Softball Exhibition Tourney 9/27 & 9/28

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The Sycamore Level
Overally, a pretty good weekend for softball this past weekend at the Sycamore Challenge playing as a split squad on Saturday and with the full squad on Sunday. The Sycamores played without head coach Brenda Coldren - as her mother passed away during the week. There was a moment of silence before the first game Saturday morning which helped some in the crowd understand why she was not there. As split squads on Saturday, the Sycamores went 2-1-1 (drop dead time limit meant a lot of ties on the weekend) with the "White" squad beating Lake Land College and the "Blue" squad defeating St. Joseph's. The "White" were defeated by U of Indianapolis and the "Blue" tied Olney Central. Obviously, everyone on the roster was in on the action - and the newcomers look like they will contribute immediately. On Sunday, the Sycamores played Indiana, and lost 2-0 on two unearned runs, with both runs scoring in the same inning for the Hoosiers. Megan McCurdy pitched the first four innings, with Darcy Wood coming in relief and not allowing any more runs. Sycamores then tied Butler 4-4 with redshirt Freshman Abby Calloway getting the bulk of the pitching duties. Overall, the team looked like there are a lot of solid parts that should make a good unit by the spring. For the fall season, the Sycamores hit .316 as a team and had an ERA of 2.18. If those numbers come through to the spring, ISU will be in the thick of the MVC race. Nine different Sycamores hit .300 or better during the exhibition season - so hopefully the offense will be able to put up runs next spring.
Huge crowds at the field both days also - with the seating areas completely full and standing room only all around the backstops and out beyond the dugouts, which was nice to see. Hopefully, the softball team made some good money to help with their spring travel costs (as Coach Coldren has told me before that the gate from the fall is used in this manner).
My deepest sympathies to Coach Coldren and her family for their loss.