TERRE HAUTE, Ind.—Junior Megan Stone hit her third home run in the same number of Missouri Valley Conference games but the Sycamores (16-10, 1-2 MVC) fell 3-2 to the Shockers of Wichita State (16-11, 3-1 MVC) in their MVC home opener Friday at Price Field.
"It was a good softball game," head coach Shane Bouman said. "We didn't pitch very good, we didn't get any key hits, we played average defense and still had a chance to win. I think its one of the those things that its some little things that we have to sharpen up.Thats how conference goes, you have a good team playing hard and they are at the top of the conference for a reason. Excited to see how we bounce back tomorrow."
The Sycamores fell behind early as the Shockers scored two runs off four hits in the top of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Sycamores got their offense going. Junior Aubre Carpenter led off the inning with a single up the middle before freshman Erika Crissman reached on a bunt single to put runners at first and second. Both runners then advanced one base on a wild pitch and after a foul out, senior Morgan Allee walked to load the bases. Freshman Brooke Riemenschneider then hit an RBI fielders choice to score Carpenter and cut the Shocker deficit to 2-1.
The Sycamores struck again in the bottom of the fourth inning when Stone crushed a ball over the left field wall to tie the game at 2-2.
The game didn't stay tied for long, however, as the Shockers led off the fifth inning with a solo home run to left center to retake a 3-2 lead over the Sycamores.
Indiana State had chances as they loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning but were unable to push any runs across as they fell to the Shockers by a final score of 3-2 in the first game of the series.
Stone finished the game 2-3 with a home run while Riemenschneider was 2-4 with an RBI for the Sycamores.
The final two games of the series will take place Saturday at Price Field with the first game scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.