SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Sycamore pitching dominated a doubleheader Saturday against Missouri State (22-17, 5-8 MVC) as Indiana State (22-18, 4-9 MVC) earned its first Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader sweep since the 2011 led by junior Yvette Alvarez's complete game one-hitter. The Sycamores won the first game 6-1 before completing the sweep with a 4-0 win in game two.
The Sycamores got on the board first and never looked back as sophomore Taylor Lockwood pitched a complete game to earn the win, allowing just five hits.
In the top of the third, the Sycamores got their offense going when junior Aubre Carpenter got things going with a one out single before scoring on a double off the wall by senior Morgan Allee. After a groundout, senior Shelby Wilson drew a walk before freshman Brooke Riemenschneider reached on a fielding error to score Allee. Both runners then scored off a throwing error on a ground ball hit by freshman Erika Crissman to give the Sycamores a 4-0 advantage.
The Sycamores then added a run in the top of the fifth, when Riemenschneider doubled and scored off a single by Crissman.
In the top of the sixth, the Sycamores extended their lead once again when junior Ashley Dickerson singled and came around to score on a double by Allee to give the Sycamores a 6-0 lead.
The Bears got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when they picked up one run off three htis to cut the Sycamore advantage to 6-1. The Bears could get no closer, however, as Lockwood completed the game, allowing just five hits with three strikeouts, all looking.
Allee was 3-4 with two doubles two RBI's and two stolen bases to move into the top 15 in MVC history in career stolen bases. Crissman was also 2-3 with two stolen bases.
The Sycamores took an early lead in the second game and Yvette Alvarez never gave the Bears hope as she pitched a complete game one-hitter to earn the 4-0 win.
Indiana State struck first in the top of the second when Crissman hit a one out double to left center before advancing to third on a single to center field off the bat of Stone, who also advanced to second on the throw.
The Sycamores then got on the board when freshman Rylee Holland reached on a fielders choice where the Bears were unable to record an out. Junior Ashley Dickerson then laid down a squeeze to score stone and reach first base safely. Carpenter then loaded the bases with an infield single before Holland scored when Allee drew a bases loaded walk to give the Sycamores a 3-0 lead.
Missouri State got its lone hit of the game in the bottom of the second when Chelsea Jones hit a leadoff double.
The Sycamores added one more run in the top of the fifth when Wilson drew a one out walk and freshman Leah Salmon pinch ran. Salmon advanced to second on a sacrifice by Riemenschneider before Crissman hit a doulbe down the left field line to score Salmon and make it 4-0 Sycamores.
Alvarez then closed out the game for the Sycamores, throwing the complete game, one-hitter with four strikeouts to earn her 14th win of the season.
The finale of the three-game series is set to start at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday in Springfield, Mo.