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ROUNDUP: ISU softball falls 2-1 in series opener

Mar. 29—Indiana State lost 2-1 to visiting Belmont on Friday afternoon in a Missouri Valley Conference softball series opener at Price Field.

Lauren Sackett pitched a complete game for the Sycamores but gave up a two-run single in the top of the sixth inning that broke a scoreless tie.

Isabelle Henning homered in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead in half, but ISU got no closer.

Abi Chipps, Abby Robakowski and Sophie Esposito also had hits for the Sycamores, who host the second game of the series at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Elsewhere in college softball:

—Pomeroys split — At Pittsburgh, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods began its River States Conference weekend road trip Friday by splitting at Point Park, losing 4-2 before winning 9-3.

SMWC is now 17-11, 10-4 in conference play, while Point Park is 11-13 and 5-9.

Jasey Conn was 2 for 3 with a homer and a double and Annika Hannigan was 2 for 4 with three RBI and Hannah Boardman had a two-run single in the second-game win.

Jasmine Kinzer drove in both runs in the first game with a homer and a single while Ruby Gray was 2 for 2 and Naveah Pender and Lyric Krause were both 2 for 4. The Pomeroys play Saturday at Ohio Christian.

—Engineers also go 1-1 — At Rose-Hulman, the Engineers split a Thursday doubleheader with Greenville, losing 11-3 before winning 2-0.

Phoebe Worstell pitched a shutout and also had an RBI single in the second game, while Kennedy Michnewicz broke a scoreless tie with a homer. Jessica Newsom homered for Rose in the first game.

Rose-Hulman is now 10-8 and hosts Spalding on Thursday.

Prep softball

—Terre Haute North 19, Shakamak 1 — At Jasonville, a nine-run second inning started the Patriots toward a five-inning victory Friday.

The Patriots got two homers from Kylie Lloyd, one from Kara Salmon and an inside-the-park homer from Madi Strange. Lloyd drove in three runs; Strange was 3 for 5 with three runs and two RBI; Salmon drove in three runs; Kenzie Zigler was 2 for 4 with a double; Emma Morrison was 3 for 3 with three RBI; Kyleigh Walker was 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBI; and Paige Litzenich was 2 for 3 with two RBI.

Now 1-1, North hosts Sullivan on Monday.

Prep baseball

—Arrows pitch two shutouts — Sullivan opened its 2024 season by winning a pair of shutouts, 16-0 at North Knox on Thursday and 2-0 at home against Washington on Friday.

Ty Hamilton pitched four innings and Will Brooks three hitless innings on Friday, when Jaden Norris was 2 for 3 with a double and triple and Isaak Osborn also 2 for 3.

On Thursday, Norris struck out six in three hitless innings and also had a double, two runs and two RBI. Spencer Hanks was 3 for 4 with three RBI; Hunter Mason 2 for 3 with four RBI; Marcus Roshel 2 for 3 with three runs; Osborn 1 for 3 with a double and two runs; and Hamilton 1 for 2 with two RBI.

—Robinson 14, OPH 1 — At Hutsonville, Ill., the Maroons beat their county rival on Thursday.

Derek Steward was 3 for 3 with a double and two runs; Elijah Robb 2 for 3 with a homer, two runs and four RBI; Julian Parker 2 for 4 with a double and four RBI; Cole Weber 1 for 3 with a homer, two runs and three RBI; and Gunner Hoalt 1 for 2 with a double and two RBI for the winners.

Prep basketball

—Futures picked — The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association has picked 24 freshmen and sophomores to play in the 2024 All-Star Futures Game.

Chosen from the South team were freshman Hannah Menser of Plainfield and sophomore Brooklynn Renn of Silver Creek.

College track

—ISU sweeps honors — Logan Pietrzak and Elias Foor of Indiana State swept Missouri Valley Conference Men's Athlete of the Week awards.

Pietrzak won the steeplechase at the Ole Miss Classic and Foor set personal records in both discus and hammer throw at the same meet.

Indiana State competed Friday and will continue Saturday at the EIU Big Blue Classic in Charleston, Illinois.

—Edwards wins triple jump — At Indianapolis, Javian Edwards of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods won triple jump and reached the NAIA standard on Thursday at the Marian Knights Open.

The SMWC teams travel to the Wabash College Huntsman Family Invitational on April 6.

Men's volleyball

—Lawrence Tech 3, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods 1 — At Southfield, Mich., the visiting Pomeroys lost a Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference match Friday by scores of 23-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-18 and will play the same team again Saturday.

Marko Zolnjan had 12 kills for the Pomeroys, now 14-13 and 2-11.