Meredith Wilson recorded a sixth inning grand slam to put the Salukis up 4-0.
Feb. 9, 2013
By Robin Thuringer
CLERMONT, Fla.-- The Southern Illinois University softball team (2-1) had a dynamic sixth inning Saturday that included a grand slam and triple play to shut-down Fordham University (2-1) at the Dot Richardson Invitational, 4-0.
“I don’t think we came out great on offense but as the game went along we got more settled in and I am really proud of how we kept our composure and played with a lot of confidence,” said SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock.
The Salukis got off to a slow start offensively compiling only three hits in five innings of play. Taylor Orsburn kicked off the active sixth inning with a single followed by a shot to left field from Allie VadeBoncouer.
Kalyn Harker kept the momentum going with a single to load the bases for Meredith Wilson. Wilson found her pitch and sent it straight over the center field fence for a grand slam, putting the Salukis up 4-0 late in the game.
Southern entered the bottom of the sixth inning holding Fordham run-less. The Rams worked the plate loading the bases on two hits and a walk. Christina Siesta came up for Fordham and hit a liner to Kelsea Ashton at third base. Ashton nabbed the ball on the fly and stepped on the bag, catching the runner off guard and threw a straight shot to second base for a triple play.
“I thought we had some really got at bat’s in the sixth inning before we broke it open,” Blaylock said. “Coming up with a triple play, obviously, is really good.”
“It is one thing we have tried to hammer home to get our pitching and defense shored up and I think the kids are working really hard and the more games we play the more confident they will get and the better we will get,” Blaylock said.
“I respect the Fordham program a lot and I think it was a good win for us this early,” Blaylock said.
Southern Illinois will wrap-up the Dot Richardson Invitational tomorrow playing LIU Brooklyn at 8 a.m. CT followed by a rematch with Virginia Tech at 10 a.m. CT.