March 9, 2013
CARBONDALE, Ill.-- The Southern Illinois University softball team split the opening day of the Saluki Invitational Saturday falling to Wisconsin before topping Eastern Kentucky in six innings.
SIU 3, Wisconsin 7 Box Score
The Salukis gave up two multiple-run innings Saturday afternoon to create a deficit they could not rebound from.
"We were very good offensively all day, that was not the problem," said SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock. "We gave up a four run inning and a two run inning and I told the girls if you don't give up those crooked numbers you are right in the game."
Southern Illinois was able to get three runs on the board off five hits against Wisconsin (16-3) ace Cassandra Darrah (10-1). Darrah pitched a complete game walking six and striking out three.
Brittney Lang pitched seven innings against the aggressive Wisconsin offense. The Badgers compiled 12 hits to out-hit the Salukis and record the win.
"I thought Brittney Lang really hung in there against this great offensive team," Blaylock said. "Wisconsin is 16-3 for a reason."
SIU 9, Eastern Kentucky 1 Box Score
"Eastern Kentucky is a very good team and they can really hit the ball and for us to be able to settle in was a really good job," said Blaylock.
Alyssa Wunderlich (4-4) shined on the mound for the Salukis striking out four, walking none and allowing only five hits.
"Alyssa Wunderlich really took command and really started hitting her spots and it was a really good game for her, she had great off speed pitches and great location."
The SIU bats were hot from the get go as the Salukis posted four runs in the first inning. The pattern continued as they turned in three more multiple-run innings to break away from the Colonels.
"I have to give credit to our outfield as well, they really made some great defensive plays tonight and held off Eastern Kentucky," said Blaylock. "Overall I am really pleased with our performance tonight."