The Indiana State softball team concluded its tournament in Memphis this past weekend. ISU finished 3-2, and are now 11-12 on the season.
In the first game of the tournament, the Sycamores squared off against the Memphis Tigers. Indiana State’s offense came through with 15 hits and three home runs en route to a 13-5 victory.
Junior infielder/catcher Amanda Guercio (4-4, four runs batted in, two runs scored, and a two-run home run), sophomore catcher Annie Tokarek (3-4, three runs scored, double, and a home run), and senior infielder Mallory Marsicek (2-4, six runs batted in, one run scored, double, and a grand slam) were the offensive leaders for the Sycamores. Furthermore, ISU scored in every inning except for the sixth.
On the pitching side, junior Arielle Blankenship secured her second win of the season. Blankenship pitched 4.0 innings, allowing only one run, and snagged two strike-outs.
During an interview in the GoSycamores edition of 200 feet, ISU junior pitcher Peyton Ottersbach shared her excitement about the team and the rest of the season.
“I’m excited to come back and prove people wrong. Show them that we are good, and we’re going to make a statement in the MVC this year,” Ottersbach said.
The second game of the Memphis tournament was against Belmont. ISU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but a five-run third, and a six-run sixth powered Belmont to a 13-5 victory.
Marsicek continued her hot stretch, batting in four runs on a two-run double, and a two-run triple.
Freshman pitcher Lexi Benko was charged with the loss, allowing nine runs in 3.2 innings of work.
Youngstown State University was the third opponent for ISU, and this was the closet game of the tournament. The Penguins won 4-3 on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh.
A home run by junior catcher Amanda Guercio tied the game at three in the third inning, and it stayed tied until the seventh. However, ISU could not capitalize on a bases-loaded opportunity in the top of the seventh.
Junior pitcher Abbey Kruzel pitched 6.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits, but struck out five. She took the loss, putting her record at 2-3 on the season.
ISU played Butler in the fourth game of the tournament. Butler was leading 5-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh. The Sycamores rallied, and Tokarek crushed a walk-off grand slam to call game, and propelled the Sycamores to a 9-5 victory.
Blankenship earned the win after recording one out in the top of the seventh.
ISU concluded the Memphis tournament with a dominating 7-1 victory over Western Carolina.
Blankenship (4-3) picked up her third win of the tournament after a complete game performance. She gave up one run on four hits, but struck out four.
On the offensive side, senior infielder Leslie Sims, junior outfielder Bella Peterson, and senior outfielder Becky Gibbs batted in four runs combined. Moreover, Tokarek blasted a solo home run, her eighth of the season.
Sycamore softball comes out of this tournament confident as they head into their first conference series against Drake this weekend.