EAST PEORIA, Ill. – Fourth-ranked Indianapolis won its first Great Lakes Valley Conference championship Sunday, as top-seeded UIndy took an 8-0, five-inning win against No. 2 seed Illinois-Springfield at the EastSide Centre.
UIndy had previously been in the GLVC championship game just once before when the Greyhounds fell 7-5 to Ashland in the 1990 title game.
Top-seeded UIndy (49-7) put three runs up in the top of the second, behind the power of the longball. Samantha Krcelich sent the first ball out, a solo shot to leftfield, with one out in the UIndy second. Krcelich’s homer was her team-leading ninth of the year.
Cori Eckerle put two more runs on the board four batters later, sending another ball out over the leftfield fence. Eckerle’s blast, good for her sixth of the year, also scored Alexa Alfaro, who reached via a single through the right side.
The Greyhounds added a couple more in the top of the third, with Kelsey Rummel opening the inning with a single to left. She stole second, and came home on a double to left center by Casey Williamson. Williamson also scored a batter later on a single down the rightfield line off the bat of Jennifer DeMotte.
Krcelich’s second homer of the day was a three-run shot that plated both DeMotte and Sydney Russell. It pushed the score to 8-0 UIndy in the top of the fifth.
DeMotte (34-5) earned the win in the circle, tossing five innings of one-hit softball. The shutout was the 17th of the year for the junior, who struck out nine in the victory. Krcelich had four RBI, two runs scored and went 2 for 3 at the plate to lead the Greyhounds.