News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 26, 2013

Indiana State loses 2 in MVC softball

Craig Pearson
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State aspired to upset Illinois State to get at least a doubleheader split in Missouri Valley Conference softball Thursday at Price Field as the Sycamores opened an eight-game season-ending homestand.

Paige Schreiner hit a two-run blast over the left-field fence in the fifth inning and junior Shelby Wilson delivered a sizzling RBI triple down the right-field line in the sixth as ISU ended the day playing well against the league’s highest-scoring offense.

The result was still a 5-3 loss to the Redbirds (26-18, 11-6 Missouri Valley Conference) as freshman Halle Humphrey gave up four runs in the first two innings. Humphrey, called upon to pitch the opener as well — she’s the only full-time pitcher remaining on the team — gave up six runs and eight hits as the Sycamores dropped a 6-1 game to start the day.

Wilson, who’s hitting a team-high .375 on the season after collecting three hits Thursday, said the Sycamores can do better.

“We need to compete a little bit harder than what we are. They were a great team but we could have competed a little bit better than we did,” Wilson said.

The Sycamores have now lost 10 straight games, and they’ll look to end the slide this weekend against Evansville.

“We’re definitely better than last year. I think there’s been a lot of improvements. We’ve just got to come out and show that,” Wilson said.

The Sycamores made two errors on the day and were outhit just 14-10 by the Redbirds.

Coach Shane Bouman rotated Ashli Scott and Stephanie Fougerousse with Humphrey earlier this season, but the freshman right-hander is the only one remaining on the roster.

Opponents have hit .324 against Sycamore pitchers which has resulted in a 5.41 team ERA. Humphrey fell to 4-15 on the season.

“Learning how to pitch in this conference is a big deal,” Bouman said. “We’ve asked a lot of her lately. The big thing today is she got stronger as the day went. It’s a big confidence thing to throw so well the second game. That’s one of the best hitting lineups in the conference. That was definitely big for her going into this weekend.”

Humphrey scattered just two hits in the last four innings Thursday — Laura Canopy’s ninth home run of the season and a single by Brittny Drish — to give the Sycamores a chance to rally.

But after Wilson’s RBI triple, Megan Stone popped out on the first pitch with nobody out and Wilson was thrown out trying to score on a shallow fly ball to right field off the bat of catcher Alex Lucas.

Humphrey hopes to build off her strong finish.

“The last couple games it’s been really hard to get my stamina up for each game. They get to know me the second game, but today I actually had my stuff [late in the day],” Humphrey said. “I’m figuring out I have to have a good mindset and stay strong mentally.”

Illinois State 6, Indiana State 1

ILLINOIS STATE (AB-R-H-RBI) — Hamilton lf 3-2-1-1, Kellar cf 3-1-1-0, Canopy 1b 2-2-1-0, Kay c 3-0-2-1, Harrison rf 4-0-2-2, Music dp 2-0-0-0, Gallant ph 1-0-0-1, Bradley 3b 3-0-0-0, Turczyn ph 1-0-0-0, Drish ss 3-1-1-1, Hoffman 2b 3-0-0-0. Totals 28-6-8-6.

INDIANA STATE (AB-R-H-RBI) — Allee ss 3-0-0-1, Montgomery lf 3-0-1-0, Wilson 2B 3-0-1-0, Stone 1B 3-0-1-0, Lucas c 3-0-0-0, Grindle pr 0-0-0-0, Malchow 3b 3-0-0-0, Dickerson 2b 0-0-0-0, Myers rf 2-1-1-0, Bunting cf 1-0-0-0, Connelly 3-0-1-0, Cavin dp 1-0-0-0. Totals 25-1-5-1.

Illinois State    103    110    0    —    6    8    0

Indiana State    000    010    0    —    1    5    1

E — Malchow (3). LOB — ILS 9, ISU 5. 2B — Harrison (2). HR — Hamilton (6), Drish (3). SH — Cavin (13). SF — Kay (1). CS — Hoffman (1), Cavin (4).

Illinois State

    IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO

Baxter (W, 14-6)    7    5    1    1    1    0

Indiana State

    IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO

Humphrey     (L, 4-14) 7    8    6    6    6    4

HBP — By Humphrey (Hamilton). T — 2:00. A — 128.

Illinois State 5, Indiana State 3

INDIANA STATE (AB-R-H-RBI) — Allee ss 3-0-1-0, Montgomery lf 2-1-1-0, Wilson 3b  3-0-2-1, Stone 1b 3-0-0-0, Lucas c 2-0-0-0, Connelly rf 2-1-0-0, Schreiner lf 3-1-1-2, Dickerson 2b 2-0-0-0, Myers ph 1-0-0-0, Cavin dp 2-0-0-0. Totals 23-3-5-3.

ILLINOIS STATE (AB-R-H-RBI) — Hamilton lf 4-0-1-1, Kellar cf 3-1-1-0, Canopy 1b 1-1-1-1, Kay c 3-1-0-0, Harrison rf 3-0-1-1, Music dp 3-0-0-0, Drish ss 2-1-2-0, Knary pr 0-0-0-0, Romshek p-dp 3-1-0-0, Greene pr 0-0-0-0, Hoffman 2b 2-0-0-0, Bradley 3b 0-0-0-0. Totals 24-5-6-3.

Indiana State    000    021    0    —    3    5    1

Illinois State    220    010    x    —    5    6    0

E — Dickerson (7). LOB — ISU 2, ILS 5. 3B — Wilson (1), Hamilton (1). HR — Schreiner (1), Canopy (9). SH — Montghomery (5), Hoffman (3). SB — Connelly (3).

Indiana State

    IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO

Humphrey (L, 4-15)

Illinois State

    IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO

Romshek (W, 10-9)    5.1    5    3    3    2    4

Perez (S, 6)        1.2    0    0    0    0    2

T — 1:42. A — 128.

Next — Indiana State (14-33, 3-18 MVC) plays host to Evansville on Saturday at noon and 2 p.m. Illinois State (26-18, 11-6 MVC) plays Saturday at home against Northern Iowa.