Six earn presigious President's Council Academic Award
SIU searching for first tournament title since 1991
Spivey earns first-team honors, Bertelsen and Harre named to second team
SIU secures first-round bye in MVC tournament
SIU to host Senior Day on Saturday at conclusion of second game
SIU vs. Indiana State, 5/3/14, Senior Day
SIU at Wichita State, 4/27/14
SIU at Wichita State, 4/26/14
SIU vs. UNI 3/15/14
Softball vs. Bradley
At Southern Illinois
2014 / Senior
PITCHING: MVC ERA champ with a 2.27 ERA over 74.0 innings after not having pitched since high school ... Went 8-2 overall and a perfect 6-0 in MVC play in the circle ... Allowed two or fewer earned runs in 20 of 23 appearances ... Tied for the team lead with five home runs ... In all games, ranked first in the MVC in ERA (2.27), fifth in saves (2), second in games finished (17), first in fewest hits allowed (83), first in fewest runs allowed by 21 (30), first in fewest earned runs allowed (24), first in fewest walks allowed (20), second in fewest doubles allowed (11), first in fewest triples allowed (0), and first in fewest home runs allowed (4) ... In MVC play, ranked third in the MVC in ERA (2.62), fourth in fewest hits allowed (55), first in fewest runs allowed (22), first in fewest earned runs allowed (17), first in fewest walks allowed (11), first in fewest triples allowed (0), second in fewest home runs allowed (3), BATTING: Started all 52 games ... Third on the team with 30 RBIs ... Hit grand slams vs. Murray State (4/1) and Evansville (4/16) ... Third in the MVC in sac flies in MVC play (2) ... Reached base in 41 of 52 games.
2013 / Junior
Started all 52 games for the Salukis at first base...ranked third among SIU's everyday players with a .298 batting average...ranked second on the team with 51 hits...scored 27 runs and drove in 24 runs...ended the season on a career-best 14-game hitting streak... ranked second on the team with 18 extra-base hits, including a team-high 15 doubles...ranked third on the team with 12 multi-hit games...had three games with four RBI, including a grand slam March 16 against Drake...went 3-for-5 with four RBI against Appalachian State (Feb. 15)...recorded 326 putouts with 11 assists at first base, committing just two errors.
2012 / Sophomore
Started all 56 games for the Salukis at first base...ranked second on the team in hits (55) and RBI (34)...finished with a .316 batting average and a .408 slugging percentage...her 174 at-bats ranked second on the team...had a career day against Creighton (3/24), going 4-for-4 with three RBI on two home runs and a double...earned MVC Player of the Week honors on March 26 after her series against Creighton...had 13 games with multiple hits, including a stretch of four-straight...had 10 games with multiple RBI...recorded a .981 fielding percentage with 301 putouts.
2011 / Freshman
NFCA/Louisville Slugger Mideast All-Region
Bulldog Round-Robin All-Tournament Team
Had a strong rookie campaign as she appeared in 52 games with 50 starts, primarily at first base....held the team's second-best batting average at .345 as she led the team in doubles (10) and was second in home runs (10)...her 10 home runs ranks eighth in a single season in SIU history...led the MVC with 49 RBI, which ranks third in SIU history...held a team high .627 slugging percentage and second best on-base percentage at .447...maintained a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage on the season...scored 24 runs and drew 24 walks...had two or more hits in 11 games and had two or more RBI in 15 games...had a career-best five RBI against Bradley (April 10).
At Cobden High School
Helped the Lady AppleKnockers to three state championships from 2007-10...named Co-Southern Illinoisan Player of the Year and first team All-State in each of those three seasons as well as All-Conference, All-South all four years...named to the Chicago Tribune All-State First Team...complied a 41-5 record as a pitcher with a 1.11 ERA as a senior...held a batting average over .400 for the last three seasons including a .485 average in her senior season and a .505 average as a junior.
Full name is Taylor Mackenzie Orsburn...majoring in sport management...daughter of Rusty and Tina Orsburn...born Feb. 24, 1992.