Four-Run Sixth Inning Powers Redbirds Past Bearkats
Feb. 9, 2013
WACO, Texas - Coming up to bat in the top of the sixth inning trailing 2-0 on a cool and rainy day at Getterman Stadium, the Illinois State softball team (2-3) had put just four runners on base up to that point. After the first four batters of the inning, the Redbirds held a 4-2 lead, and would hold on to defeat Sam Houston State (2-2), 5-4, in their final game of Baylor's Getterman Classic Saturday afternoon.
Nichelle Harrison started the rally by beating out a grounder to the second baseman. Laura Canopy followed with an RBI triple down the right-field line, before scoring on a wild pitch to tie the game at 2-2. Regan Romshek reached on an error by the Bearkat shortstop, and scored when Elizabeth Kay blasted a two-run homer over the left-field fence to put the Redbirds on top, 4-2.
Kay added a key insurance run the next inning by driving home pinch runner Kaitlyn Knary with a single to give the Redbirds a 5-2 lead. After giving up two singles to start the bottom of the seventh, Romshek (WP, 1-2), ISU's starting pitcher, was removed in favor of Sophia Perez (ND). Perez retired the next two batters, with one run scoring on a sacrifice fly to make it 5-3. After Perez walked Sarah Allison to put two runners on with Hillary Adams, who hit two home runs in the two teams' meeting on Thursday, coming up, Romshek was put back in. She gave up an RBI single to Adams, making it 5-4, but induced a groundout from 2012 Southland Conference Hitter of the Year Kim Damian, who was making her season-debut in a pinch hitting role, to clinch ISU's second win of the season.
Kay was 3-for-4 on the afternoon, accounting for half of the Redbirds' six hits, with three RBI. Brittny Drish singled in the second inning to extend her career and season-opening hitting streak to five games. Through the first five games of her career, Drish is 7-for-10, with two RBI, one double, one walk and one hit-by-pitch.
After surrendering a two-run first-inning home run to Tori Benavidez, the second batter she faced, Romshek settled down to keep the Bearkats at bay and earn the first win of her career. She went 6.1 innings, allowing four runs, all earned, while striking out seven and walking one.
Next up for the Redbirds is a trip to Tempe, Ariz., Feb. 15-17, to take part in Arizona State's Littlewood Classic. They will play Minnesota twice on Friday, Michigan State and No. 4/4 Arizona State on Saturday and UIC on Sunday.
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