PEORIA — After falling in game one, Illinois State softball bounced back in game two, defeating Bradley and splitting the doubleheader between the conference opponents Tuesday, moving ISU's record to 19-21 on the season.
Game 1 | BU 4, ISU 3
In game one, the Redbirds were unable to hold on to their late lead, falling 4-3 to the Braves.
It did not take long for ISU to respond as in the top of the fourth, Emme Olson hit a lead-off triple, her second hit of the game. Jayden Standish immediately followed that up with a sacrifice fly of her own to even the score.
Despite a two-out double from Abby Knight, the Redbirds were unable to salvage any more runs in the inning.
After a scoreless frame from each team, the Braves retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single from Grace French. A double play helped pitcher Hannah Ross get out of the rest of the inning unscathed.
Ross would go 6.2 innings for ISU on the bump, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out eight batters, a strong performance despite the loss.
Once again, the Redbirds immediately responded in the top of the sixth, taking their first lead of the game on a two-run home run from Standish to score Kaili Chval.
BU evened the score in the bottom of the sixth thanks to an Addie Welsh triple followed by a wild pitch by Ross.
A 1-2-3 seventh inning for ISU set the Braves up with a chance for a walk-off, and they took advantage. A two-out double from French scored Camryn Monteer, closing out the win for BU in the first game of the doubleheader.
Game 2 | ISU 6, BU 1
ISU bounced back in game two in a big way, shutting down BU’s offense en route to a 6-1 victory to split the doubleheader.
After not leading until the sixth inning in game one, the Redbirds made sure to change that in game two, scoring two runs in the second inning on a two-run shot from Dayna Kennedy to take the lead for good early.
After an ISU error in the bottom of the second, the Braves took advantage with a sacrifice fly from Keeler van Breusegen, but that was all the offense they would muster in the game.
An RBI single from Knight and a two-run single from Kennedy helped the Redbirds pad their lead in the top of the third before they would close out the scoring in the top of the fourth on an RBI single from Standish.
Amanda Fox pitched the complete game for ISU, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out five.