Softball Sweeps Bradley To Open Charlotte West Stadium & MVC Play Saturday

    March 15, 2003

    Carbondale, Ill. - Katie Jordan and Katie Louis each hit home runs and Amy Harre won two games to lead Southern Illinois University (13-3, 2-0 MVC) to a sweep over Bradley (4-12, 0-2 MVC) in the first two games ever played at Charlotte West Stadium - Rochman Field Saturday.

    SIU beat the Braves 9-0 in five innings in game one due to the eight-run rule and scored two runs in its final at bat to win game two 3-2 and complete the sweep on the historic first day of Charlotte West Stadium - Rochman Field.

    "Wow! I was happy with the way we came out and attacked the ball today. We have good hitters and the kids did a good job today especially in the first game," said Kerri Blaylock, SIU head coach.

    "It's very important to win games at home and I told the kids we need to focus on winning these first three games to get off to a good start in the conference. It's very important to start the MVC season 2-0. You have to win at home and try to get as many on the road as you can. We want a sweep this weekend."

    In game one, SIU erupted for six runs on six hits with two outs in the third inning to take control of the game. Lindsey Bonnell singled to start the inning and Jenny Doehring singled to drive Bonnell in for the first run. Adie viefhaus followed with a single and Jordan hit her team-leading fifth home run, a three-run shot, to give SIU a 4-0 lead. Kelly Creek followed with a single and then Louis hit her third home run, a two-run shot, to give SIU a 6-0 lead. In the fourth inning, Bonnell led off with a another single and scored on an error. Doehring drove in Kendra Moore with a sacrifice fly and Tara Glasco singled to drive in Haley Viefhaus for a 9-0 lead. Harre struck out two batters looking and forced a groundout in the top of the fifth inning to win the shortened game.

    In the second game, the Salukis broke a scoreless tie when Adie Viefhaus tripled down the rightfield line to score Samantha Carter in the fifth inning for a 1-0 lead. Bradley evened the score in the bottom of the sixth inning after a double, sacrifice and a single. Harre then came on in relief of Renee Mueller (5.1 innings, six hits, two runs) and allowed a single which gave the Braves a 2-1 lead.

    SIU came right back with two runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead. Carter singled to lead off the inning and scored on a Jordan single five batters later. With two outs and the bases loaded, Louis walked to drive in Katie Kloess for what would be the winning run. Harre shut down Bradley in the seventh inning for the win.

    Harre (7-2) picked up both wins for on Saturday. She started game one and threw five scoreless innings and allowed two hits and a walk while striking out seven to win 9-0 in the first game at Charlotte West Stadium. She relieved Mueller in game two and picked up the win when SIU scored two runs in its final at bat to take a 3-2 lead. Harre didn't allow a run in the seventh to win her second game. She struck out one and walked in 1.2 innings of relief.

    "Amy (Harre) threw great today. She dominated the first game and then came in during a tough spot in relief in game two and Bradley got a hit to take the lead. She came back and shut the door to close it out in great fashion in the seventh and picked up two wins. She picked Renee (Mueller) up today to get two wins and Renee did the same for her in Alabama. That's what having a good staff is all about," Blaylock stated.

    SIU will wrap up the Bradley series, the first ever at Charlotte West Stadium - Rochman Field, with a single game on Sunday at 12 p.m.

    Additional Quotes:

    Sophomore Pitcher Amy Harre

    "It was such a great feeling to get that first strikeout and win here at the stadium. It was awesome but it's a team effort and they scored the runs and play defense so the credit goes to everybody. We were all here earlier that we normally are and we were excited to play a game here. I had some nerves but after the first pitch I just settled into the game. I was happy to get two wins but it's a long season and it takes a staff effort. I was there today to get the two wins but Renee (Mueller) and Katie (Kloess) will be there to pick me up when I have an off day and I'll be there for them."

    Senior Outfielder Kendra Moore

    "We were all really motivated and ready to play today. We wanted to win two games and we came out really focused. Playing on this field is a whole different world. We didn't take softball or the old field for granted before, but we have such a nice place and we really want to take advantage of the new stadium and give back to the people who donated to this stadium. It was awesome to win two games today, especially coming back in the second game. What a great way to end the day."