The Salukis split opening day of the UNF Osprey Invitational
Feb. 14, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— The Southern Illinois University softball team split its games Friday afternoon on the first day of competition at the North Florida Osprey Invitational.
The Salukis fell to Troy University 5-0 before picking up a convincing 8-4 win against Savannah State.
SIU 0, Troy 5
Game 1 Stats
Southern Illinois (2-3) and Troy (3-2-1) went scoreless through four innings before a solo homerun put the Trojans on the on the board.
“We were owning it on the mound for a while and it was going to be a pitcher’s game with the big strike zone,” said associate head coach Jen Sewell. “ It was going to be who struck first and Troy got that first run.”
The Saluki offense remained stale in the fifth and sixth innings while Troy heated up. The Trojans recorded a four-run sixth inning with the help of a three-run homerun to lead Southern 5-0.
“We didn’t’ do the things we needed to get runs,” said Sewell, “The score was bigger than the actual loss but we should of come out better offensively.”
SIU got two hits in the seventh inning but was unable to convert them into runs falling to Troy 5-0.
Troy’s Sara Mock picked up her first win of the season after allowing just three Saluki hits and striking out seven.
Katie Bertelsen was recorded as the losing pitcher but struck out a season-high seven batters.
SIU 8, Savannah State 4
Game 2 Stats
The Salukis (3-3) wasted no time in their second game of the day, scoring two runs in the first inning. Southern Illinois had the bases loaded and capitalized on a Tiger error to bring in the runs.
SIU was able to record one run in the second inning and hold Savannah State to a one-run lead.
“It was a really good game for us to work through our process and try to settle in,” said Sewell. “We have been working on not panicking early and knowing what we need to do.”
The third inning belonged to the Salukis as SIU was able to turn one hit into four runs for a 7-4 lead. Jayna Spivey singled spurring runs courtesy of two walks, one hit-by-pitch and a Savannah State error.
Kelsey Gonzalez reached base with a single in left field in the top of the fifth inning and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Jayna Spivey followed in the lineup, knocking in a powerful hit to left field to score Gonzalez to put Southern up 8-4.
The score remained the same as Harre and Taylor Orsburn combined to closeout the final two innings.
Southern Illinois will begin is Saturday doubleheader taking on Ohio at 1:30 p.m. CT followed by a nightcap with host North Florida at 6 p.m. CT.