AMES, Iowa—Junior infielder Shelby Wilson hit her second career home run but the Indiana State softball team was unable to earn their fifth straight win in the Cyclone Invitational as they fell 7-2 to host Iowa State Sunday.
"We have a young team with a lot to learn but they are competing everday and we will get better throughout the season," head coach Shane Bouman said.
The Sycamores found themselves in an early hole as the Cyclones led off the bottom of the first inning with two hits leading to two runs scored to take an early 2-0 lead.
The Cyclones then added to their lead, scoring five runs off four hits to jump out to a 7-0 advantage over the Sycamores.
Indiana State did not panic and answered back in the top of the fourth when Wilson led off the inning with solo home run to center field to cut the Cyclone lead to 7-1.
Junior Morgan Allee also cut into the Cyclone advantage after recording a single and stolen base before scoring on an illegal pitch to cut the Iowa State lead to 7-2.
The Sycamores held the Cylcones to just one hit over the last 3.2 innings but could get no closer as they fell 7-2 for their first loss of the 2013 season.
Wilson finished the game 2-3 at the plate with a home run and a base on balls while junior Morgan Allee went 2-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases.
"To go four and one in our opening weekend gives us a lot of confidence heading to Auburn next weekend," Bouman said.
Indiana State will now take three days off before traveling to Auburn, Ala. to take part in the Tiger Invitational beginning on Thursday. The Sycamores will take on Auburn at 7 p.m.