March 3, 2013
CARBONDALE, Ill.-- The Southern Illinois University softball team made its 2013 home debut Sunday tallying three home runs as they issued their first run-rule of the season to Butler University.
"It's great to be at home, today was a great day," said SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock. "We were excited to play at home and pick up this win."
Meredith Wilson launched her second grand slam of the season in the first inning to give the Salukis (8-8) an early lead. SIU was able to score two more runs in the first inning courtesy of faulty pitching from Butler (2-9) and patience from the Saluki batters.
"We had great at bats early and Meredith Wilson finished us off with a grand slam," said Blaylock. " I wish we put pressure on them more in the middle innings but we did a good job starting off."
The second inning saw one run for SIU as Jayna Spivey recorded her third home run of the season to increase Southern's lead to seven.
Butler was able to hold the Saluki bats for three innings until SIU was able to record two more runs in the sixth inning. Freshman Kelsey Gonzalez led off the inning reaching first base on an error. Michelle Bradley stepped up to the plate and recorded the Salukis third home run of the game to close out the game with nine runs.
Brittney Lang was a force in the circle pitching a complete game only giving up two hits. SIU's defense continued to shine as they held Butler scoreless through six innings of play.
"Defensively we have been so good all year, I hope that continues and that the offense picks up as well," said Blaylock.