AUBURN, Ala.—The Indiana State softball team (4-3) fell behind early and could never battle back as they fell 8-0 to the Jayhawks of Kansas University (5-1 Friday in Auburn, Ala. as part of the Tiger Invitational.
"We played two great teams and gained a lot of valuable experience getting outside for the first time," said head coach Shane Bouman. "Our kids have competed well and we are looking forward to the rest of the tournament. We need to put one in the bank tomorrow."
The Jayhawks wasted no time in geting a lead as they followed up Stephanie Fougerousse strike out of the leadoff KU batter, Kansas Maggie Hull put the Jayhawks with a home run to left center to take a 1-0 lead over the Sycamores.
The Sycamores tried to respond in the bottom half of the first off a single by freshman Alexa Cavin who stole second base. Two batters later, sophomore Megan Stone singled up the middle but a perfect throw from center field got Cavin at home to end the inning and keep the Sycamores behind the Jayhawks 1-0.
In the top of the second inning, Kansas got their bats going at the plate and took a 6-0 lead over the Sycamores off four hits, including a 2-run home run to left center.
After going down in order in their half of the second, junior Morgan Allee hit a two out single before stealing second to move into scoring position. However, the Sycamores could not get on the board as a pop out ended the frame.
The Jayhawks added a run in the four and fith inning to take an 8-0 lead over Indiana State after four and a half innings of play. With one, freshman Paige Schreiner pinch hit and reached on a base on balls. Two batters later Allee reached on an error to put runners at first and second with two outs.
Senior Halee Myers hit a sharp single down at first base but a dving catch by the Jayhawks first baseman ended the game with the Sycamores falling 8-0.
The Sycamores will continue play in the Tiger Invitational Saturday when they take on Bryant at 11 a.m. and Chattanooga at 4 p.m.