ISU softball: Bengals’ bats heat up in Saturday sweep of Sac State
For the second consecutive weekend, the Idaho State softball team took two of three games to claim a Big Sky Conference series win.
After dropping Friday’s 3-2, 12-inning series opener, the Bengals rallied on Saturday to sweep the doubleheader, beating Sacramento state 6-3 and 9-0 in five innings.
The Bengals (10-27, 5-7 Big Sky) had 18 hits and hit .391 on the day. Frankie Tago and Kelsey Breer led the attack as each went 3 for 5 from the plate. Tago had two RBIs, while Breer had one RBI and scored three runs.
Nine different Bengals had hits and seven players had two hits or more. Ashlyn Ames and Aubrey Creekmore each had a home run and Shayna Dahlen had four RBIs and two hits.
“We knew Sac State was going to come out and go for the series win when we saw they were pitching their ace,” Idaho State coach Candi Letts said. “We got down, but we settled in and we picked pitches that we knew we could hit hard. We got on a roll and our confidence came way up. We were like, ‘Hey, we are not going to lose.’ We just took one pitch at a time and hit the pitch we wanted and hit it hard.”
Ashlyn Ames earned the shutout in the series finale, tossing a complete five-inning game, allowing two hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Ames pitched all 12 innings of Friday’s matchup
Mariah Mulcahy earned the win in Saturday’s opener, pitching a complete game, allowing seven hits, three runs, four walks and two strikeouts.
“Our team made good decisions on defense,” Letts said. “Offensively, we got the balls that fell in today. Today the balls fell in and found some grass. Like any team, when you get a domino effect, it is awesome. We got on a hot streak and stayed hot.”
In the first game, ISU trailed 3-0 after the top of the fourth inning. Creekmore started a three-run inning in the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer to left field.
“That broke the ice for us,” Letts said. “All of a sudden, we started barreling up the ball and the girls got confident and were aggressive.”
Haley Harrison then singled and Ames walked. Tago followed with an RBI single to right field. Later in the inning, Breer had an RBI single to left field.
The Bengals scored two runs in the fifth inning thanks to a two-run homer to left field by Ames. ISU added another run in the sixth on an RBI single to left field by Dahlen.
In the 9-0 win, Idaho State scored three runs in the second inning, two in the third and four in the fourth to earn the five-inning victory.
In the second inning, Dahlen had a two-RBI double down the left-field line. Dahlen later scored on a throwing error to give ISU the 3-0 lead after the second inning.
In the third inning, Genesis Zamora had a two-RBI double down the right-field line that scored Breer and Cassidy FitzGerald.
In the fourth, Ames led off with a double to right-center and Tago followed with a single to right-center that scored Kelsie Cota, who was pinch-running for Ames. FitzGerald had an RBI single and Dahlen had a sacrifice RBI. Breer, who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning, scored on a Sac State throwing error for the final run of the inning.
“When we got down, we battled,” Letts said. “We found a way to be competitive, be in the game and give ourselves a chance to win. Today, they battled and got some balls.”
Idaho State plays its next three-game series April 20-21 at Weber State.