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.
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.