Feb. 23, 2013
CLEARWATER, Fla.-- The Southern Illinois University softball team (6-8) dropped two games Saturday on the second day of the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Salukis were defeated by UMass, 4-3, before falling to Central Florida, 5-2.
SIU 3, UMass 4 Box Score
Southern Illinois’ three-run first inning would be all the runs the Salukis would score in their 4-3 loss to UMass (2-5) Saturday afternoon.
“I thought we started off really well, we attacked them early and then offensively we went into a lull,” said SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock.
The momentum from Friday’s win over No. 14 South Florida seemed to continue as the Salukis loaded the bases with their first three at-bats. Morgan Barchan, Jayna Spivey and Allie VadeBoncouer each took a bag on a walk.
UMass freshman pitcher Emma Mondoker struggled in the circle hitting Lacey Newbold to force in SIU’s first run of the inning. Kelsey Gonzalez followed Newbold with a single through left field to score VadeBoncouer and Spivey.
SIU’s bats went quiet the remainder of the game, only recording one hit in the remaining six innings.
Freshman Kelsey Gonzalez recorded Southern Illinois’ only two hits of the game.
SIU 2, Central Florida 5 Box Score
A seventh inning rally came up short for Southern Illinois as they struggled offensively against Central Florida in the nightcap on Saturday.
Central Florida (8-7) got on the board in the third inning scoring two runs off two hits to lead the Salukis. The score remained 2-0 for the next three innings until the Knights were able to produce three more runs in the top of the seventh to take a five run advantage.
“We came out and gave too many at-bats away in the middle innings,” said Blaylock. “We have to learn how to be consistent through out the game offensively and pitching as well.”
Southern Illinois recorded six hits in the first six innings but was unable to convert them into runs until the seventh inning in an attempt to threaten USF’s lead. Morgan Barchan and Jayna Spivey singled to get the inning going. Barchan then scored courtesy of an Allie VadBoncouer sacrifice fly.
Freshman Lacey Newbold came to the plate with two outs. She found her pitch and sent the ball to right field to record her first career triple and send Spivey home. The would be the last run of the game for Southern Illinois.
Southern Illinois will play Hofstra tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT in the final game of the NFCA Leadoff Classic.
“We have to come out and play tomorrow, we have the ability to be good. We have proven that. We are just inconsistent right now and need to change that.”