Redbirds Split at Day One of ICSC
Sept. 21, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State softball team went 1-1 on its first day of play at the State Farm Illinois Collegiate Softball Championship, Saturday afternoon at Champion Fields. The Redbirds defeated Valparaiso, 7-0, before falling to Olivet Nazarene, 7-1.
Game One - Illinois State 7, Valparaiso 0
The Redbirds jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, providing starting pitcher Taylor Baxter all the run support she would need. Baxter went the distance and surrendered just one hit, while walking four and striking out five.
Gallant began the scoring by tripling home Canopy in the first inning. Romshek then singled to score Gallant, giving ISU a 2-0 lead. Sara Bradley scored in the second to make it 3-0, before ISU busted the game open with a four-run fifth inning.
Kolby Hoffman led off the decisive frame with a triple, before scoring two batters later on a base hit by Heineman. Canopy drove home Nichelle Harrison with a single to make it 5-0 Redbirds, before Romshek plated Heineman and Canopy two batters later to make it 7-0 ISU.
Game Two - Olivet Nazarene 7, Illinois State 1
ONU, a NAIA school who is coming off a 48-9 2013 campaign, limited the ISU offense to four hits in the win. Romshek started in the circle for ISU, surrendering five runs in 3.1 innings. McKensie Vissering relieved her, allowing two runs over the remainder of the contest.
The Redbirds scored their lone run in the second inning. Kara Repp led off with a single, before moving to third on a hit by Harrison. Harrison was caught attempting to steal second base, but got in a rundown long enough to allow Repp to come home.
ISU will wrap up play at the ICSC, Sunday, with two more games. The Redbirds will play Heartland at 10 a.m., before squaring off with Ball State at 12:30 p.m.
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