Sophomore pitcher/designated player Allie Goodin (Evansville, Indiana) hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift University of Southern Indiana Softball to a 4-3 win over visiting Lindenwood University Saturday afternoon in the second game of a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader at the USI Softball Field.
The win salvaged a split on the day and sent USI senior outfielder Alicia Webb (Elberfeld, Indiana) out with a victory in what is likely her final game as a Screaming Eagle. Webb went a combined 2-of-7 on the day with a double and two runs scored. She had an RBI in USI's 3-2 opening-game loss.
Game 1: LWU 3, USI 2 (8 inn.)
Lindenwood (23-11-1, 16-10 GLVC) capitalized on a lead-off double and an error to score a run in the top of the eighth inning and hand the Eagles a 3-2 setback in the opener.
The Lions turned a lead-off single in the opening frame into a tally for a 1-0 lead, but the Eagles answered in the home half of the third inning as freshman outfielder Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Indiana), who led the frame off with one of her four singles, scored on an RBI-double by Webb.
USI's momentum quick faded, however, as Lindenwood took advantage of a lead-off walk and an RBI-double to take a 2-1 lead, an advantage it would take into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Bedrick led the bottom of the seventh inning off with an infield, bunt-single. She stole second base, then came around to score from second when sophomore shortstop Jordan Rager (Fishers, Indiana) lined a hard-hit ball off the pitcher. The ball ricocheted off the Lindenwood sophomore pitcher Amanda Weyh and rolled to first base, where Lions junior first baseman Riley Luetkenhaus tagged the bag just before Rager's arrival.
The speedy Bedrick, however, took advantage of the situation and rounded third to score the game tying run on the play.
After Lindenwood scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth, the Eagles got a lead-off walk and a sacrifice bunt to put a runner in scoring position. However, USI could not push across the game-tying run as it suffered its ninth one-run loss of the year.
Goodin (8-8) was charged with the loss after giving up three runs, two earned, off five hits in eight innings of work.
Game 2: USI 4, LWU 3
USI (16-21, 13-15 GLVC) rallied from a 3-1 deficit to earn the 4-3 victory over Lindenwood in the nightcap.
After combining for just one hit through the first three innings, both Lindenwood and USI broke through to put up runs on the board in the fourth. Lindenwood capitalized on a lead-off double, its first hit of the game, to score in the top of the fourth inning, while USI tied the game with a two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth.
Webb's two-out single in the home half of the fourth was turned into a tally when Goodin hit an RBI-double to tie the score at 1-1.
The Lions, however, had three hits in the fifth inning to turn a lead-off single into a score and a 2-1 lead. They scored once more in the sixth inning to increase their cushion to 3-1.
Bedrick's one-out single and stolen base was converted into a run in the sixth inning when Webb hit a two-out fly ball along the rightfield line that was dropped by senior second baseman Megan Clark.
Goodin followed in the next at-bat to launch a ball over the leftfield fence to give USI the 4-3 advantage, its first lead of the game.
Junior pitcher Elissa Brown (Brownsburg, Indiana), who came onto pitch in the sixth inning, was the beneficiary of the Eagles' three-run sixth inning. Brown (2-2) earned the win after holding the Lions to just one hit in 1.2 innings of work.
USI's season likely comes to an end with today's split as the Eagles were mathematically eliminated from being one of the top eight teams in the final GLVC standings.
• Bedrick finished the day with another strong performance at the plate. She went a combined 5-of-7 with three runs scored and three stolen bases after going a combined 5-of-6 with a pair of runs scored on Friday. She finished the regular season with a .434 batting average and 29 stolen bases.
• Goodin went 3-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBI in game two.
• Webb was honored following the game as part of USI's Senior Day festivities. Webb finishes her career with the Eagles with a .333 career batting average, five home runs and 64 RBI.
• Webb, a member of two NCAA II Tournament teams, was the last remaining player from USI's 2018 NCAA II Championship squad.