AMES, Iowa —
The Indiana State softball team kicked off its spring season with a 6-2 win over South Dakota State before falling to host Iowa State 4-3 in the Cyclone Invitational played Saturday inside the Bergstrom Indoor Training Facility.
In Game 1, the Sycamores fell behind early as the Jackrabbits scored in the top of the first inning and again in the top of the third to take a 2-0 lead.
ISU tied the score in the bottom of the third as senior Morgan Allee hit a two-out double and senior Shelby Wilson crushed a ball over the left-center-field wall for a two-run homer.
The very next inning, sophomore Alexa Cavin singled and came around to score on a single by sophomore Kelsey Montgomery, giving the Sycamores a 3-2 advantage.
In the bottom of the fifth, Indiana State broke the game open, scoring one run off a Cavin RBI single and two more on Iowa State wild pitches to go ahead 6-2.
Wilson finished 1 for 3 with two RBIs, while Cavin was 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
In the loss to Iowa State, neither team’s offense was able to put anything on the scoreboard early.
The Sycamores, however, broke through first in the top of the third inning when freshman Kassie Brown singled, advanced to second on an error and advanced to third on a passed ball. Freshman Rylee Holland, Wilson and junior Megan Stone walked to score Brown and give ISU a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Cyclones answered with a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead.
The Sycamores did not go down quietly, however, as they responded with two runs of their own. Freshman Erika Crissman led off the fifth with a single to shortstop. After a fielder’s choice by Montgomery, Brown advanced Montgomery to second on a sacrifice bunt. Holland then singled to score Montgomery before Allee hit a ground-rule double to score Holland and make it 3-2 in Indiana State’s favor.
But the Cyclones answered with back-to-back leadoff home runs in the fifth and sixth to retake the lead for good at 4-3.
ISU junior Aubre Carpenter finished the game 2 for 4 and Holland was 1 for 3 with an RBI and run scored.
The Sycamores will wrap up play in the Cyclone Invitational today with games against Iowa State and SDS.
• ISU wraps up Day 2 — At South Bend, Indiana State wrapped up the second day of competition at the Meyo Invitational on Saturday with a near school record by sophomore John Mascari.
“I would’ve liked things to have gone better this weekend,” said ISU men’s coach John McNichols. “We came here to be in some great races and in the end the athletes have to make that happen. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to do that today, but we did have a great performance from Tristan Selby [Friday night] in the 5,000-meter run.”
Mascari ran the third-fastest 3,000 in school history (8:08.82) to place fourth overall in the Ryan Shay 3,000-meter race. Junior Taylor Head placed second overall in the earlier section of the 3,000 as he ran 8:37.12.
In the 800, ISU freshman Tony Rigoni placed third in his heat in a time of 1:55.87. Junior Ryan Dickson finished third in his heat of the 400 at 50.51. Dickson followed that race with a fifth-place finish in the 200 in 22.96.
The Sycamores will head to Indiana University next weekend for the Hoosier Hills Invitational.
• Engineers fare well — At Ada, Ohio, Rose-Hulman snapped two school records and the men’s squad finished second in the Joe Banks Indoor Invitational at Ohio Northern University on Saturday afternoon.
One men’s and one women’s school record fell in a meet that included 13 top-three finishes between the two squads.
Senior Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery smashed the women’s 3,000-meter school record with a performance that included lapping the entire field. She ran the first sub-10-minute 3,000 indoor run in school history with a mark of 9:59.38. The mark also ranks No. 10 nationally in NCAA Division III.
Senior Nathan Catt paced the men’s squad with a school-record performance in the 1,000. Catt completed the five laps in a time of 2:32.04.
Junior Blake Schulthies added another running event victory by claiming the 60 high hurdles title in a time of 8.63 seconds.
Freshman Charles Spaeth led the field events and paced a 1-3-4 finish in the men’s shot put with a mark of 47 feet, 3 3/4 inches.
Regional power Ohio Northern won the men’s meet, with Rose-Hulman finishing second. The Engineers will travel to the DePauw Invitational next weekend.
• Gould wins — At Bloomington, Ill., Rose-Hulman sophomore Sam Gould capped the second day of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships with a first-place finish in the men’s 3-meter competition to lead the Engineers on Saturday.
Gould, a graduate of South Putnam High School, scored 407.7 points to capture the 3-meter event and earn the Engineers’ lone conference championship, a day after his second-place finish in the 1-meter (367.15 points) event Friday.
Teammate Josh Maurer was next on the podium with a second-place finish in the 3-meter event, scoring 372 points. Maurer was third (334.80) in Friday’s 1-meter event.
On the women’s side, Rose sophomore Regen Foote added a second-place finish in the 1-meter event with 353.95 points. Foote placed second in Friday’s 3-meter event with 332.30 points.
Gould, Mauer and Foote earned all-conference honors by finishing in the top three in their respective events.