softball

This upcoming weekend, the Indiana State University Sycamores softball team will travel to Peoria, Illinois to compete against the Bradley University Braves as part of a weekend triple-header series. The Sycamores are currently 16-29 on the season so far and are riding a two-game winning streak, with victories coming against the Valparaiso University Crusaders (9-1) and the University of Evansville Purple Aces (3-2). 

In their latest matchup against Evansville, junior infielder Leslie Sims recorded two stolen bases to push her season total to 29 swipes and her career total to 75 career stolen bases (fifth all-time in school history). Sims run in the first inning of the game also pushed her career runs scored to 101 (tying Sara Lemond for third all-time in school history). Senior catcher Brooke Mann’s walk in the fifth inning of the Evansville matchup moved her in a tie for third all-time in school history alongside Jessica McGivney (2004-2007) and Alexa Cavin (2013-2016). After their victory against Evansville, the Sycamores now have 75 stolen bases on the season, which is third all-time in school history. The single season school record for stolen bases is 100 stolen bases, which was recorded in 2013. 

For the Sycamores, Leslie Sims leads all batters in games played (45), games started (45), runs (42), hits (57), and at bats (147). Brooke Mann leads the team in RBIs and home runs with 30 and six on the season, respectively. Sophomore first base/catcher Amanda Guercio leads the team in putouts by a wide margin with 256. The next closest player is Brooke Mann with 156. Senior infielder Shaye Barton leads the team in assists with 79 on the season. On the pitching side of things, junior pitcher Gabbi Schnaiter leads all pitchers with nine wins and two shutouts on the season, respectively. Sophomore pitcher Arielle Blankenship leads all pitchers in saves on the season with two. 

The Sycamores will compete against the Braves this Saturday at 1 pm, this Saturday at 3 pm, and this Sunday at noon. All three games can be watched on ESPN+.