Four home runs propel Sycamores to series victory over Evansville
EVANSVILLE, Indiana – Indiana State Softball hit four home runs in a 12-4 win Wednesday afternoon at Cooper Stadium to earn a series win over Evansville.
The Sycamores (22-23, 9-12) finish the series with 30 runs on 35 hits, including eight homers en route to a pair of run-rule victories to take the series over the Purple Aces (23-21, 8 – 13).
Evansville started the game off on the right foot at home plate, taking a 2-0 lead in the third inning after a pair of solo shots in the first two innings out of Cassi Newbank which started for the Sycamores. Newbanks settled in, ending his outing with five strikeouts in 2.1 innings.
At the top of the second, Lexie Siwek recorded his 100th career hit with a left-sided single.
Olivia Patton led the third inning with a single out of third base that set up the Sycamores for a four-run frame. With two out in the inning, Cassie Tomerson drew a walk which was followed by a Annie Tokarek single to center field. Patton and Thomerson would come in to score because of an Ace throwing error that tied the game at two. Lexie Siwek followed Tokarek with an RBI brace to put Indiana State ahead 3-2. Danielle Henning capped the score in the inning with an RBI single to score Siwek to extend Sycamore’s lead to 4-2.
Lexi Benko replaced Newbanks in the third and got a pair of groundouts to bring the Sycamores back into the dugout where the offense would turn into another four-run inning in the fourth.
Abi Chipps started the round with a march and went from first to third on wild terrain to set up a Bella Peterson RBI singles to right field to make it a 5-2 game. Amanda Guercio then hit a two-run homer from dead center to give the Sycamores a 7-2 lead. Following a groundout, Annie Tokarek hit his fifth home run of the season, a solo hit, to give Indiana State an 8-2 lead.
After consecutive marches to start the bottom of the fourth, Lexi Benko caught a line drive from Hannah Hood then turned and shot at shortstop Kennedy lampshade for a double play. Benko asked the next batter to fly out to retire the team.
After Evansville made a pitching change to start the fifth inning, Danielle Henning drew a first step that lifted Kennedy lampshade who quickly hit the left field line. The game’s third homer for ISU and Shade’s second homer of the season put the Sycamores up 10-2. Abi Chipps hit on a single to center field with two outs to go Amanda Guercio at the plate where she hit a commanding shot over the wall into left field for her second homer of the game and the Sycamores fourth of the night to give Indiana State a 12-2 lead.
Marah Wood drove in two runs for the Purple Aces late in the fifth to make it 12-4, but Lexi Benko managed to corner her second and finish the game for her 11th win of the season. The Sycamores finished with 13 hits while limiting Evansville to just five.
Around the Horn
–Every Sycamore starter recorded at least one hit as Indiana State finished with 13.
–Amanda Guercio hit his team-leading ninth home run of the season, recording his second 2-hour game against Evansville in 2022.
–Lexie Siwek recorded his 100th career hit with a single in the second inning.
-Indiana State now has 10 games with double-digit success as a team.
-The Sycamores improve to 53-49 all-time against Evansville.
Indiana State will continue its tour with a trip to Cedar Falls for a three-game series against Northern Iowa.
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