SIU tops Wichita State in opener, falls to Northern Iowa in quarterfinals.
No. 5 seed Salukis looking for first tournament title since 1991
Salukis and Sycamores to play single game Saturday, doubleheader Sunday
Southern closes home season with final non-conference tilt of 2013
SIU holds off Braves for 6-5 win in opener before rallying for 3-2 win in Game 2
Softball vs. Bradley
Softball vs. Missouri State (Game 3)
Softball vs. Missouri State
Softball vs. Wichita State (Game 3)
Softball vs. Wichita State
At Southern Illinois
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
Second-Team First-Team All-MVC
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.