ISU (25-20, 10-7 MVC) split a conference doubleheader Wednesday
at Indiana State and took two of three from Drake last weekend at
Marian Kneer Stadium. Senior pitcher Jordan Birch took a no-hitter
into the seventh in Illinois State's 3-0 win over the Sycamores in
Wednesday afternoon's opener, before Indiana State countered with a
6-1 win in game two. The Redbirds stranded 19 runners on the base
paths in the twin bill and went 1 for 13 with runners on base.
Freshmen Lindsey Greene and Kara Repp provided the only RBIs for
Illinois State in the two contests, as Greene went 2 for 2 with her
first career triple in the opener and Repp drove in a run with her
first career double in the nightcap.
Sophomore Laura Canopy leads Illinois State's offense with a .317
batting average and .434 on-base percentage. Senior Liz Andrews owns
a .310 average with seven doubles, four home runs and 14 RBIs, while
junior Jhavon Hamilton boasts a .306 average with a team-high seven
homers and 24 RBIs. Sophomore Lauren Kellar reached base in both
Wednesday contests to lift her average to .291 and extend her
on-base streak to 14 games.
In the circle, Birch leads the Redbird staff with a 1.75 ERA and
15-12 record. The Monroe, Wash., native has fanned 162 opposing
hitters and issued just 29 walks in 156 innings. The senior righty
is limiting opposing hitters to a .209 average and has recorded
eight shutouts. Fellow senior Megan Warner fell to 9-7 on the year
after taking the loss in game two on Wednesday, and her ERA increased
to 3.77. Warner has posted three shutouts in her 100 1-3 innings this
season and has notched 39 strikeouts.
Bradley (17-22, 7-9 MVC) is coming off a doubleheader split with
Northern Iowa Wednesday afternoon, as the Braves handed the Panthers
their first conference loss of the season. BU fell 8-1 in the
opener, before rebounding with a convincing 9-3 victory in game two.
Bradley is 6-4 in its last 10 league games and is tied for sixth in
the Valley standings. The Braves return 11 letter winners and six
starters from last year's squad that went 13-41 overall and 6-19 in
the MVC. BU is under the direction of head coach Amy Hayes, who is
in her fourth year as the head coach of the Braves.
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Bradley is hitting .244 as a team, with a pair of players hitting
over .300. Julie Sherman leads BU with a .307 average, while
Madeline Lynch-Crumrine is hitting at a .306 clip. Lake Land
College transfer Bailiegh Basham has driven in a team-high 18
runs, and Alyson Clemente and Alex Chandler are tied for the team
lead with three homers. Lynch-Crumrine has also been the top
pitcher for the Braves, as she enters the weekend with an 8-14
record and 2.54 ERA. Mackenzie Camp has been the second starter
for Bradley this season and is 7-7 in the circle with a 3.00
Illinois State holds a 55-16 advantage in the all-time series
with Bradley and has won 19 of the last 21 meetings, including
the last six straight. Last season, the Redbirds swept the
Braves in a three-game series at Marian Kneer Stadium, with each
game being decided by two runs or less.
news release received from Dustin Hall, graduate assistant,
athletics communications, Illinois State University]