Fascinating games

Winning streak ends with a split at the Spring Games

WINTER HAVEN, Florida.—The UIndy softball team saw its 15-game winning streak end Tuesday in Florida. The fourth-placed Greyhounds started the day with a 5-1 victory over Saint Anselm before dropping a close decision to Le Moyne, 2-1.

GAME 1 | UIndy 5, Saint Anselme 1
For the second day in a row, the Greyhounds won a game-changing Grand Slam in the day’s opener. Less than 24 hours later Dominique Proctor delivered his first career salami against Dominican, receiver Lexy Rees followed suit with a four-run bomb in the fifth inning. The timely outburst broke a scoreless tie, tackling Sydie Foster (who had previously picked), Megan Nichols (single) and Emily O’Connor (walk) in the process.

The Hounds added another tally in the top of the sixth on an RBI brace from Proctor. The Hawks managed to break the shutout with a single unearned run in the sixth.

ace Kenzee Smith took his pitching record to 10-1 on the year, shaking off a career-high 14 in the all-game victory. Nichols finished with a record three hits.

Saint Anselm College is the defending NCAA DII East Region Champion. He was ranked No. 8 in the pre-season coaching poll but is currently outside the top 25.

GAME 2 | Le Moyne 2, UIndy 1
Tuesday’s capper was one of the most exciting games of the season so far. Trailing by two runs late in the sixth, the Hounds cut the lead in half with some clutch ABs. O’Connor got the ball rolling with a walk and was followed by two baggers from Rees to put two runs in scoring position. UIndy broke the seal on a Sydnie Perry sack fly, scoring a pinch runner Emma Routanbut ultimately locked Rees in second.

Still trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Greyhounds had one more chance to tie or win. Hanna Burris started the frame with a right-hand single to put the first batter on board. She was sacrificed at second base by S. Foster, but she would stay there as the next two batters were struck out.

Haylie Foster (10-1) suffered the loss in the circle – his first of the year – after allowing two runs and just three hits in 5 1/3 innings.

FOLLOWING

The Greyhounds get a day off on Wednesday before returning to the diamond on Thursday. UIndy will face Wayne State in the area at 2 p.m. ET, followed immediately by a matchup with Caldwell.

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