After dropping a 7-6 heartbreaker to open Missouri Valley Conference play, the Indiana State softball team battled back to post a 11-5 victory in Game 2 to come up with a doubleheader split against the host Purple Aces on Saturday.
In first inning of the the first game, the Aces scored four runs off three hits to take an early lead.
The Sycamores began clawing their way back in the top of the second as freshman Brooke Riemenschneider hit her second career home run, clearing the left-field wall to cut the Evansville lead to 4-1.
In the top of the third, Megan Stone hit a sacrifice fly to score freshman Erika Crissman, who led off the inning with a single to cut the deficit to 4-2.
Evansville answered in the bottom of the third and fourth inning, scoring one run in each frame to extend their lead to 4-2.
Stone brought Indiana State back in the top of the fifth as she crushed a ball over the left-field wall for her first career grand slam to tie the score at 6-6.
In the top of the seventh, ISU loaded the bases with no outs, but the Purple Aces got out of it before scoring the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
Stone finished 1 for 2 with a grand slam and five RBIs, while Riemenschneider was 2 for 4 with the homer.
In Game 2, the Sycamores jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.
They got on the board in the top of the second inning, scoring four runs off four hits to take a 4-0 lead.
Evansville added a run of their own in the bottom of the second before Indiana State batted around for the second consecutive inning in the top of the third, scoring three runs to take a 7-1 advantage.
The Sycamores added to their lead in the fifth inning, thanks to Stone’s second home run of the day, this time a three-run shot over the left-field wall to make it 10-1.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, the Aces hit a three-run homer before adding a fourth to keep the game going.
ISU added one more in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Abbie Malchow to provide its final 11-5 lead.
Stone was 2 for 4 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored, while sophomore Kelsey Montgomery was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
For the day, Stone finished with eight RBIs and the Sycamores as a team stole 12 bases to increase their season total to 60.
The series finale will take place at 1 p.m. EDT today at Evansville.
• Rose-Hulman 5, Alma College 4 — At Art Nehf Field, Rose-Hulman scored three times in the third inning and once in the seventh to turn a 3-1 deficit into a Rose-Hulman Invitational victory Saturday afternoon.
Senior Hank Akard finished 4 for 4 at the plate with three stolen bases to lead the Engineers’ offensive attack. Akard scored twice, had one RBI and had a steal of home.
Sophomore Kody Alayon and sophomore Caleb Kissel contributed two hits each to the nine-hit attack. Alayon had one double, one single and scored twice, while Kissel had a two-run single and scored one run.
Sophomore Daniel Sutherland picked up the pitching victory with 21⁄3 innings of scoreless relief.
Rose-Hulman improved to 5-4 on the season, while Alma dropped to 6-3. Due to projected cold weather, today’s games of the Rose-Hulman Invitational have been cancelled.