Feb. 15, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— The Southern Illinois softball team dropped two games Saturday at the UNF Osprey Invitational.
The Salukis were edged out by Ohio in the afternoon matchup before falling to North Florida in the nightcap.
SIU 0, Ohio 2
Game 1 Stats
It was a defensive duel Saturday afternoon between Southern Illinois (3-4) and Ohio (7-0). The two teams battled for seven innings during day two of the UNF Osprey Invitational.
“I am so proud of them for staying so even and so steady,” said associate head coach Jen Sewell. “The execution will come when we can get outside, I do believe that.”
The Bobcats were the first to strike, scoring one run in the top of the third inning.
OU scored another run off starting pitcher Katie Bertelsen to lead Southern 2-0 in the top of the fifth. Taylor Orsburn replaced Berterlsen, giving up just one hit and no runs in the final two innings.
Ohio’s Savannah Jo Dorsey tossed a no-hitter through six innings before Taylor Orsburn recorded SIU’s first hit of the game with a single up the right-side . Kelsey Gonzalez copied the script with a hit up the middle but the Salukis were unable to convert the hits into runs.
One more hit was recorded by Ohio before the completion of the game. Dorsey improved to 4-0 for the Bobcats while Bertelsen fell to 1-1, taking the loss in the circle. Neither team recorded a defensive error during the seven innings of play.
SIU 4, North Florida 9
Game 2 Stats
Jayna Spivey worked a two-out walk to get on base in the first inning against host North Florida (8-1). A series of a hit-by-pitch on Shaye Harre, a wild pitch and UNF throwing error gave SIU (3-5) its first run of the game, and a 1-0 lead.
The reigning Atlantic Sun champions wasted no time responding to the gifted run by putting two on the board with the help of two hits and an illegal pitch.
The second inning was kicked-off with a walk by Meredith Wilson. Senior Kelsea Ashton followed in the lineup, sending a shot up the right field line scoring one run and recording her first career triple to tie the game at two. An Osprey wild pitch scored Ashton to give the Salukis a 3-2 advantage.
The Osprey’s loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. Alyssa Wunderlich pitched herself out of the inning, forcing an infield pop up and a two-out strike out to hold the home team.
UNF held Southern hitless in the sixth inning. The Osprey’s came out with hot bats for a mega seven-run inning. North Florida tallied seven hits to take a convincing 9-3 lead into the final inning of the game.
“Alyssa Wunderlich threw big in a certain amount of innings,” said Sewell. “I’m sure she would wants a couple pitches back but that is where run support comes in.”
SIU scored one run in the seventh from a Taylor Orsburn double but it wasn’t enough to offset the five-run deficit.
The Salukis will conclude the Osprey Invitational Sunday at 10:45 a.m. CT taking on the Tigers of Savannah State.
“We need to get out of here with a big win tomorrow, with a getaway game.”