UIndy overcomes being no-hit in Game 1 vs. Lewis with home-run pop in Game 2
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. -- UIndy was saddled with its first two-game losing streak of the season this week after Lewis sophomore Kelly Bowler fired a no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. But after falling 2-0 to the host Flyers in the opener, the No. 1-ranked Greyhounds (46-4, 26-2 GLVC) bounced back with three home runs on the way to a 7-3 victory in the second game.
Bowler's performance was not the cleanest of no-nos; four Lewis errors, three walks and a wild pitch were scattered throughout game. In fact, Taylor Russell was initially credited with a base hit in the fifth inning that was later changed to an error.
Nevertheless, the Greyhounds were held off the scoreboard for the first time in nearly a year. The Hounds were last shut out in last season's NCAA regional -- a 2-0 lost to Northern Kentucky.
And for the first time in more than 15 years, Lewis defeated the No. 1 team in the nation, then a 2-1, 3-2 doubleheader sweep of Wisconsin-Parkside on April 2, 1997. It is also the first no-hitter by a Flyers pitcher since Karissa Habel threw a nine-inning, no-no in a 3-0 win against Bellarmine on May 1, 2011.
"From the top to the bottom of the bottom of their line-up, Indianapolis has no weaknesses and they have great pitching," Lewis head softball coach George DiMatteo said. "Kelly Bowler pitched a magnificent game. I don't know what more you can say about her performance [Saturday].
"It was a good day. Any time you can beat Indianapolis at home, or on the road, it's quite an accomplishment."
In seven innings of work, Bowler (13-7) struck out six batters and stranded seven Greyhound runners on the base paths.
Casey Williamson, who finished the game with a pair of walks, a stolen base and an outfield assist, was the only Greyhound to safely reach third base.
In addition, senior Jennifer DeMotte (22-1) picked up her first pitching loss of the season after allowing two runs (one earned) in five-plus innings of work.
The Flyers scored the first run of the day on a RBI single by freshman catcher Kimmy Teats in the fourth inning. Lewis tacked on an insurance run in the sixth inning on a throwring error by UIndy third baseman Kelsey Rummel.
In her first at bat of the capper, Russell left no doubt in the scoring decision when she belted a solo homer over the left-center wall. She later cranked a three-run bomb in the fifth inning for her fifth home run in the past eight days.
Bailey Wittenauer also had a three-run dinger, as she followed walks by DeMotte and Alexa Alfaro with an opposite-field shot.
Wittenauer, Williamson and Russell all sport double-digit home run totals, marking the first time that three Greyhounds have hit 10 or more homers in the same season.
Morgan Foley (24-3) picked up the win in the circle. She fanned 10 batters and walked none in the complete-game effort.
Ali Brems, who had a two-run double at the plate for Lewis, had her seven-game winning streak come to an end in the circle. Brems (12-6) allowed seven runs and seven hits in seven innings, while striking out nine batters.
Lewis senior shortstop Michelle Vucsko led Lewis (25-13 and 19-7 GLVC) offensively with two hits.
Lewis Athletics contributed to this report.