Senior Morgan Barchan
Feb. 24, 2013
By Robin Thuringer
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Southern Illinois softball team completed the NFCA Leadoff Classic Sunday with a 7-5 win over Hofstra to finish the weekend 3-2.
The Salukis (7-8) had success against the 2012 NCAA Super Regional team and its star pitcher Olivia Galati, scoring seven runs off nine hits.
"I was really happy with the way we came out offensively," said SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock. "Olivia Galati is a tremendous pitcher and Hofstra is a Super Regional team so I am super pleased with how we performed today."
The Saluki offense was on point Sunday, scoring runs in four separate innings to top the Pride. SIU scored its first run of the game in the opening frame. Morgan Barchan and Jayna Spivey both singled in their first at-bats and advanced on a wild pitch, and Barchan scored on another wild pitch to put Southern up 1-0.
Hofstra tied the game with a run in the second inning, but the Salukis responded in the third with a three-run home run by Spivey that scored Barchan and Kara Kimball, putting SIU up 4-1. The Pride hung around, however, chipping in a run apiece in the third and fourth innings to make it a 4-3 game.
SIU scored again in the sixth inning with the help of a Hofstra error and sacrifice bunt from Michelle Bradley. The Salukis added two more insurance runs in the seventh on a two-run double by Bradley that scored Meredith Wilson and Kelsea Ashton.
Hofstra rallied with two runs in the seventh inning before the Saluki defense put them away for the 7-5 win. Barchan finished 3-for-4 from the plate with an RBI and two runs scored while Spivey went 2-for-2 with three RBI.
Barchan and Spivey were both named to the All-Tournament Team for the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Barchan hit .647 over five games (11-for-17) and scored eight runs while Spivey hit .438 (7-for-16) with eight RBI and two runs scored.
The Salukis will make their 2013 home debut next weekend when they host the Coach B Classic at Charlotte West Stadium March 2-3.
"We came through a really tough part of our schedule and we beat a College World Series team and Super Regional team so we are really ready to settle in at home and start competing," Blaylock said.