Sycamores Travel to Golden Eagle Classic in Tennessee


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State softball heads to Cookeville, Tenn. for the Golden Eagle Classic at Tennessee Tech University, which will now be played on Sunday and Monday because of inclement weather in the area.
 
The Sycamores will play a pair of doubleheaders with Sunday’s matchups including Bellarmine and Quinnipiac. First pitch against Bellarmine will be at 3:30 p.m. ET with the game against Quinnipiac set to begin at 6 p.m. ET. On Monday, ISU will face Quinnipiac at 4 p.m. ET and then conclude the trip with a 6:30 p.m. ET matchup against host Tennessee Tech. Live stats will be available for each game.
 
Last Time Out
Indiana State (10-8) returns to action after a trip to Memphis for the Blues City Classic where the Sycamores went 2-3. ISU fell to Iowa, UT Martin and host Memphis while defeating a pair of in-state opponents in IUPUI and Butler.
 
The Sycamores defeated IUPUI 3-2 in walk-off fashion, with Danielle Henning coming all the way around to score after a Jaguar throw went all the way to the wall in right field. Indiana State stole a season-high six bases in the contest. Cassi Newbanks got her third win the of the season with an eight-inning complete game, allowing just one earned run and tying her season-high with six strikeouts.
 
 ISU’s 7-1 win over Butler was the best offensive output of the season, with the Trees recording a season-high 13 hits as four players had multi-hit performances. In the circle, Lexi Benko went the distance, picking up her fifth victory of the year.
 
Kennedy Shade finished the weekend 5-for-15 (.333), collecting three doubles while also blasting her first-career home run. She currently has a six-game hitting streaking dating back to February 27 against Samford.
 
Annie Tokarek also had five hits on the weekend, going 5-for-14 (.357), collecting a pair of doubles while driving in two runs.
 
Scouting the Opponents
Bellarmine comes into the weekend with a 6-14 record, dropping their last eight contests. The Knights are in their second season of Division I play, after reclassifying and joining the Atlantic Sun conference in 2020. Sunday’s matchup will be the first ever meeting for Bellarmine and ISU. The Knights returned nearly 90 percent of their hits and RBIs from last season. Senior infielder Hannah Webb leads the team with 18 hits on the year while sporting a .295 average at the plate. Freshman pitcher Claire Lehmkuhler has picked up three wins in the circle for the Knights, striking out 28 batters across 50 innings of work. Bellarmine recently played fellow MVC school Northern Iowa where they lost a pair of close games.
 
Quinnipiac will enter Sunday’s matchup with Indiana State at 1-5 after dropping a pair of games against Tennessee Tech on Friday afternoon. Friday’s action was the first for the Bobcats since February 23. Junior Serena Fogg leads the Bobcats at the plate, going 6-for-17 (.353) early in the season. Freshman Sydney Horan has the lone win in the circle for Quinnipiac, striking out 11 in five appearances this season. Indiana State and Quinnipiac have met once before in the 2014 season, with the Sycamores winning 10-1.
 
Tennessee Tech owns a 14-6 record in 2022 and the Golden Eagles have won five straight games. Sophomore infielder Mackenzie Fitzgerald leads the team with 30 hits on the season, batting .417 while driving in 13 runs and stealing 11 bases. Senior infielder Haeli Bryson has mashed a team-high five home runs and driven in 25 runs. On the rubber, senior Alyssa Arden sports a 7-4 record and a 2.84 ERA to go along with 47 strikeouts. Indiana State holds a 3-2 all-time series lead, with the most recent matchup coming earlier this season. The Sycamores battled to a 3-2 win at the Chattanooga Challenge.
 
Around the Horn
Bella Peterson’s double against Memphis was her team-leading 10th extra base hit of the 2022 season. She has now reached base safely in eight-straight games. Her six doubles this season rank 23rd nationally.
 
Danielle Henning leads the team with 10 RBIs. She drove in four runs at the Blues City Classic.
 
Annie Tokarek has now reached base in six-straight games.
 
Kennedy Shade has a six-game hitting streak.
 
Cassie Thomerson has been hit by a pitch seven times this season, which is tied for the third most in the country. She has reached base in 15-straight games.
 
-Indiana State now has three extra-inning victories this season.
 
-Indiana State is 3-0 in 2022 against other Indiana schools.
 
Up Next
Indiana State will open Missouri Valley Conference play next weekend, beginning with a three-game home series against Valparaiso.

For the latest information on Sycamore Softball, be sure to visit GoSycamores.com. You can also find the team on social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

 

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