TERRE HAUTE, Ind.—The Sycamores (16-12. 1-4 MVC) fell behind early in both games of a doubleheader against the Shockers of Wichita State (18-11, 5-1 MVC) Saturday and were never able to recover as they fell 5-1 and 10-1 at Price Field.
"We just didn't play that good," head coach Shane Bouman said. "We need to clean some things up, we need to throw the ball, catch the ball and our pitchers need to get ahead in the count and have a little bit of a presence but that's how it goes. Offensively, there wasn't any offense and when you don't do those things, your not going to win a softball game. It's early in the year and we know there is a lot of conference games left to be played."
In the first game of the day, both teams pitchers and defense dominated through the first few innings before the Shockers broke through in the top of the fifth inning.
The Shockers loaded the bases off two singles and a walk before hitting a grand slam to take a 4-0 lead. The Shockers then scored one more run off a Sycamore fielding error to take a 5-0 lead over the Sycamores heading to the bottom of the fifth inning.
Wichita State threatened again in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with one out but the Sycamore defense got out of it, without allowing any additional runs.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Sycamore offense showed signs of life as they loaded the bases with two outs before senior Morgan Allee was hit by a pitch to score junior Aubre Carpenter and make it 5-1. Junior Megan Stone then hit a blooper but Wichita State second baseman Liz Broyles made a leaping catch to end the game with the Sycamores falling 5-1.
Crissman finished teh game 3-3 with a double while Carpenter went 2-3 with a run scored for the Sycamores.
In game two, the Shockers picked up right where they left off in game one, as they scored three runs off three hits in the top of the first inning to take a 3-0 advantage over the Sycamores after one half inning of play.
The Shockers came back with one run in the third, two runs in the fourth and four in the fifth to take a 10-1 lead over the Sycamores.
Indiana state got two runners on in the bottom of the fifth but could not push any more runs across and fell in the second game of the day by a final score of 10-1.
Alvarez finished the game 2-2 while Wilson was 1-2 with an RBI for the Sycamores.
Indiana State will return to action Saturday when they travel to Normal, Ill. to face the Redbirds of Illinois State in a three-game series.