News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 14, 2013

Metro roundup: ISU softball shows power but falls to Creighton

Staff report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Three different Indiana State batters combined to hit four home runs as the Sycamores’ softball team fell in both games of a doubleheader to Creighton on Saturday at Price Field.

In the first game, the Sycamores struck first in the bottom of the first inning but could not rally behind freshman Halle Humphrey’s complete game as the Sycamores lost, 3-1.

Junior Shelby Wilson gave the Sycamores an early lead as she hit a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the first to give the Sycamores a 1-0 lead.

The Bluejays battled back in the top of the third when Creighton sophomore Bri Lingl hit a bases-loaded deep flyball to center field that was misplayed by the Sycamore center fielder, allowing three unearned runs to score, giving the Bluejays a 3-1 advantage.

The Sycamores threatened in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore Ashley Dickerson hit a one-out double to right center before a walk by freshman Kelsey Montgomery. Both runners advanced on a groundout by junior Morgan Allee before a groundout ended the inning.

But the Sycamores could get no closer.

Humphrey pitched seven innings, allowing just six hits with no earned runs while striking out four. Wilson finished the game 2 for 2 with an RBI and run scored, while Dickerson was 1 for 3 with a double.

In Game 2, the Bluejays took an early lead and never looked back as they went on to sweep the Sycamores with a 16-5 win.

Creighton wasted no time in taking a lead as it scored five runs off five hits in the top of the first inning. The visitors added one more run with a solo home run to lead off the top of the second to make it 6-0.


• ISU’s Johnson sets another record — At Knoxville, Tenn., Indiana State thrower Felisha Johnson broke the Sycamore record in the shot put in winning the event and also finished as the top collegian in the discus invitational on the final day of the 2013 Sea Ray Relays hosted by the University of Tennessee.

The senior, who also finished second in the hammer throw on Thursday, received the Tony Wilson Memorial Award for being the Most Outstanding Women’s Field Athlete of the Meet.

Johnson set the ISU record in the outdoor shot put a year ago at 56 feet, 111⁄4 inches and blew past that mark on three of her six attempts in the Sea Ray Relays. Her best toss came on her fifth throw when she posted a distance of 59-43⁄4. The mark moves the Sycamore into second in the nation behind Oklahoma’s Tia Brooks (61-5 1/2). Purdue’s Dani Bunch was a distance second in the event Saturday with a distance of 52-10.

The senior finished as the top collegian in the women’s discus throw with a season-best distance of 172-6, while fellow Sycamore Mary Theisen also posted a season best of 168-0 to place fourth (third collegian). Former Tennessee athlete Annie Alexander competed unattached and won the event with a distance of 173-5.

Brandon Pounds finished third in the men’s discus throw invitational with a season-best distance of 170-7.

Both of Indiana State’s 4x100-meter relay teams placed second on the day and both ran season-best times and times that rank among the 10 best in school history.

Kaisha Martin, Macey Black, Demetra Camble, and Katie Wise combined for the women to finish in 46.08 seconds which ranks seventh on ISU’s all-time list. The Sycamores finished just behind Connecticut (45.82) and ahead of Western Michigan (46.41).

Keith Housley, Greggmar Swift, Justin Baxtron, and Shaun Smith combined for the men to finish in 40.81, which ranks ninth on Indiana State’s all-time list. The top three times were within two-tenths of a second with Kennesaw State taking the win (40.76) and Southeast Missouri third (40.97).

The ISU men’s distance medley relay team of Corey Hahn, Arqeil Shaw, Brad Adams, and Dustin Betz finished fourth in 10:03.65, which is the third-fastest time in school history. Wisconsin won the relay in 9:50.68.

Macey Black, Shelby Higginbottom, Leeann Michl and Stacia Weatherford combined to run 3:41.82, just off their season-best effort, to finish sixth in the women’s 4x400 relay.

 On the men’s side, Kevin Piraino, Jonathan Jackson, Max Tuttle and Ryan Dickson combined to run 3:15.09 and finish 12th in the men’s 4x400 relay.

Katie Wise competed in the finals of the 100 after running the fifth-fastest time in school history (11.73) during Friday’s first round. Wise was close to that mark Saturday, finishing fourth in the finals in 11.87. Tennessee’s Kia Jackson won the event (11.56).

ISU’s Shaun Smith finished fifth in Saturday’s 100-meter final with a time of 10.72. East Tennessee State’s Ifrish Alberg was the race winner (10.42).


• Leaders shoot 68 — At Rea Park, play winds up in a two-man best-ball event today.

Tom Bekkering and Scott Hess shot 68 in the first round on Saturday and have a one-shot lead over Travis Turpen and Bubba Atkinson. Two other teams are three shots back of the leaders.

Today’s tee times

Gold tees

8:30 a.m. -- Simonson-Solomon 81, Tackett-Stark 77.

8:38 -- Haller-Chirhart 77, Treirweiler-King 76.

8:46 -- Bosc-Snodgrass 74, Horrall-Stockberger 74.

8:54 -- Amies-Jenkins 70, Griffin-Fossi 63.

First flight

9:02 -- Anderson-Adamson 75, McCrea-Huffman 84.

9:10 -- McFadden-Greven 81, Hicks-Hicks 81.

9:18 -- Payne-Payne 80, Reynolds-Doan 80.

9:26 -- Mundy-Mundy 78, Vitaniemi-Ball 78.

9:34 -- Miley-Neiman 77, Hughes-Duell 76.

9:42 -- Givens-Wampler 76, Payne-Payne 75.

Championship flight

9:50 -- Hughes-McDonald 74, Kaperak-Bocard 74.

9:58 -- Keith-Weber 74, Evans-Evitts 73.

10:06 -- Bird-Stuck 73, Shouse-Johnson 72.

10:18 -- Keen-Jones 71, Horrall-Evans 71.

10:26 -- Atkinson-Turpen 69, Bekkering-Hess 68.