Salukis bounce back with two wins over Saint Joseph's and Providence

    Senior Jayna Spivey is 5-for-9 with a home run, two doubles, two RBI and four runs scored through four games in Clearwater.

    Senior Jayna Spivey is 5-for-9 with a home run, two doubles, two RBI and four runs scored through four games in Clearwater.
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    March 8, 2014

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    By Tyler Wooten
    SIUSalukis.com

    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Saluki softball bounced back with a double-header sweep over Saint Joseph's and Providence on Saturday at the Under Armour Classic.

    Southern now stands at .500 again with a 9-9 record with two games in Florida to go before the beginning of the Missouri Valley Conference season: Sunday morning vs. 2013 NCAA Tournament team Fordham in Tampa (10 a.m. CST), and on Tuesday at Central Florida in Orlando.

    Game One
    Southern Illinois 7, Saint Joseph's 5

    * Box Score is not available at this time

    Things didn't go as planned early for the Salukis (8-9) in their first game, as Saint Joseph's (5-5) got out to an early 5-0 lead by the second inning. However, Southern showed some resiliency and fought back on the strong pitching of Alyssa Wunderlich -- who came on in relief of starter Katie Bertelsen.

    Wunderlich gave SIU four and one-third innings in relief to record the win and improve to 3-4 on the season. Bertelsen pitched the first inning before Wunderlich came in, but played an important role in SIU's win regardless with an out against the last batter of the game for the save -- her first of the season.

    Southern's pitching was able to keep the Saluki offense within striking distance, and strike they eventually did. Offensively the Salukis were led by seniors Jayna Spivey (1-for-3, HR, two RBI, two runs) and Allie VadeBoncouer (2-for-3, 2B, two RBI, two runs), and freshman Shaye Harre (1-for-2, 2B, two RBI, two walks).

    For Spivey, the classic has been an offensive showcase. Through two days she is 5-for-9 with a home run, two doubles, two RBIs and four runs scored.

     

     

    Also proving important at the plate in Southern's win were Michelle Glenn (2-for-3) and Taylor Orsburn (1-for-1, two walks, two runs).

    Game Two
    Southern Illinois 8, Providence 0 (six innings)

    * Box Score is not available at this time

    The story of Southern's (9-9) second game of the day against Providence (0-3) was the dominant pitching of freshman Shaye Harre, who went the distance for her first career shutout. Harre only allowed three hits in six complete innings pitched, which gave SIU plenty of room to take care of business at the plate.

    Sophomore Kelsey Gonzalez bounced back from a rough first day with a 3-for-4 performance against the Friars. Meredith Wilson (1-for-3) added a two-run home run -- her first of the season and seventh of her career. Also chipping in were Spivey (1-for-3) and Caylee Cook (1-for-2, 2B, walk).

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