Accomplishing two of its three goals for the weekend was a bittersweet occasion for the Indiana State softball team Sunday, although the Sycamores still recorded their first winning season in the sport since 1992 and set a lot of records along the way.
Taylor Lockwood pitched a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory that gave ISU a series win at Southern Illinois, one of the team goals. In doing so, the Sycamores (27-26, 9-17 Missouri Valley Conference) achieved their winning record for a second goal, but were thwarted in their third objective — the MVC’s postseason tournament — when Missouri State won two of three games at Evansville, including Sunday’s rubber game.
The two wins by the Bears enabled them to stay a game ahead of ISU for the final spot in postseason play. Had Evansville won two of the three games of that series, the Sycamores had the tiebreaker over Missouri State and would be preparing to play again later this week.
Indiana State broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning Sunday, when Aubre Carpenter reached on an error, was bunted to second by Erika Crissman and scored on a double by Shelby Wilson.
Lockwood had retired 10 batters in order when the Sycamores padded the lead in the top of the sixth on homers by Crissman and Megan Stone.
The win gave ISU its first series win over the Salukis (28-23, 15-11) since 1986, and the Sycamores became the first team with a winning record to miss the MVC tournament.
During the season Indiana State established new team records for on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs, RBI, saves, fielding percentage, times hit by pitch and total bases. Senior Morgan Allee set a single-season record for on-base percentage at .497.
Keen, Jones win again — At Cliinton, Tom Jones and Chris Keen were winners in golf tournament action for the second week in a row.
They had rounds of 68 and 61 to finish with a 15-under-par 129 score to win the two-man scramble concluded Sunday at Geneva Hills. They won a two-man scramble at Forest Park last weekend.
Ryan Luce and Bob Kyle had 133 to finish second in Vermillion County. Blayd Horrall and Ryan Evans won the first flight with 135 and Randy Kendall and Ed Grayless won the second flight with 145.
A two-player scramble will be played this Saturday at Idle Creek.
Geneva Hills two-man scramble
129 — Chris Keen-Tom Jones 68-61
133 — Ryan Luce-Bob Kyle 65-68
135 — Russ Campbell-Alan Buell 68-67
136 — Fred Reynolds-Bill Doan Jr. 67-69
138 — Randy Kruse-Greg Reininga 69-69
139 — Greg Luce-Russ Maesch 69-70
135 — Blayd Horrall-Ryan Evans 70-65
136 — Denny Byram-Butch Graham 70-66, Larry Fossi-Chris Pearson 71-65
137 — Kyle Stevenson-Kyle Coletti 70-67, Eddie Kanizer-Robert Harrison 71-66
139 — Chad Gann-John Morris, Kevin McCrae-Larry Tackett
142 — J.P. Kanizer-Rob Farrington
144 — Marvin Keith-Craig Miller
145 — Randy Kendall-Ed Grayless 75-70
148 — Compton-West
154 — King-Hayes
156 — Colton-Day
158 — Farrington-Ed Kanizer
Park wins, Engineers fourth — At Defiance, Ohio, Rose-Hulman sophomore Sanders Park became the first Engineer to win an individual conference golf championship since 1996 when he survived a three-player, seven-hole playoff for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title.
Park had rounds of 70, 74, 76 and 76 in the two-week tournament and was tied with Hanover’s Robert Bader and Transylvania’s Clay Hinton after Sunday’s fourth round.
All three players parred the first five holes of the sudden-death playoff. Bader missed a six-foot par putt on the sixth hole, and Park two-putted from 40 feet on the next hole while Hinton missed his par putt from eight feet.
Joe Miller of Rose-Hulman won the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament 18 years ago.
Transylvania won the team championship with a score of 1,195. Rose-Hulman’s fourth-place score of 1,248 was just six shots behind runner-up Mount St. Joseph.
Team scores — Transylvania 298-305-293-299-1,195, Mount St. Joseph 297-322-311-312-1,242, Hanover 309-318-312-308-1,247, Rose-Hulman 305-318-308-317-1,248, Defiance 321-333-326-303-1,283, Franklin 320-335-330-326-1,311, Manchester 330-335-340-331-1,339, Anderson 366-366-362-386-1,480.
Rose-Hulman — 1. Sanders Park 70-74-76-76-296 (won playoff for championship), 11. Travis Whithaus 77-80-72-82-311, 15. Tapat Wittayakom 77-82-80-82-321, 21. Kent Kraus 81-86-80-80-327, 21. Luke Peoples 81-82-85-79-327.
In high school matches Saturday:
Braves second, Pats fifth — At Brownsburg, Terre Haute South won the battle for second place behind the ranked host team at the Brownsburg Invitational on Saturday.
The Braves, led by Ryan Cahill’s 83 that tied for sixth place individually, shot 342 to 320 for the winners.
Terre Haute North, with Adam LaGrange shooting an 82 that tied for fourth, was fifth at 361.
Team scores — Brownsburg 320, Terre Haute South 342, Franklin 343, Franklin Central 351, Terre Haute North 361, Western Boone 375, Crawfordsville 381, Muncie Central 383, Plainfield 387, New Palestine 393, Hagerstown 396, Danville 400, Indian Creek 405, Lafayette Jeff 406, Hamilton Heights 409.
Terre Haute South (342) — Drew Cahill 87, Ryan Cahill 83, Gregory Stultz 93, Braxton McIntyre 88, Darin Pemberton 84.
Terre Haute North (361) — Adam LaGrange 82, Cam Lewellyn 93, Luke Young 89, Nathan Higbie 102, Gunar Alumbaugh 97
Playing as individuals — Pierce Gordon (THS) 98, Jaret Morlan (THN) 91.
Greencastle wins — At Windy Hill Country Club, Greencastle fired a 320 to defeat Rockville, Southmont and South Vermillion in the Tiger Cub Invitational on Saturday. Greencastle’s Luke Brotherton was medalist with a 74.
Team scores — Greencastle 320, Rockville 365, Southmont 370, South Vermillion 385.
Sullivan 3, Vincennes Lincoln 2
Singles — Bauer (VL) def. Abigail Hornback 6-0, 6-1; Mikayla Turner (S) def. Dillon 6-4, 6-2; Gretchen Burkhart (S) def. Dong 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.
Doubles — Anderson-Cardinal (VL) def. Shai Dean-Meredith Secrest 6-2, 5-7, 6-4; Reagan Gambill-Kara Mahan (S) def. Ellis-Mercer-Szady 7-5, 6-1.