Times Sports Editor
The college baseball season has gotten heated up in a hurry for Indiana State junior Brady Shoemaker.
After a slow start for the team, Shoemaker exploded in the second game of a doubleheader against the College of Charleston on March 15.
The Sycamore designated hitter erupted for a seven-RBI game in a 26-20 slugfest victory on Saturday evening.
Shoemaker went 4-for-6 at the plate, including a grand slam and scored three runs for ISU in a win over the 13-6 Cougars. He also had his fifth double of the year and was one of a school-record seven hit batters for the Sycamores.
In the opening game of the doubleheader, Indiana State dropped a 9-4 decision, but Shoemaker had a 2-for-4 effort at the plate with a run scored while playing leftfield.
In Sunday's series finale, a 6-3 Sycamore victory, Shoemaker was 1-for-4 in leftfield and scored another run in the cleanup spot in the order.
The Sycamores are 4-10 overall this season, all on the road.
Shoemaker's former teammate at Olney Central, T.J. King, has taken his talents to the University of Arkansas Little-Rock.
King has gotten six starts with the Trojans and has seen action in 10 of the team's 16 baseball games.
King has hit .238 this season with five hits in 21 at-bats thus far and has scored one run while driving in four runs. King, a junior who competed at Olney Central Junior College his first two seasons, also walked three times and has a sacrifice.
The Trojans are coming off an 18-6 win against Florida International at Miami, Fla. and are 4-12 overall.
Two driving forces behind Northview's softball success the past several seasons have joined Indiana State's softball program this year.
Brittaney Searing and Stephanie Jonson are in their first year with the Sycamores' team that has gotten off to an 8-11 start on the road.
Searing has gotten one start this year and has played in three games while Jonson has appeared on the mound twice.
Searing has two hits in five at-bats this year.
To this point, Searing's highlight has been an RBI single against Kansas on March 9 against Kansas as well as a 1-for-3 game against Central Arkansas on March 11.
The Sycamores are slated to play their first home games of the year on Wednesday when Butler comes calling for a doubleheader at 2 p.m.
At Indiana University, the Hoosiers have struggled to a 5-16 mark this year after returning from a trip to Florida.
The offense has been a big reason for those troubles, having been shutout in five of the last seven games.
Senior Kari Bettenbrock, a Clay City graduate, has played in 11 games with six starts. She has hit .095 overall with two hits in 21 at-bats, but does have a game-winning homerun to her credit with two RBIs.
The Hoosiers begin the home portion of their schedule on Thursday when they host Drake. Indiana then has games with Louisville and Illinois-Chicago on Friday.
The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Pomeroys won two of three softball games recently.
The Pomeroys took a 12-1 win over Oakland City and a 3-1 decision as well, but lost a 5-1 contest on the road to DePauw as well as a pair of games against Illinois-Springfield.
Clay City's Chelsee Gerber went 3-for-4 in the double-digit win against Oakland City with two runs scored and two RBIs. Gerber also had a hit against Illinois-Springfield.
Northview graduate Kayla Raderstorf has also seen time for Rend Lake this Spring though statistics were unavailable.