Softball second base steal

Bradley freshman infielder Lucy Mead (left) and sophomore Vicki Zaluske (right) turn two while ISU senior Shannon Felde (bottom) slides in as the 'Birds split Tuesday's doubleheader in Peoria.

The Illinois State softball team traveled to Peoria Tuesday evening for a weekday doubleheader against I-74 rival Bradley.

The Redbirds would ultimately split the two games against their Missouri Valley Conference foe after winning the first game 8-1 before dropping the nightcap 9-1. ISU moves to 13-31 (7-9) on the season.

“First game, great ballgame,” ISU head coach Melinda Fischer said. “We generated offense, we scored runs. We shut their offense down. [Sophomore pitcher] Morgan Day pitched an awesome game. We played really good defense behind her, and the second game was the complete opposite. We couldn’t generate much offense, it really was like two opposites.”

Game One | ISU 8, Bradley 1

The Redbirds opened the day with an impressive win behind eight runs on 11 hits. ISU started the scoring early and often, supplying four runs in the first inning and three more in the second.

Senior Allison Spence drove in her second run of the game in the second with an RBI single before freshman center Ellie Weltha drove Spence in with a two-run bomb to make it 7-0.

Day (7-15) took the win on the mound, yielding just one run on three hits in seven innings. She struck out six and walked one.

Game Two | Bradley 9, ISU 1

Game two was not as nice to the ISU offense, as this time the Redbirds had difficulty scoring, while struggling to slow down the Bradley bats. Bradley scored five runs in the third inning on five hits to open the game up at 7-1.

Senior Ali Domkuski (4-6) took the loss for the 'Birds, surrendering six runs on six hits and lasting just 2 2/3 innings.

BLAINE LEWALLEN is the Senior Sports Reporter  for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @blainelew3 

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