The Illinois State University softball team wrapped up its final day of the USF-Rawlings Invitation dropping both games to Fresno State (3-0) and Georgia State (10-2) in six innings moving to 1-4 on the season.
Fresno State 3, ISU 0
Junior Morgan Day took the mound again for the Redbirds, matching her career-high 12 strikeout mark, making it the third consecutive game the right-handed pitcher has fanned 12 batters, dating back to last season.
Day fanned five of the first seven batters she faced through the first two innings. Fresno State jumped on the board first with a two-out RBI triple to right-center field for a 1-0 lead in the fourth, before adding an insurance run in the fifth.
The Bulldogs extended their lead with a lead-off home run in the sixth.
Illinois State threatened in the bottom of the seventh, as Alyssa Wiebel and Brittni LaFountaine tallied back-to-back hits, but Fresno State held on to take the game, 3-0. Mack Leonard turned in her third multi-hit game of the season, registering the first hit for either team in the first inning.
Georgia State 10, ISU 2
Leonard's bat stayed hot, as the sophomore launched a lead-off home run in the top of the first — her second long ball of the weekend.
Georgia State responded in the first, third and fourth innings, taking an 8-1 lead at the mid-way point of the game.
A triple by Leonard in the fifth, followed by a double by Emme Olson, helped the Redbirds cut into the Panthers' lead, but Georgia State scratched two more across in the sixth to take the game 10-2.
MU 5, ISU 4
Illinois State came up with four hits against the Wolverines. Michigan’s second baseman Morgan Overaitis drew a walk and recorded two hits.
Wolverine pitchers Meghan Beaubien and Alex Storako combined for 15 strikeouts.
In the first, Overaitis singled and brought in left fielder Lexie Blair to make it 1-0 Michigan. Michigan would score again off a wild pitch in the second inning to make it 2-0.
Redbird center fielder Wiebel homered in the second to make the score 2-1 in favor of Michigan. Michigan scored on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly in the third to make it 4-1.
Illinois State tied the score in the third. Anni Borries homered. After that, shortstop Rebecca Moffett singled to bring in Kaili Chval. Wiebel would finally reach home on a chaotic fielder’s choice situation.
Michigan’s second baseman Julia Jimenez doubled to record the game-winning RBI in the top of the fifth.
Florida 4, ISU 1
Illinois State’s lone run came off a double from Wiebel that drove in Leonard. Leonard finished 2-3 with a double and Wiebel went 1-3 with the double.
The Redbirds used Amanda Fox (1.2 IP, 4 ER), Leonard (3.1 IP, 0ER), and Hannah Ross (1 IP, 0 ER) as pitchers.
ISU 9, USF 3
Illinois State softball kicked off its season today in Tampa, Florida, with a 9-3 win over the University of South Florida.
The Redbirds were led by Day who had herself a day. Day pitched a complete game allowing only three runs and striking out 10 in the season debut.
Pitching played an important role early in the game as USF scored three in the third. While the Bulls were threatening with runners in scoring position Day was able to hold her composer and get out of the jam by striking out the side and limiting the damage.
Meanwhile, the Redbird bats were heating up in the second inning as they exploded for four runs. ISU would not stop there as they added a run in the third and four more in the seventh to capture a 9-3 lead.
After the fourth inning, it was all Redbirds.
Offensive leaders included Leonard (sophomore) with four RBI’s and Wiebel (junior), Andrea Coursey (sophomore) and Kadi Borries (junior) with one each.