In the circle, Birch recorded a one-hitter in the first game,
sitting down 11 Shocker batters, and she came in as a relief pitcher
in the second game to take the win and improve to 10-8 on the
Laura Canopy was 4 of 6 from the batter's box in the
doubleheader and scored a run. Elizabeth Kay was 2 of 3 in the first
game with a two-run homer, while Jhavon Hamilton recorded an RBI in
the game. In the second game, Caiti Kopp was 2 of 2 at the plate and
recorded two RBIs. Kelsey Turczyn hit a solo homer over the center
field wall and Lauren Kellar had a two-run shot both in the bottom
of the sixth to secure the Redbird win.
Game 1 recap: Illinois State 3, Wichita State 0
Stephanie Gallant singled up the middle to lead off the third
inning and moved over to third off a successful sacrifice bunt by
Kolby Hoffman. Gallant scored after Hamilton hit a deep sacrifice
fly to center field, pushing across ISU's first run of the game for
a 1-0 lead.
ISU left two runners on in scoring position in the bottom of the
fourth, as Lizzie Andrews walked and made it to third on a single
through the right side by Canopy, who advanced to second on the WSU
throw to third. The Redbirds couldn't push the runs across and
headed into the fifth inning with their one-run lead.
After being shut down by Birch through the first four innings,
Wichita State got some offense going in the fifth, as Erin Carney
reached first after being hit by a pitch and moved to second on a
single to the left side by Melanie Jaegers, but the Shockers weren't
able to score and left two runners on base to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Kellar recorded a leadoff double with
a blooper to shallow left field. With no outs and Kellar in scoring
position, Kay stepped into the batter's box and sent a ball over the
left field wall to increase ISU's lead to 3-0. Canopy and pinch
hitter Sara Bradley hit back-to-back singles up the middle to put
runners on first and second with one out, but the Redbirds couldn't
get the runners to touch the plate. The Shockers weren't able to put
any runs on the board in their final attempt, and ISU won the first
Game 2 recap: Illinois State 5, Wichita State 3
In the top of the first, WSU's Sydney Stuever got on base off a
Redbird error and scored early for the Shockers off a double to
right center by Carney. With two outs in ISU's half of the inning,
Kay hit a double off the right-field wall, as Andrews drew a walk to
put runners on first and second, but Andrews got picked off at first
to end the inning.
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Wichita State kept the offense going early in the game, when
Brianne Bond and Sammie Shook each walked to put runners on first
and second. With one out, Stuever hit a double to score Bond and
move runners into scoring position to take a two-run lead, 2-0. In
the bottom half of the second, Canopy hit a leadoff triple and
scored on a sacrifice fly by Kopp to cut WSU's lead to one, 2-1.
Andrews and Canopy hit back-to-back singles with two outs in the
bottom of the third, as Kopp recorded her second RBI of the game and
kept the two-out rally going with a single that drove in Andrews
from second to tie the game at 2-2.
After three scoreless innings for the Shockers, Carney hit a
leadoff homer over the left-center field wall to give WSU a slight
advantage over ISU, 3-2, in the top of the sixth.
Illinois State's bats came to life in the bottom of the sixth, as
pinch hitter Turczyn crushed a leadoff homer to dead center field,
tying the game at 3-3. With two outs and a runner on first, Kellar
hit a shot over the right field wall to give ISU its first lead of
the game, 5-3. WSU wasn't able to produce any more runs, and ISU
topped the Shockers by two, 5-3, in the comeback victory.
Illinois State was to be back on the diamond Sunday in the final
game of a three-game series against Wichita State. The game was
slated to begin at noon.
Game 1 box score
Game 2 box score
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