Freshman Shaye Harre hit .467 in five games at the Under Armour Classic, which included 11 RBIs, three doubles, one home run and an .867 slugging percentage.
March 9, 2014
By Tyler Wooten
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Southern held a lead up until the last batter of the game, but 2013 NCAA Tournament team Fordham found a way to claim an 8-7 victory over SIU on Sunday to close the Under Armour Classic.
Fordham (10-14) won on a two-run fielder's choice in the bottom of the seventh inning that featured an errant throw to home plate by sophomore Kelsey Gonzalez, which allowed Fordham to put two runs across for a walk-off victory over SIU (9-10).
The Rams tagged starting pitcher Katie Bertelsen (1.2 IP, five runs, four hits) and reliever Alyssa Wunderlich (1.1 IP, one run, three walks, no hits) for six runs in the first three frames, but first baseman/relief pitcher Taylor Orsburn threw three scoreless to allow the Saluki offense to come to life -- which, it did in the fifth inning.
Southern's first two runs of the game came off of the bat of hot-hitting freshman Shaye Harre (1-for-3, HR, two RBI, one run), who belted a two-run homer in the second inning to temporarily tie the game at 2-2. But, it wasn't until the fifth that the Salukis jumped ahead of the Rams, 7-6.
SIU was three outs from improving to 10-9, but the Rams mounted a last-minute rally. Gabby Luety doubled to left field, and then advanced to third on a groundout. Amy Van Hoven got an infield single hit to Gonzalez, who looked Luety back to third to keep her from tying the game. Van Hoven stole second base to put the win within one swing, and Elise Fortier delivered the game-winning fielder's choice.
Southern went 2-3 at the classic, which saw a struggling Saluki pitching staff but proved to be a superb example of the potential SIU's offense holds to explode. As a team, the Salukis hit .324 with 25 RBIs, 12 doubles and three home runs in five games.
Harre proved to be Southern's most valuable player of the weekend, with a .467 average at the plate with 11 RBIs on three doubles and a home run -- which, yields a ridiculous .867 slugging percentage in her five games. Harre also had the most success for SIU in the circle, going 1-1 with a 3.11 ERA in three appearances and one start -- a complete game shutout over Providence (W, 8-0).
The Salukis will remain in Florida for its next game against Central Florida in Orlando at 4 p.m. CST on Tuesday.