Feb. 10, 2013
By Robin Thuringer
CLERMONT, Fla.-- The Southern Illinois University softball team completed the final day of the Dot Richardson National Collegiate Invitational Sunday, splitting the day and finishing the tournament 3-2.
SIU 4, LIU Brooklyn 2 Box Score
The Salukis (3-2) began the day facing LIU Brooklyn in the first of two games of the day. Alyssa Wunderlich got her second start of the season pitching five scoreless innings to win the game for the Salukis, 4-2.
“I thought we came out really well and set the tone early by getting on base,” said SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock.
Southern got on the board early in the second inning scoring two runs off of LIU Brooklyn errors. Meredith Wilson tripled in the third inning to put her self in scoring position bringing Taylor Orsburn up to the plate. Orsburn singled and advanced to second on an error scoring Wilson for the third run of the game. Jayna Spivey then singled to round Orsburn around to home to put the Salukis up 4-0.
Alyssa Wunderlich gave up two runs in the sixth inning and found herself in trouble in the seventh. Brittney Lang came in striking out the final two batters to for the save, helping the Salukis to a 4-2 win.
Virginia Tech 9, SIU 0 Box Score
Southern Illinois struggled to find its momentum Sunday afternoon facing 2012 NCAA tournament team Virginia Tech (4-1) in the final game of the Dot Richardson Invitational.
“We played four really good games this weekend and we just didn’t have a good final game,” Blaylock said.
The Hokies came out hot not allowing Southern an advantage at the plate, and were on-point in the field holding SIU scoreless. Katie Heinz made her collegiate debut in the circle for Virginia Tech, throwing a no-hitter.
Brittney Lang was the losing pitcher after giving up nine runs on 11 hits. As a team, Southern struggled on defense allowing four errors to aid the Hokie offense.
“Their pitcher did a tremendous job and we didn’t make an adjustment, we just got flat and struggled,” Blaylock said.
The Salukis finish opening weekend of 2013 with a mark of 3-2. Southern will travel to Ft. Myers, Fla. next weekend to complete in the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament.
“It is really early and we are just getting started, it was overall a good start for us and I think for the most part we played with a lot of heart and a lot of emotion,” Blaylock said.