WICHITA, Kan.—The Indiana State softball team (10-14, 1-1 MVC) won its Missouri Valley Conference opener for the first time since the 2008 season when they defeated Wichita State (10-14, 1-1 MVC) 4-2 in the first game of a double header Saturday before dropping a heartbreaker, 4-3, in game two.
"We played well enough to win two games today," head coach Shane Bouman said. "It was fun to be a part of Sycamore softball until 22 free bases over the last two innings of game two, and thats the reason for the split. We have a great opportunity to win a series tomorrow and I know we will come out ready to play."
The Sycamore offense got a lead in the third inning and never gave it up as the Sycamores defeated the Shockers 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on the opening weekend of Missouri Valley Conference play.
Freshman Kelsey Montgomery hit a one out single in the top of the third inning and moved to third on two wild pitches. Montgomery then scored off a single off the bat of junior Morgan Allee to give ISU a 1-0 lead.
The Sycamores then came back to add three insurance runs in the top of the 7th inning. Sophomore Ashley Dickerson singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on sacrifice by senior Alex Lucas. Two batters later junior Morgan Allee walked before freshman Alexa Cavin then hit a two out two RBI double to score Dickerson and Allee and make it a 3-0 game.
Cavin then added one more run as she stole third base and advanced home on a throwing error by the Shocker catcher to give ISU a 4-0 lead.
The Shockers answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh scoring two runs off three straight hits but could get no closer as the Sycamores went on to defeat Wichita State 4-2.
Cavin finished the game 2-4 with two RBI's and a run scored while Montgomery was 1-2 and Allee and Dickerson were each 1-3 with a run scored.
Sophomore Ashli Scott got the win pitching a complete game, allowing five hits and two earned runs.
In the second game the Sycamores jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Cavin walked and junior Shelby Wilson doubled to put runners on second and third with one out. Two batters later, freshman Abbie Malchow hit an RBI single to score Cavin and give the Sycamores the lead.
The Shockers came back in the bottom of the second and tied the game 1-1 getting one run off two hits.
In the top of the third Allee led off the inning with a hit by pitch and stole second base. Cavin then moved Allee to third on a sacrifice bunt. Wilson then gave the Sycamores a 2-1 lead off a single.
Neither team's offense was able to crack the scoreboard again until the seventh inning when Allee led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cavin. Allee then stole third and scored on an error by the Shocker third baseman to give ISU a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Wichita State came back and scored three runs off two hits and three walks to grab a 4-3 walkoff in game two.
Dickerson finished the second game 2-2 at the plate with a double while Allee was 2-3 with two runs scored and Wilson was 2-4 with an RBI.
With her two stolen bases on the day, Allee moved into 9th place in the ISU career record book with 23 stolen bases, despite playing just 24 games as a Sycamore. Allee is also just five stolen bases away from first place on the ISU single season stolen bases list.
The finale of the three-game series is set for 1 p.m. Sunday in Wichita, Kan.