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Glenn throws out runner at home to keep deficit at one run, then scores game-winning run from first base
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
March 25-26, 2016
Saluki Softball at Lion Classic; Feb. 12-14, 2016
SIU vs. Indiana State, May 7, 2015 in MVC Tournament
SIU vs. Bradley; March 15-16, 2015
SIU at Puerto Vallarta College Challenge; Feb. 26-28, 2015; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Jen Sewell enters her eighth year at Southern Illinois University 2016 and her sixth 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.
Sewell has transformed SIU into one of the best hitting teams in the MVC. SIU has led the league in walks in five of her six seasons as a full-time assistant coach and been in the top three in hitting four times. In addition, Southern had the fewest strikeouts in the league in both 2011 and 2012, while the .290 team batting average in 2012 was the highest for the program in 15 seasons.
Sewell's hitters have earned 13 first-team All-MVC selections, 16 second-team All-MVC selections and 12 MVC All-Tournament Team selections. In 2010, Sewell helped the Salukis win the regular-season MVC championship and was a member of the conference's Staff of the Year. In 2012, Sewell coached Mallory Duran-Sellers to MVC Most Valuable Player honors after the senior set an MVC record with 61 runs scored and posted a .363 batting average, .502 on-base percentage and .503 slugging percentage.
In the seven seasons since Sewell's arrival at SIU prior to the 2009 season, Southern Illinois has been in the top three of the MVC in slugging percentage five times, RBIs five times, and on-base percentage six times. The top two RBI producers in SIU history, Jayna Spivey and Taylor Orsburn, both played all four years under Sewell's direction before graduating after the 2014 season. Both players rank in the top-10 in MVC history for career RBIs.
In 2015, Kalyn Harker led the conference with a .466 batting average against league competition and was named first-team All-MVC, first-team Academic All-America, and the MVC's Dr. Charlotte West Aware recipient, which goes to the female student-athlete in the MVC who best exemplifies excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
Southern led the league in on-base percentage for a sixth-straight year in 2014 and scored the second-most runs in the league. The squad broke a program record with 78 doubles on the season, and Spivey earned her fourth-straight All-MVC honor. Freshman Shaye Harre earned second-team All-MVC honors after hitting .329 and recording 43 RBIs, second-most among freshmen in SIU history.
In 2013, SIU finished first in the MVC in runs scored with 274 and RBIs with 252. Under Sewell's direction, Morgan Barchan was named first-team All-Conference after recording 62 hits to tie for first in the Valley, becoming the first-ever Saluki to lead the league in hits. Jayna Spivey was also named a first-team selection after a productive offensive season tying the MVC lead with 44 RBI and ranking second in the league with 38 runs scored.
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. Sewell served as a volunteer assistant in the 2009 season before joining the staff full time in 2010.
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-elect and sits on the board of directors for WIN.
Sewell was a four-year letter winner 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.
Updated Jan. 22, 2016