Redbirds Fall in Extras, 5-4; Bounce Back With 15-2 Win
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WICHITA, Kan. - After dropping game one of Saturday's doubleheader at Wichita State, 5-4, in eight innings, the Illinois State softball team rebounded with a 15-2 run-rule victory over the Shockers in game two at Wilkins Stadium.
Jhavon Hamilton, Nichelle Harrison, Kolby Hoffman and Elizabeth Kay each had four hits on the day to lead the Redbirds (23-18, 8-6 Missouri Valley Conference) offensively. Hoffman set a career-high with four RBI in game two, while Kay combined for six on the day to increase her league-leading total to 43 on the season. Hamilton also extended her on-base streak to a season-best 20 games.
A pair of freshmen turned in the best pitching performances for the Redbirds. Erin Rodriguez came on in relief in game one with a career-high 5.0 innings of one-run ball. Regan Romshek started game two, allowing two runs in 5.0 innings for the complete game victory.
Game One - Wichita State 5, Illinois State 4 (8 inn.)
In what has become a theme for the Redbirds as of late, ISU got out to an early 3-0 lead before seeing it quickly erased. Kay drove home two with an RBI single before Laura Canopy scored on a Shocker (16-23, 7-8 MVC) error two batters later to give the Redbirds a 3-0 lead. Redbird starter Taylor Baxter (ND) allowed three runs in the bottom half, however, exiting after just one-third of an inning and five illegal pitches.
Rodriguez (ND) limited the Shocker offense from there, allowing her only run on back-to-back two-out doubles in the bottom of the third. The Shockers and starter Katie Armagost (WP, 5-14) kept the Redbirds' offense at bay until the top of the seventh inning, when Brittny Drish singled home Harrison with two outs to even the contest and send ISU to extra innings for the fourth time this season.
ISU put runners on first and third with one out in the top of the eighth, but was held scoreless. Then, Shocker third baseman Erin Carney lined a 1-2 Sophia Perez (LP, 1-2) pitch over the fence in straightaway center field to give WSU the walk-off victory.
The Redbirds stranded 13 runners in the contest, their second-most all year. Nine of them were left on either second or third base, as ISU stranded the bases loaded twice.
Game Two - Illinois State 15, Wichita State 2
ISU bounced back in game two by equaling the program-highs for most runs scored and biggest margin of victory in a Missouri Valley Conference contest, originally set in another 15-2 win over Northern Iowa on May 4, 2008.
The Redbirds scored the game's first run just two batters in, as Hamilton doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly from Lauren Kellar to make it 1-0. ISU scored in every inning the rest of the way, breaking the game open with a seven-run second.
Nine batters hit in the second inning before the Shockers recorded an out. Stephanie Gallant, Drish, Hoffman, Kellar, Canopy and Kay all picked up RBI during their at-bats. The Redbirds added three more in the third on a two-run homer from Hoffman and RBI single from Kay. Hamilton plated Romshek and Hoffman in the fourth with a single, before Hoffman and Kay each picked up RBI in the fifth to round out the scoring.
Working with a lead the entire way, Romshek (WP, 8-9) allowed two runs in 5.0 innings, both coming in the third inning. Abby Furstenberg led off with a home run for WSU, before Ali Vandever doubled home a run. Romshek scatted seven hits while walking one and striking out one.
The Redbirds will look to win the series by taking game three, Sunday at noon.
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