the game.

The Wildcats put away any chance of a comeback in the top of the seventh when a three-run home run from Alex Martens saw them up 7-1, putting the game out of reach for the Redbirds.

BSU 4, ISU 0

Boise State got their revenge for a shootout loss Friday with a 4-0 win over the Redbirds.

The Redbirds held the Boise State bats to four runs but failed to muster any offense throughout the seven innings played.

Boise State did all the damage they needed with a three-run home run from Karlee Johnson in the second inning to put them in the lead 3-0.

Boise State added another run in the sixth inning, but the Redbird bats could not bring runners around despite eight base hits.

Friday

ISU 12, BSU 8

The Redbirds opened the weekend with a shootout 12-8 victory over the Boise State Broncos.

ISU’s bats were hot as they brought around a run in every trip to the plate including a three-run sixth inning that gave the Redbirds insurance.

BSU was led by Kelsey Lalor’s 2-for-2 three RBI night.

No. 23 ASU 3, ISU 0

After a strong opening showing, the Redbird bats fell cold generating five hits in 3-0 showing against No. 23 Arizona State. 

ASU scored off a sacrifice fly in the first and homered in the third to finish their scoring.

Freshman pitcher Hannah Ross (0-1) started the game for the Redbirds. She had three strikeouts in three innings with three earned runs before being relieved by Leonard.

Unable to take a winning weekend, the Illinois State University softball team catches fire late in 11-5 win over Detroit Mercy. After the weekend the Redbirds’ record improves to 3-7 on the season.

Sunday

ISU 11, DM 5

The Redbirds won their final weekend game in the Arizona State Littlewood Classic against Detroit Mercy 11-5.

Mercy struck quickly in the first inning with home runs from Resse Ruhlman and Taryn Peru putting them up 2-0 in the bottom of the first.

Their lead only grew in the second inning when Mercy’s Ellie Boteler hit a solo home run. Shortly after, an error from the Redbirds saw Liz Paver score with the score being 4-0. After the error, a single from McKenna Tanguay saw Jordan Hazel score, furthering the Mercy lead to 5-0.

Then at the top of the third the Redbirds’ offense started to cut down the Mercy lead. Runs from Rebecca Moffett and Mack Leonard cut the Mercy deficit to only three runs.

The Redbirds’ bats then caught fire in the top of the fifth, with Moffett once again scoring off a Leonard double. Shortly after the Moffett run, Emme Olson hit a three-run home run putting the Redbirds in front. In addition, Alyssa Wiebel hit another home run scoring another two. Finally, a Leonard double saw Andrea Coursey and Brittni LaFountaine score bringing the Redbirds to a total of eight runs scored in the fifth inning and bringing the score to 10-5.

The Redbirds finished up the game scoring one more in the seventh inning. An Olson base hit saw Leonard score once again bringing the lead up to 11-5

Saturday

No. 10 KU 7, ISU 1

The Redbirds lost 7-1 to the Kentucky Wildcats as the Redbirds could not get their bats hot. 

The Redbirds jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, thanks to a Leonard home run.

The lead was held through three innings until the top of the fourth where Wildcat Mallory Peyton hit a two-run home run to take a lead. Later in the same inning, then Autumn Humes doubled to left center allowing Renee Abernathy to score, putting the Wildcats up 3-1.

The Wildcats struck again in the sixth inning when a single to the left-center field from Renee Abernathy saw an RBI extend the Wildcats lead to 4-1.

In the bottom of the inning, the Redbirds failed to take advantage of a Kentucky error as Kentucky held them scoreless throughout the rest of the game.

The Wildcats put away any chance of a comeback in the top of the seventh when a three-run home run from Alex Martens saw them up 7-1, putting the game out of reach for the Redbirds.

BSU 4, ISU 0

Boise State got their revenge for a shootout loss Friday with a 4-0 win over the Redbirds.

The Redbirds held the Boise State bats to four runs but failed to muster any offense throughout the seven innings played.

Boise State did all the damage they needed with a three-run home run from Karlee Johnson in the second inning to put them in the lead 3-0.

Boise State added another run in the sixth inning, but the Redbird bats could not bring runners around despite eight base hits.

Friday

ISU 12, BSU 8

The Redbirds opened the weekend with a shootout 12-8 victory over the Boise State Broncos.

ISU’s bats were hot as they brought around a run in every trip to the plate including a three-run sixth inning that gave the Redbirds insurance.

BSU was led by Kelsey Lalor’s 2-for-2 three RBI night.

No. 23 ASU 3, ISU 0

After a strong opening showing, the Redbird bats fell cold generating five hits in 3-0 showing against No. 23 Arizona State. 

ASU scored off a sacrifice fly in the first and homered in the third to finish their scoring.

Freshman pitcher Hannah Ross (0-1) started the game for the Redbirds. She had three strikeouts in three innings with three earned runs before being relieved by Leonard.

KEN KANNON is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at kjkanoo@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at 


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