AMES, Iowa—Sophomore pitcher Ashli Scott pitched 9.1 scoreless innings and allowed just two hits as the Indiana State softball team (2-0) defeated IPFW 9-0 in six innings before defeating Northern Colorado in dramatic fashion, 3-2, in nine innings.
"We had a great team effort today," said assistant coach Amanda Zust. "Our defense was solid behind our pitchers who threw aggressively. We were able to move the ball offensively and put some pressure on the defense. It was a fun day to be a Sycamore"
The 2013 season got off to a quick start as the Sycamores wasted little time in jumping out to a lead over the Mastodons of IPFW.
Sophomore Ashley Dickerson got a Sycamore run going in the top of the second inning with a hit by pitch followed by a walk by senior Halee Myers and another hit by pitch, this time to freshman Meredith Henriksen. Junior Shelby Wilson got the first RBI's of the season for the Sycamores off a walk to score Dickerson and junior Morgan Allee Scored Myers and Henriksen with a single to second base to make it 3-0 ISU.
In the fifth inning, Wilson led off the inning with a double but was called out for leaving early on an Allee single. Sophomore Megan Stone then kept the inning moving after an Allee stolen base with an RBI double down the right field line to score Allee. Two batters later sophomore Megan Bunting singled up the middle to score senior Mackenzine Connelly, running for Stone, to give Indiana State a 5-0 lead.
The Sycamores then put the game away in the top of the sixth inning scoring four more runs off four hits to take a 9-0 lead. IPFW was unable to score in the bottom half of the inning and the Sycamores went on to defeat the Mastodons 9-0 in the sixth inning by the 8-run rule.
Wilson and Allee each finished the game 3-3 at the plate while Stone went 2-4 with three RBI's. Scott finished the game with a six inning shutout, allowing just two hits.
In the second game of the day against Northern Colorado, the Sycamores found themselves in an early hole as the Bears first batter led off with a double and came around to score and take a 1-0 lead.
Northern Colorado added one more run in the top of the fifth inning when a lead off double once again came around to score to make it 2-0.
The Sycamores responded in the bottom half of the frame as Myers led off the inning with a sinlge and was advanced to second on a sacrafice bunt by freshman Meredith Henriksen. Cavin then reached on an error and advanced to second to put runners on second and third with one out. Freshman Kelsey Montgomery then got the Sycamores as she grounded out to the first baseman but let one run score. Allee then tied the game with an RBI single to score Cavin.
Defense took over for both teams, with neither team able to score in the sxith or seventh inning, forcing extra innings.
In the bottom of the ninth, under international tie break rules, Bunting advanced to third off a sacrafice bunt by Dickerson and Myers singled to first base to score Bunting and give the Sycamores a 3-2 win.
Bunting finished the game 3-4 at the plate and Myers was 2-4 with the game winning RBI. Sophomore Stephanie Fougerousse opened the game on the mound for the Sycamores getting the no-decision in her first career game as a Sycamore while Scott finished the last 3.1 innings allowing no hits with five strikeouts.
The Sycamores will continue play at the Cyclone Invitational Saturday with games against Northern Colorado and North Dakota with first pitch set for 12 p.m.