Kalyn Harker went 4-for-8 with an RBI in Southern's two games on Friday.
March 7, 2014
By Tyler Wooten
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Saluki offense came to play on Day One of the Under Armour Classic on Friday, but SIU's pitching couldn't temper two hot offenses in losses to Boston University (L, 7-6) and Boston College (L, 12-5).
SIU will continue its stay at the Eddie C Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla., on Saturday with a double-header against Saint Joseph's at 12:45 p.m. CST and Providence at 3 p.m. CST. On Sunday, the Salukis will play 2013 NCAA Tournament team Fordham at South Florida's stadium in Tampa, Fla., at 11 a.m.
Boston University 7, Southern Illinois 6
In what began as a pitcher's duel, Southern's first contest of the day against Boston University (5-5) eventually evolved into a back-and-forth offensive showcase for both teams.
It was smooth sailing for both pitchers in the first two innings, as SIU's starter Katie Bertelsen (ND, 4.1 IP, six hits, six runs, two K's) shut down the first six batters she faced and BU's starter Melanie Russell (W, 7.0 IP, 12 hits, 10 K's, six runs) accounted for the first six outs for her team with six strikeouts in the first two frames.
SIU (7-8) struck first with an RBI single from freshman Shaye Harre (3-for-4, three RBI, 2B) in the top of the third inning, who had a career day at the plate to lead the Salukis. Boston U responded with a four-run inning in the bottom half that was highlighted by a two-run homer from BU's Kendra Meadows.
Southern went right back at it in the top of the fourth with a four-run inning of their own to take a 5-4 lead. Senior Michelle Glenn (3-for-3, RBI) led it off with a single, and then fellow senior Meredith Wilson took advantage of a bases loaded situation for a two-run single. Harre put SIU on top with a two-run double.
The Terriers took back the lead in the bottom of the fifth with two more runs and knocked Bertelsen out of the game, forcing Harre to come on in relief and minimize the damage.
Southern kept it within striking distance until the final frame, when the Salukis had a golden opportunity to extend the lead. Harre helped her own cause with a lead-off single, which was followed by a single by Kalyn Harker (2-for-4), a sacrifice bunt from Kelsea Ashton and an RBI single from Glenn to tie the game at 6-6. The Salukis had the go-ahead run on third with one out, but Taylor Orsburn grounded out and pinch hitter Brook Womack struck out to end the inning.
It looked like the game was going to extras as Harre worked through the first two Terriers with ease. But with two outs Boston U mounted a rally. BU's Chelsea Kehr started the rally with a double, which was followed by a walk to Lauren Hynes. Orsburn relieved Harre in the circle, but against her first batter gave up the game-winning RBI bloop single to BU's Brittany Clendenny.
Harre (L, 2.1 IP, two hits, two K's, one run) took the loss after pitching two and one-third solid innings in relief.
Boston College 12, Southern Illinois 5
* No box score available at this time
The Eagles (10-7) wasted no time on offense, jumping out to a 6-0 lead over Southern (7-9) after their first trip to the plate. SIU refused to lose morale, as they got right back into the game with a four-run bottom of the first. SIU strung together four hits, including yet another two-run double from Harre (1-for-3, 2B, two RBI), followed by an RBI single from Harker (2-for-4, RBI) that knocked BC's starter Nicole D'Argento out of the game.
Southern was only able to manage one more run the remainder of the game, as the Eagles pushed their lead out of SIU's reach. Along with Harre and Harker, senior Jayna Spivey was a top performer with a 2-for-3 outing with a double and two runs scored.
Alyssa Wunderlich took the loss after one-third of an inning during BC's six-run explosion in the top of the first.