Redbird Softball Falls to DePaul in ICSC Final
Stephanie Gallant
Stephanie Gallant

Sept. 30, 2012

The Illinois State softball team was defeat by DePaul, 8-5, in the Championship game of the State Farm Illinois Collegiate Softball championship Sunday.

"I thought we started off slow offensively against DePaul," head coach Melinda Fischer said. "Even when DePaul scored two runs, we fought back and tied, but after that I don't think we did a lot of things very well. You need to learn from those situations."

DePaul had a runner on first in the bottom of the second with Staci Bonezek in the batter's box. Bonezek hit a fly ball to center field for a double, bringing in Paige Peterson for the first run of the game, 1-0. Brittany Boesel stepped up to the plate and dropped a hit in short center to bring in Bonezek and ended the inning with a 2-0 Blue Demon lead.

Illinois State's Elizabeth Kay hit a bomb over the fence in the top of the fifth inning, recording the first homerun of the game. Kay's hit also brought home Jhavon Hamilton from first base and tied the game, 2-2. DePaul answered right back in the bottom of the inning and with a triple from Allie Braden, which sent Lynsey Ciezki home and put the Blue Demons up 3-2. Braden also scored and Paige Peterson posted a homerun, bringing in two additional runs to close the inning with a 6-2 DePaul lead.

In the top of the sixth Stephanie Gallant hit a strong hit down the first baseline followed by base hits from Sara Bradley and Kara Repp. With the bases loaded, Lauren Kellar stepped up to the plate and blasted a hit into center field to bring in a run for the `Birds, 6-3. DePaul took control at the bottom of the inning and posted two hits and drove in two runs to put the team ahead 8-3.



In the final inning, Gallant hit a high fly to left field sending her to second base, which allowed Kay to head home for a score, 8-4. Brittny Drish fired a base hit for a double, bringing in Gallant and advancing Bradley to third base, 8-5. The Redbirds recorded three hits in the inning and left three batters on base, ending the game in the top of the seventh.

In the opener, Southern Illinois and Illinois State left a combined 19 runners on base with 14 being SIU runners. The Redbirds had five hits in the game with four coming in the bottom of the seventh, including a walk-off double by Kay, while the Salukis tallied eight hits.

"I think we struggled offensively the entire day," Fischer said. "We were not as sharp in all aspects of our game today as we were yesterday. In the same respect, I was very proud of the team for sticking with it and coming back to beat Southern Illinois in the last inning."

Southern Illinois had runners on the corners with one out in the sixth with Allie Vade Boncouer in the batter's box. Vade Boncouer doubled to the gap in left center, driving in two SIU runners, 2-0, for the first runs of the game. The Salukis added another run to their side of the scoreboard, as Lacey Newbold pinch hit and had a deep double to center field, scoring Kalyn Harker from first to give SIU a three-run advantage.

With the bases loaded and one out, the Redbirds refused to give up in the bottom of the seventh, as Kellar hit a blooper to left center field and drove in Molly Cull and Brittny Drish to cut the Salukis' lead to one, 3-2. Hamilton was patient at the plate and drew a walk with two outs to load the bases for ISU, bringing up Kay, who hit a walk-off double to left field, scoring Kellar and Harrison. The two runs ended the game with a come-from-behind victory, 4-3. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.