AUBURN, Ala.—The Indiana State softball team (6-4) rallied after allowing four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 9-6 over Tennessee State (0-7) Sunday thanks to a two-run home run by sophomore Megan Stone.
"We got a gutty pitching performance, a huge hit from Megan Stone, some great defensive plays to head home with a win today," head coach Shane Bouman said. "We learned a lot this weekend and are exited about getting back to practice this week."
After slow starts to their games on Saturday, the Sycamores jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning scoring five runs off two hits and five walks in the opening frame.
The Tigers answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first before defense took over for the Sycamores for the next five innings.
In the top of the sixth inning, junior Morgan Allee reached on an error to lead off the inning and came around to score off a wild pitch to give the Sycamores a 6-2 advantage.
Tennessee State would not go away, however, as a triple and back-to-back- singles brought the Tigers back to within one at 6-5. The Sycamore defense then forced extra innings thanks to a perfect throw from left fielder Megan Bunting to short stop Morgan Allee to catcher Meredith Henriksen to throw the Tigers winning run out at the plate and end the bottom of the seventh inning.
With the international tie break rule in place, Allee moved freshman Kelsey Montgomery to third on a sacrifice bunt and freshman Alexa Cavin put runners on the corners with an infield single. Junior Shelby Wilson then gave the Sycamores the lead once again off a sacrifice fly to score Montgomery. The very next batter, sophomore Megan Stone, crushed a two-run home run over the right field fence to give the Sycamores a 9-6 lead.
The Sycamore defense held their own in the bottom of the eighth and went on to defeat the Tigers 9-6 in eight innings.
Stone finished the game 4-4 at the plate with two RBI's and two runs scored with a walk and home run. The home run was the fourth of her career and second on the weekend.
The Sycamores will next take the field on Friday when they travel south to take part in the Blues City Classic, hosted by the University of Memphis.