Six HR's propel Indy to sweep
Keltz becomes Greyhounds' all-time HR leader
ROMEOVILLE, Ill.- Jamie Keltz broke the all-time home run record for No. 21 Indianapolis, and the Greyhounds pounded six home runs in a 9-0 and 11-2 sweep of No. 18 Lewis. Lewis (28-9, 17-3 GLVC) suffered just its second and third conference losses of the season and saw its 14-game win streak come to an end.
In the first game, Indianapolis got on the scoreboard early with a run in the top of the second inning. Jessica Breeden led the frame off with a double to right, and came home on an RBI single to centerfield by Kelsey Rummel.
The Greyhounds pushed its lead to 4-0 three innings later, when pitcher Jennifer DeMotte helped her own cause by sending a three-run shot over the left-center fence.
Indy picked up two more runs later that inning, with back-to-back hits by Cori Eckerle and Breeden putting runners on second and third. DeVyn Barker sent a ball to the third-base side that was misplayed, allowing both Eckerle and Breeden to score.
Keltz then led off the sixth inning with a solo shot to centerfield to extend the Greyhounds' lead to 7-0. The homer was Keltz's 37th of her career, making her the program's new career home run leader.
With the bases loaded later in the frame, Breeden sent a single through the left side to score both DeMotte and Hanebrink, pushing the score to 9-0.
DeMotte (17-4) earned the win, tossing a two-hitter to shutout the Flyers. She struck out six, and was also 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs at the plate. Breeden also finished the game 3-for-3 at the dish, with two runs scored and two RBIs in the contest.
Diana Pickrum was tagged with her first loss in her last 12 appearances for the Flyers. Pickrum (13-2) allowed six runs, four earned, and nine hits while striking out seven.
The latter game turned out to be a continuation of the first. Eckerle put UIndy up early again with a one-out, solo home run to centerfield in the top of the second inning.
Lewis plated its first run of the day in the bottom of the fourth inning. Stephanie Harmon led off with a double to centerfield, and her pinch runner was brought home on a single up the middle by Kayla Smith two batters later.
A fielding error with the bases loaded and no one out in the top of the fifth led to two more Greyhound runs, and, one batter later, DeMotte added three more on her second three-run homer of the day.
Lewis plated a lone run in the fifth to cut the Greyhound lead to four. Keltz answered in the top of the sixth with her second homer of the day, a two-run shot to right center that extended Indy's lead to 8-2. Eckerle added another run in the seventh on her second homer of the day, another solo shot, pushing the score to 9-2. Rummel later added a two-run single to make the final score 11-2.
Lauren Edwards (7-4) earned the complete-game victory for Indy, surrendering both earned runs on five hits while striking out four. Keltz finished the game 2-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBIs while Eckerle went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Karissa Habel (10-3) struck out five but surrendered 11 runs and 12 hits in seven innings.
Keltz now holds the Indianapolis' career records for home runs, hits, runs scored, at bats and stolen bases. She is second in the UIndy career listings in RBIs and is in the top-five in both career doubles and triples.
Eckerle, DeMotte and Breeden hit for a combined .571 (12-for-21) with four home runs, 10 RBIs and nine runs scored in the two games.