AMES, Iowa—Freshman outfielder Alexa Cavin went 3-4 at the plate with two runs scored as the Indiana State softball team won their fourth straight game to open the 2013 season with a 7-1 win over North Dakota Saturday evening.
"We put in a lot of time and effort and hard work before this season and a lot of it is paying off right now," head coach Shane Bouman said. "We are doing a lot of little things right to give ourselves a chance to win games. Our pitchers are throwing strkies, defense is making plays and we are getting key hits. Its a fun time to be wearing the blue and white for Sycamore softball."
The Sycamores wasted no time in getting an early lead with freshman outfielder Kelsey Montgomery leading off the bottom of the first inning with a single to the pitcher before Cavin reached on an error to put runners at first and second with no outs. Junior Morgan Allee then advanced both runners with a sacrafice bunt before junior Shelby Wilson scored Cavin on a fielders choice to make it 1-0 Indiana State.
Sophomore Megan Stone then made it 2-0 Indiana State with a double to left center to score Wilson.
The Sycamores extended their lead in the second inning when they batted around the lineup, scoring four more runs off four hits to take a 6-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, freshman catcher Meredith Henriksen extended the Sycamore lead further when she hit an RBI single to third base to score Wilson and give ISU a 7-0 advantage.
North Dakota rallied back in the top of the sixth, getting one run across but could get no closer as the Sycamores went on to defeat the Fighting Sioux by a final score of 7-1.
Sophomore pitcher Stephanie Fougerousse pitched a complete game allowing just one earned run off six hits with five strikeouts. Cavin was 3-4 at the plate with two runs scored and Henriksen was 2-4 with an RBI.
The Sycamores will wrap up play at the Cyclone Invitational Sunday when they play host Iowa State at 3 p.m.