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March 19, 2014

Metro sports: Alvarez helps ISU softball gain home sweep

TERRE HAUTE — Junior Yvette Alvarez pitched a complete-game win in the opener and hit her first career home run in the second game to lead the Indiana State softball team to a doubleheader sweep in its home opener Wednesday at Price Field.

The Sycamores took down Southeast Missouri State by scores of 3-2 and 2-0.

“The key is that we are learning how to win games,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “Our pitchers threw well today, held them under three runs and in the second game when they got zero, you’re going to win a lot of games and that’s what we are really trying to do. We moved the ball and got key hits. It was two good softball games, honestly.”

In the first game, the Sycamores improved to 11-0 for the season when scoring in the first inning as they plated two runs to take the early lead.

With two outs, senior Morgan Allee hit single up the middle and stole second base. Freshman Brooke Riemenschneider delivered the RBI single, and Megan Stone drove home freshman pinch runner Leah Salmon with another single.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Redhawks answered the Sycamores call as they hit back-to-back solo home runs to tie the game 2-2.

Alvarez, who improved to 9-5 in the pitching circle, helped the Sycamores reply quickly, connecting for a one-out double and Kelsey Montgomery drove home the go-ahead run with a two-out single.

Halley Humphrey and Taylor Lockwood continued ISU’s strong pitching on the day, combining for the shutout.

Alvarez helped ISU to another early lead, smashing her first home run in an ISU uniform.

Lockwood allowed just two hits in the final five innings, striking out six to improve to 6-3 on the season.

The Sycamores improved to 16-9, matching their win total from 2013, just 25 games into the 2014 season.

Indiana State will play host to Wichita State on Friday in a single game at 3 p.m. at Price Field before playing a normally scheduled doubleheader Saturday at noon and 2 p.m.

Swimming

• Engineers compete — At Indianapolis, Rose-Hulman freshman Ellie Hong and sophomore Orion Martin opened the NCAA Division III championships by competing in the 50-yard freestyle in the IUPUI Natatorium.

Hong came home 39th overall in the women’s 50 freestyle preliminaries with a time of 24.65 seconds. Martin added a 49th place in the men’s 50 freestyle in 21.47 seconds.

Martin qualified for the national championships based on his 100 butterfly time of 48.92. The mark ranks No. 9 nationally entering this week’s event.

Hong earned a spot in the meet based on two qualifying performances. She ranks No. 9 nationally in the 200 backstroke (2:01.39) and is 20th in the 100 backstroke (56.79).

Martin will compete in the 100 butterfly today and the 100 freestyle Saturday. Hong will compete in the 100 backstroke Friday and the 200 backstroke Saturday. Preliminary competition begins at 10 a.m. each day, with finals starting at 6 p.m.

Bodybuilding

• Boyce fares well — At Evansville, Clay County amateur bodybuilder Brian Boyce brought home two trophies Saturday from the 2014 Southern Indiana Muscle event as he prepares for the NPC Natural Indiana on April 12.

Boyce, 38, took third place in the open men’s welterweight division and fourth in novice middleweight. He competes as part of Team SETT in Indianapolis and is trained by International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness pro Jesse Dale.

The Southern Indiana Muscle, hosted at Evansville Bosse High School, was a national qualifier and Boyce’s scores qualified him to compete in national-level NPC events this year. The NPC Natural Indiana is a drug-tested event featuring athletes in bodybuilding, figure, physique and bikini competitions, set to take place at Beech Grove High School.

A former Tribune-Star news reporter, Boyce is a realtor with Emmert Realty and freelance writer who works out at the Clay County YMCA and at his own gym at his farm outside Clay City.

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