After Indiana State opened Wednesday’s doubleheader with a 6-3 win, the University of Evansville softball team erupted for 12 runs in the finale to split the doubleheader with a 12-4 triumph at Cooper Stadium.
Eryn Gould finished the doubleheader with two home runs while hitting .714. Included in that was a 4-for-4 effort in game two. Marah Wood and Katie McLean each had three hits over the course of the doubleheader while McLean and Mea Adams added home runs for UE (19-17, 7-10 MVC).
Izzy Vetter sat the Sycamores (16-20, 9-8 MVC) down in order to open the game before Eryn Gould hit the second pitch she saw out of the park for her 8th home run of the season. In the third, Indiana State countered when Mycaela Miller hit a solo homer to tie it up. They threatened as the inning moved along, but stranded the bases loaded. ISU had another chance with two on base in the fourth, but Izzy Vetter pitched out of the jam.
Vetter’s work paid off in the bottom half of the frame when Katie McLean hit a home run to deep center field. Sycamore centerfielder Olivia Patton came within inches of making the catch, but in the end, it was a 2-run homer to put Evansville back on top. Just as they did earlier in the game, the Sycamores had an answer when Annie Tokarek homered in the 6th to knot the score at 3-3. In the top of the seventh, Amanda Guercio gave ISU the lead with an RBI single to center. The Sycamores added two more in the frame and held on for the 6-3 win. Tokarek had two hits and three RBI to lead ISU while McLean and Gould had the homers for UE. Vetter gave up six runs on nine hits while striking out seven.
Similar to game one, the Aces found the scoreboard first. After Eryn Gould led the game off with a hit, she came home on a stand-up double from Marah Wood. Katie McLean also had an RBI hit in the inning to give UE a 2-0 advantage. Bella Coffey added an RBI double in the second to tack on another run. With one out, Gould picked up her second hit of the game and second home run of the doubleheader to push the edge to 5-0.
Indiana State got on the board with a run in the fourth before a double down the right field line by Amanda Guercio cut the UE lead to 5-3 an inning later. Just when it looked like Indiana State had the momentum, Mea Adams took it away with one swing. Her 2-run shot extended the lead back to four runs. After ISU scored one in the sixth, Evansville’s offense continued to put the pressure on as Jessica Fehr had an RBI triple while Marah Wood added a run scoring single. That started the Aces on a 5-run rally that put an end to the contest in walk-off fashion as a bases-loaded single by Haley Woolf capped off a 12-4 win. The 12 runs was the second-most for the Aces this season – just behind 13 against Alabama State on February 20.
Pitching five frames, Jaime Nurrenbern earned her sixth win of the season. She allowed three earned runs on five hits. Erin Kleffman tossed the final inning, with an unearned run crossing the plate. Gould was 4-4 in the game while Wood added three hits. Fehr, McLean and Adams registered two hits apiece.
Home play continues this weekend when Evansville welcomes Illinois State for three games starting with a doubleheader on Saturday.