Illini score two unearned in the extra frame
SIU falls 10-6 in Saturday's opener but bounces back for 9-3 win in series finale
Redbirds erase seven-run deficit in 7th inning, but SIU holds on for first MVC win
Salukis add two local products, two Tennessee products
Will consist of five Tuesday evening sessions at Charlotte West Stadium
Softball vs. Bradley
Softball vs. Bradley (Senior Day)
Softball vs. Missouri State (Game 3)
Softball vs. Missouri State
Softball vs. Wichita State (Game 3)
Updated Jan. 23, 2013
Jen Sewell enters her fifth year at Southern Illinois University and her third season as the associate head coach. Sewell serves as the team's hitting coach while also working with infield and catchers. Additionally, Sewell works SIU camps and clinics and assists in recruiting and opponent scouting.
SIU has consistently been one of the top hitting teams in the Missouri Valley Conference under Sewell's instruction, finishing third or better in team batting average in each of her four seasons. The Salukis' team batting average has improved each year with Sewell on the staff, elevating from .264 her first season in 2009 to .290 in 2012.
The Salukis have proven to also be the league's most patient team under Sewell's tutelage. SIU finished with the most walks in the MVC in each of the last four seasons, including a program-record 228 walks in 2012, in addition to finishing with the fewest strikeouts in 2012 and 2011. The Salukis have also finished in the Valley's top three in slugging percentage, on-base percentage and RBI in each of the last three seasons.
2012 was a banner year for the Saluki offense as SIU led the league in on-base percentage, runs, hits and walks and ranked second in batting average and RBI. SIU's 307 runs in 2012 broke a school record and ranks fourth in MVC history. The Salukis' .290 batting average in 2012 was the program's best since 1997.
Mallory Duran-Sellers was named the 2012 MVC Player of the Year and Allie VadeBoncouer earned First-Team All-MVC honors in 2012 thanks in part to their offensive production. Duran-Sellers set an MVC record with 61 runs scored and also ranked third in the league in batting average, hits and on-base percentage. VadeBoncouer tied the school record with a league-leading 51 RBI and also finished second in the MVC in on-base percentage.
SIU also had a solid year offensively in 2011 under Sewell, finishing second in the league in batting average, on-base percentage, runs scored and RBI. Duran-Sellers had a First-Team All-Conference season, posting the third-most hits in SIU history (65), with the fifth-best batting average in school annals (.398).
Sewell earned a championship ring in 2010 as the Salukis took the MVC regular season title and finished second at the conference tournament with Sewell and the SIU coaching staff earning MVC Coaching Staff of the Year laurels. Sewell helped mentor the battery of MVC Pitcher of the Year Danielle Glosson and Second-Team All-MVC catcher Cristina Trapani.
Prior to SIU, Sewell spent five seasons at Kansas (2004-2008), as a hitting and infield coach. Sewell helped coach KU to its first-ever Big 12 postseason championship and second straight NCAA Regional appearance in 2006. She also guided the Jayhawk defense to a program-best .973 fielding percentage, which ranked 14th in the nation in 2005. That same year, Sewell coached the team to a single-season home run record and single-season fielding percentage record of .973 which ranked No. 14 in the nation. Sewell coached Big 12 Player of the Year and Second Team All-American Serena Settlemier to single-season marks for home runs and slugging percentage while becoming KU's fastest assistant coach to reach 100 wins.
Sewell got her start as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Princeton for four seasons. During her four seasons at Princeton, Sewell coached seven All-Ivy League selections, an Ivy League Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, as well as a two-time Ivy Pitcher of the Year. During the 2002 season, the Tigers set a program record for single season wins earning Speedline/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Coaching Staff of the Year (Northeast Region). Under Sewell's direction, Princeton won back-to-back Ivy League championships and made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003.
In addition to her softball background, Sewell was also the co-founder of the Women's Intersport Network (WIN) of Southern Illinois. She currently serves as president and sits on the board of directors for WIN.
Sewell was a four-year letterwinner in softball as an infielder and catcher at Ohio University from 1996-2000, and earned her master's degree in sport management at SIU in 2011.