SOUTHAVEN, Miss.—The Indiana State softball team (7-7) dropped two close games on Saturday in the Blues City Classic, falling 5-3 to UMKC before falling 3-0 to Nicholls State.
"We had a chance to win all four games," head coach Shane Bouman said. "We have got to do the little things, we have got to pitch, play solid defense and get key hits. These are the games we have got to start winning to be a great team. We look forward to the opportunity next weekend in Athens, Ga. We would also like to thank the fans who have supported Sycamore Softball through our first three weekends."
Indiana State rallied late in the first game of the day against the Kangaroos of UMKC before falling by a final score 5-3.
The lead off batters for both teams led off the first inning with a hit by pitch and both came around to score to make it a 1-1 tie after one inning of play.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Roos jumped back out in front of the Sycamores when they scored a run of an RBI double to take a 2-1 lead. The Sycamores responded with a run of their own when sophomore Megan Stone led off the bottom of the fourth with a triple and scored off a fielders choice by freshman Kelsey Montgomery to tie the game back up at 2-2.
The Roos came back and scored one in the fifth and two in the seventh to take a 5-2 lead over the Sycamores.
Indiana State fought back with a seventh inning rally, started off by a lead off double by freshman Paige Schreiner. Junior Morgan Allee then put runners at first and third with a single. The Sycamores then cut into the Roos lead off a RBI single by junior Shelby Wilson to score Schreiner and make it 5-3.
The Roos then loaded the bases when they walked Stone but the Sycamores could get no closer as they stranded the tying run at second base and fell by a final score of 5-3.
Wilson finished the game 3-4 with an RBI while freshman pitcher Halle Humphrey pitched a complete game for the Sycamores.
The Sycamores found themselves down early to the Colonels of Nicholls State and were never able to recover as they fell in their final game of the Blues City Classic by a final score of 3-0.
In the bottom of the first inning, Montgomery singled and moved to second on a fielding error before moving to third on a Wilson single. The Sycamores offense was unable to get on the board, however, as a strikeout and ground out ended the inning.
The Colonels came back with four straight hits to put two runs on the board and take a 2-0 lead over the Sycamores after an inning a half of play.
Neither team was able to get much going offensively until the sixth inning when the Colonels added another run to their lead off a Sycamore fielding error to make it 3-0 Nicholls State.
The Sycamores could not answer and fell in the second game by a final score of 3-0.
Montgomery finished the game 2-3 at the plate for the Sycamores while sophomore Ashli Scott pitched five complete innings in relief, allowing just three hits and striking out a season high seven batters.
The Sycamores will next be in action on Friday when they travel to Georgia to take part in the Bulldog Invitational.