Freshman Mackenzie Leding
Feb. 12, 2012
By Megan Kramper
WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Making up for a season opening loss, the Southern Illinois softball team went to work on offense as it defeated Austin Peay and Mercer on Sunday at the KSU Classic.
"I thought we came out really well and have several kids who are hitting the ball," SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock said. "I was pleased with the way we came out and picked up some big RBI situations and playing in extreme conditions all weekend long, I'm just really proud of them."
SIU 8, Austin Peay 1
Brittney Lang came four outs away from a no-hitter throwing a one hit, one run game to help the Salukis defeat the Lady Govs (1-2).
Lang earned the complete game win, her first of the season, as she struck out seven in the contest. She gave up her lone hit with two outs in the sixth inning.
"Brittney has got some good stuff we just have to be confident with her and make sure we stay in the zone and do some little things right," Blaylock said.
The Salukis scored early with a Kelsea Ashton RBI single in the second. Using patience in the fourth, the Salukis loaded the bases off of walks, drawing 10 total in the contest, for a Taylor Orsburn 2 RBI single while Wilson launched her first career home run in the fifth.
Allie VadeBoncouer had an RBI single in the sixth and Spivey sent a bomb into the outfield scoreboard in the seventh as the Salukis totaled three runs in the final inning to seal the win.
SIU 10, Mercer 4
Both teams came out swinging early, but SIU outlasted Mercer in the finale of the tournament.
The Bears (0-4) came out with an early 2-0 lead after the first, but the Salukis retaliated quickly answering back with five runs of their own in the same inning as they took control of the game.
Fighting back in the bottom of the first, the Dawgs loaded the bases for a Spivey RBI single followed by a 2 RBI double by Wilson. Designated player Mackenzie Leding drove in a run and the Dawgs also capitalized off a Mercer error to go up 5-2 after one inning.
The Dawgs then took control of the game adding runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to pad their lead. Haley Gorman went 4-for-4 in the contest while Wilson and Leding combined for six RBI.
Spivey, Orsburn, Duran, and Michelle Bradley all picked up hits in the contest.