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March 11, 2014

METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball splits pair in Florida

WINTER HAVEN, FLA. — Pitching dominated Tuesday’s opening day of play in the Rebel Spring Games for the Indiana State softball team, which defeated Bucknell 2-0 before falling 2-0 to Creighton.

“The girls did a great job in the first game getting a couple runs,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “We leaned on [sophomore] Yvette Alvarez who pitched really well. We probably got as much as we could out of her and probably should have changed earlier so put that on me. We have a couple little things we can clean up and get a little better and we will be ready to go tomorrow.”

In Game 1 against Bucknell, the Sycamores scored early and never looked back behind a shutout by Alvarez.

Bucknell threatened in the top of the first with runners at second and third base before an Alvarez strikeout ended the inning.

In the bottom of the second, the Sycamore offense got going as freshman Rylee Holland hit a two out single and stole second base. Sophomore Kelsey Montgomery then singled to score Holland and give the Sycamores a 1-0 lead.

Junior Aubre Carpenter then kept the inning going for the Sycamores with a single to score Montgomery and extend the Sycamores’ lead to 2-0.

That was all the Sycamores would need as Alvarez allowed just one hit for the remainder of the game and the Sycamores went on to defeat Bucknell (4-10).

Holland finished 1 for 1 with a sacrifice, stolen base and run scored, while Montgomery was 1 for 2 with an RBI and run scored. Alvarez pitched a complete game, seven innings, allowing just four hits and struck out four Bucknell batters.

Against former Missouri Valley Conference rival Creighton, it was another pitchers’ duel that ended with the Bluejays on top.

Creighton threatened in the bottom of the first, getting runners to second and third, but an Alvarez strikeout ended the inning.

In the top of the third, sophomore Kassie Brown singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice by junior Aubre Carpenter and advanced to third on a stolen base. The Sycamores could not drive in a run, however, as a strikeout and groundout ended the inning.

Senior Morgan Allee finished 1 for 2 with a stolen base, while Brown was 1 for 3 with a stolen base. Alvarez pitched 5 2/3 innings in her second game of the day, allowing five hits and two runs. For the day, Alvarez pitched 12 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits with eight strikeouts.

The Sycamores (12-7) will return to action today when they face Utah Valley and St. Peter’s in the Rebel Spring Games.


• Engineers honored — The Rose-Hulman men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams earned All-Academic honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, according to results released Tuesday.

The men’s team combined for a 3.38 team grade-point average to rank 15th nationally in NCAA Division III. The women’s squad also ranked among the national leaders with a 3.09 GPA.

Individual swimmers Ellie Hong and Orion Martin will represent the Engineers at the NCAA Division III  championships in Indianapolis, starting March 19.


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