SOUTHAVEN, Miss.—The Indiana State softball team (7-5) split games in the opening day of the Blues City Classic in Southaven, Miss., beating Wright State 3-1 before falling to Memphis 2-1.
"We played a solid first game with a good victory," head coach Shane Bouman said. "In game two six walks and three errors came back to bite us. It is a tough loss but we will learn from it and looking forward to bouncing back tomorrow."
Junior Morgan Allee led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk and came around to score on a sacrifice bunt by junior Shelby Wilson to give Indiana State an early lead, one they would not give up.
The Sycamores added two more runs to their lead in the bottom of the third inning when freshman Alexa Cavin was hit by a pitch and stole second and advanced to third on Wilson's single, before scoring on a Wright State fielding error.
Wright State got on the board in the sixth inning but could get no closer as the Sycamores went on to defeat the Raiders 3-1 to improve to 7-4 on the season.
Wilson finished the game 1-2 at the plate with a with an RBI and run scored while sophomore Megan Bunting recorded the teams only other hit in the contest. Sophomore Ashli Scott pitched seven complete innings allowing just four hits, just two walks and one earned run while striking out five.
Sophomore Megan Stone hit her third home run of the season and sophomore pitcher Stephanie Fougerousse pitched 5.1 hitless innings but the Sycamores fell to Memphis 2-1 in game two of the Blues City Classic.
Allee led off the game with a double for the Sycamores before a strong pitching performance by both teams took over the game.
In the top of the fourth inning Stone connected on a line shot over the fence in right center field to put the Sycamores on the board 1-0.
Memphis threatened in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases of a pair of Sycamore field errors but Fougerousse pitched out of the jam to allow the Sycamores to keep a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers would not go away, however, and with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, recorded their first hit of the game followed by a single to put runners at first and third. A walk then loaded the bases for the Tigers before two runs crossed home plate due to a base on balls.
The Sycamores couldn't respond in the top of the seventh inning and fell by a final score of 2-1 to the host Tigers of Memphis.
Stone finished the game 1-3 at the plate and hit her third home run of the season and fifth of career to account for the Sycamores lone run of the game. Fougerousse pitched 5.1 innings, allowing just two hits.
The Sycamores wrap up play in the Blues City Classic Saturday when they face UMKC and Nicholls State at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.