BOWLING GREEN, Ky. —
Indiana State improved its college softball winning streak to six games Friday by beating Wright State 4-3 and IUPUI 3-2 on the opening day of the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic.
“It was a game of fastpitch softball where the pitchers controlled the game and we did enough offensively to score runs to win games,” coach Shane Bouman said afterward, “and that’s what we want to do. We want to pitch, play defense and find a way to scrap out a couple runs. When you can win games when you’re not playing really, really well, its good. Good day to get two and back at it tomorrow.”
After taking an early 2-0 lead, ISU had to rally in the top of the seventh for the win in the first game.
Singles by Kassie Brown and Erika Crissman and a Rylee Holland sacrifice put runners at second and third, and a hit by Morgan Allee and a wild pitch gave ISU the tying and go-ahead runs.
Crissman tripled in the first inning and scored on Holland’s sacrifice fly, and hits by Allee, Shelby Wilson and Brooke Reimenschneider produced another run in the fourth.
Yvette Alvarez got her first save with a one-two-three bottom of the seventh, and Crissman was 3 for 3 with a double and triple.
Two errors and a hit by Reimenschneider gave ISU two early runs in the second game and an error, a bunt single by Kelsey Montgomery and a run-scoring grounder by Crissman made it 3-0. Alvarez pitched a complete game and Montgomery was 2 for 2.
Now 7-3, ISU plays Green Bay and host Western Kentucky today.
• No golf for Sycamores — The Indiana State women’s golf team was set to begin the spring portion of its 2013-2014 season next week at the Time Warner Racer Classic in Murray, Ky., but the Sycamores will not be competing after all.
ISU coach Greg Towne said that tournament directors decided that due to the incoming weather system the tournament would be moved to a one-day competition today instead of the Monday-Tuesday format that it was originally scheduled for.
“We decided to pass on the tournament when they changed it to Saturday,” Towne said. “Of course we are eager to get out and compete.”
The Indiana State golfers have been working hard since their last competition in the fall, but most of that work has come indoors.
“Winter workouts have gotten much better with the addition of our new facility,” Towne said. “We now can work on our putting and short game inside which we were not able to do in our prior setting.”
Towne believes the new facility will create a more competitive team this spring and into the future.
“I am certain we will putt much better this spring that in prior years because of the opportunity provided by this new facility,” Towne said. “We have also just begun a new mental training program which will give all the kids the tools they need to have a great life.”
Towne had hoped to see the success of the winter workouts next week but will now have to wait until the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate hosted by Tennessee Tech on March 17-18. The coach also said he will seek other competitions for his team to make up for the missed tournament.
• Engineers finish strong — Rose-Hulman relied on a school-record performance in the NCAA Division III National Qualifier to finish its 2014 season in the national top 25, according to rankings released Friday.
The Engineers ended up No. 22 nationally and No. 1 among all NCAA Division III rifle programs with their effort at Ohio State on Saturday. Rose-Hulman (8,982 rankings points) topped MIT (8,852) and Coast Guard Academy (8,843) for the top mark in Division III.
The effort at the NCAA Qualifier included a new school record tally of 4,515, including a school record mark of 2,282 air rifle points. The smallbore score just missed the existing school record by four points.
Junior Suzanne Eisenberger led the Engineers with a season-high score of 1,140, including a team-high 580 in air rifle. She also tied the school record in air rifle with the performance.
Senior Evan Duvall came home second overall with a tally of 1,139. Duvall led the squad with a 567 smallbore score.
Senior Adam Foss was third among Engineers with a total of 1,122, and junior Allie Carlson rounded out those contributing to the overall team score with a mark of 1,114.