Freshman pitcher Katie Bertelsen earned her fifth win of the season in the victory over Robert Morris.
March 10, 2012
By Megan Kramper
HONOLULU, Hawaii - They had to wait an extra day to begin play, but the Southern Illinois softball team split on day one of the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament Saturday.
Rain forced tournament play to be pushed back after heavy rains washed out play Friday. Under cloudy skies and blustery winds at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium, the Salukis (11-6) got the day started off with an eight inning 2-1 win over Robert Morris but fell 4-1 to No. 19 Hawaii.
Against the Colonials, the game fell into a pitcher's duel of sorts as both teams went scoreless until the fifth but each team had five hits a piece before the Colonials drew first blood off a solo home run by Jaci Timko.
The Dawgs answered right back in the bottom of the inning as Kelsea Ashton reached on a single to start the inning off.
Haley Gorman would lay down a sacrifice bunt and advance Ashton to second while a wild pitch put the sophomore third baseman in line to score.
Morgan Barchan came in and got the job done as she hit an RBI single to tie the game at 1-1.
"I thought Robert Morris' pitcher did a really good job on us and she kind of held us at bay, she held us offensively and I thought Bertie retaliated back and defensively we were good and we just kept plugging away," Head coach Kerri Blaylock said.
Both teams went hitless until extra innings when the Salukis capitalized off another Barchan single advancing her to second and Allie VadeBoncouer to third as she started the inning off on second base for the international tie breaker.
"Junk is a veteran who knows how to compete and she struck out a couple times in the game before the game-winning at-bat and she got some advice from (Associate Head Coach) Jen Sewell and she followed it and she's just a tough kid," Blaylock said.
Ashton, Gorman, and Barchan each led the Dawgs with two hits each as they combined for nine hits in the game.
Katie Bertelsen went for her third complete game of the season and moved her overall record to 5-2. The freshman pitcher struck out a season-high five in the effort.
In the nightcap, the No. 19 Rainbow Wahine came out swinging scoring four runs in the first and the Salukis couldn't recover as they broke their seven-game win streak in a 7-1 loss.
Starting pitcher Brittney Lang (2-3) gave up four runs off three hits in the first and gave up back-to-back home runs in the sixth, as the Salukis couldn't recover to extend Hawaii's record to 18-0.
The Salukis managed four hits in the contest against Hawaii ace Stephanie Ricketts, who came into the contest with a 0.88 ERA. Spivey went 2-for-3 and Duran and Junker added hits for Southern.
"The loss is disappointing because the score is not indicative of how we played because Brittney Lang threw a good game and I thought the kid's battled and hit Rickett's hard but Britt did a good job for us," Blaylock said.
The Salukis are back in action Sunday as they face Radford at 7 p.m. CT and Marist at 11 p.m CT to wrap up tournament play.