Feb. 9, 2014
SAN MARCOS, Texas— The Southern Illinois softball team dropped two games Sunday afternoon at the Century Link Classic.
Southern fell to Ball State in the morning before dropping its contest with host Texas State.
SIU 4, Ball State 5
Game One Box Score
SIU’s (2-1) first runs of the game came in the third inning. Sophomore Kelsey Gonzalez led off the inning with a single. Michelle Glenn and Shaye Harre followed Gonzalez, reaching base on a walk. Jayna Spivey reached first base and drove in two runs courtesy of a Ball State error to give Southern a 2-0 lead.
The Cardinals (3-0) tied the game up in the same inning converting one hit and two walks into two runs.
Sophomore pinch hitter Caylee Cook led off in the fourth inning, recording her first career homerun to put the Salukis up 3-2. Cook stayed hot leading off the sixth inning with a standup double. Freshman Merri Anne Patterson pinch ran for Cook and scored with the help of a walk from Michelle Glenn and a passed ball by BSU.
Ball State didn’t stay quiet, answering the run with a lead off homerun followed by a double off the right field wall. With the late-game surge by the Cardinals, Taylor Orsburn entered to relieve Bertelsen in the circle. BSU continued its push forcing a Saluki error to tie the game up at four after six innings.
SIU 0, Texas State 9
Game 2 Box Score
Texas State (2-1) wasted no time getting on the board, bringing in two runs and striking out the first three Saluki batters to control the first inning.
A potent Bobcast offense and three Saluki errors in the third inning plagued SIU (2-2), as Texas State was able to score seven runs on four hits to jump out to a convincing 9-0 lead.
Southern Illinois couldn’t find its offensive rhythm against Texas State ace Kaylee Garner who gave up just one hit and struck out eight batters to shut out the Salukis.
SIU will travel to Jacksonville, Fla. next weekend, Feb. 14-16, for the North Florida Invitational.