Salukis split opening day at Dot Richardson Invitational

    Southern Illinois tops Chattanooga, falls to Virginia Tech in opening day of 2013 season.

    Southern Illinois tops Chattanooga, falls to Virginia Tech in opening day of 2013 season.
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    Feb. 8, 2013

    CLERMONT, Fla.-- The Southern Illinois University softball team opened the 2013 season Friday at the Dot Richardson National Collegiate Invitational.

    The Salukis recorded a win against Chattanooga in their season opener at the National Training Center Softball Complex before falling to Virginia Tech.

    SIU 6, Chattanooga 3  Box Score

    The Salukis topped Chattanooga 6-2 to start the afternoon. Brittney Lang was a force in the circle pitching a complete game for Southern Illinois. The senior struck out five batters in the Salukis first win of the season.

    Chattanooga brought their bats out early scoring one run in the second inning and following suit in the third, taking a two-run lead over SIU. Southern answered in the fifth when Kelsey Gonzalez singled to bring in Kalyn Harker for the first run of the game. Morgan Barchan repeated the series singling to bring Gonzalez around to the plate, tying the game.

    Southern raked in the runs in the sixth inning to edge out the Lady Mocs. Taylor Orsburn sent a shot up the middle to kick-off the inning. The Salukis capitalized on Chattanooga errors and a late-inning double by Kaylyn Harker to pick up four more runs and lead the game 6-3.The Salukis put away their opponents quickly in the seventh inning to close out the win.

    Virginia Tech 4, Southern Illinois 2  Box Score 

    Southern Illinois and Virginia Tech met for the first time ever Friday during the last game of opening day. The Hokies wasted no time recording their first run of the game in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.

    The third inning saw more Virginia Tech runs as the Hokies laid down two singles and a double to record three more runs, which would be their final of the game.

    The Salukis struggled to drive in a run remaining scoreless until the fifth inning. Meredith Wilson led off the inning working a walk to be brought in by a Kalyn Harker single for the lone run of the inning. 

    Southern found its rhythm in the seventh inning, challenging Virginia Tech down to the last out. SIU loaded the bases for two batters but only was able to bring in one more run, stranding the remaining runners on base. The Salukis closed out the game with two runs for a 4-2 loss.

    With a 1-1 start to the season, the Salukis will be back in action tomorrow as they take on Fordham University at 12:30 p.m. CT.