The Indiana State softball team concluded its third tournament of the season in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Trees performed admirably, finishing the tournament 2-3.
On the season, the Sycamores stand at 5-9.
The first game of the Hilltopper Classic was one to forget.
ISU faced off against Ball State University. The Trees started off well, leading 2-0 after three innings.
However, Ball State exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning off two home runs (one grand slam) and a run-scoring double. Furthermore, they added two runs in the fifth inning with their third home run of the game.
ISU couldn’t score any additional runs after a bases-loaded chance in the bottom of the fifth, which resulted in the end of the game.
Junior outfielder Bella Peterson (3-3, one run batted in, one run scored) and senior infielder Leslie Sims (2-3 and one run) led the Sycamore offense. Senior pitcher Gabbi Schnaiter was charged with her third loss of the season.
The Sycamores second game of the tournament against Western Kentucky wasn’t much better. ISU was shutout in a 4-0 loss. They ended up with one hit by Leslie Sims, but the Sycamores struck out 10 times.
Junior pitcher Abbey Kruzel was charged with her second loss of the season after allowing two runs over two innings pitched.
After two consecutive losses to open the tournament, ISU bounced back with a 9-7 win against Green Bay.
Indiana State’s offense looked sharp, ending the game with nine hits, two doubles, and one home run.
Several Sycamores had standout offensive games. Bella Peterson (3-4, two runs batted in, one run), senior infielder Mallory Marsicek (blasted her second home run of the season), and sophomore infielder Lexie Siwek (two runs batted in) paced the Trees offensively.
Gabbi Schnaiter picked up her second win of the season, and junior Arielle Blankenship shut the door with her first save of the season after Green Bay’s rally in the seventh fell short.
In an interview with GoSycamores edition of 200 feet, Siwek shared her thoughts on how this year’s team chemistry has improved. “We’re all friends. We all click. You have a connection with everybody on the team in some way. Our team chemistry is getting better.”
ISU played Western Kentucky once again on Saturday night. The Sycamores got redemption, winning 7-5. The Trees offense took charge late after trailing due to defensive miscues. Freshman infielder Cassie Thomerson crushed her second home run of the season as ISU scored six runs in the final three innings.
Abbey Kruzel earned her second win of the season while freshman pitcher Lexi Benko secured her first save.
ISU lost the final game of the tournament to Ball State on a walk-off three-run home run.