March 12, 2013
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.-- The Southern Illinois University softball team (10-11) struggled Tuesday dropping both its contests in the weekday doubleheader at Austin Peay State Univeristy (9-5).
“I give all the credit in the world to Austin Peay,” said SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock. “They came out ready to play, and played hard and we just didn’t play well at all.”
SIU 7, Austin Peay 11 Box Score
Austin Peay recorded a five-run second inning to jump out ahead of the Salukis in the first of two afternoon games. Brittney Lang (6-6) struggled in the circle allowing five runs off four hits in the inning including a late inning grand slam from APSU’s Jessica Ryan.
Sophomore Alyssa Wunderlich entered the game for the Salukis holding Austin Peay runless until the fifth inning when the Lady Govs unleashed their second home run of the game.
SIU got on the board in the fourth inning. Morgan Barchan led off with a double to put herself in scoring position. Lacey Newbold flied out to advance Barchan to third then a wild pitch allowed the senior to touch home plate for Southern’s first run of the game.
The sixth inning saw three more runs for the Salukis. Freshman Taylor Harris singled through the left side to start off the inning. Morgan Barchan reached on a walk and both runners scored courtesy of a single from Michelle Glenn. Allie VadeBoncouer singled to score Michelle Glenn for the last SIU run of the inning.
The Salukis attempted a late rally in the seventh inning scoring three runs off three hits. Kara Kimball recorded her first hit of the season. Lacey Newbold tripled to score two of the three runs. Michelle Glenn then had an RBI single to then bring in Newbold. That would be all the runs SIU would produce falling to Austin Peay, 11-7.
This marks the first win for APSU against Southern Illinois. Entering the contest SIU held a 15-0 all-time advantage over their opponent.
SIU 2, Austin Peay 8 Box Score
The momentum continued for Austin Peay in the final game of the doubleheader. The Lady Govs were quick to get on the scoreboard, scoring four runs in their first at-bat.
Katie Bertelsen (0-1) made her first start in 2013 struggling to find her rhythm allowing six runs in two innings pitched.
“We didn’t come out firing on all cylinders offensively and that puts a lot of pressure on the pitchers,” Blaylock said.
Game one starter Brittney Lang entered in the third inning to relieve Bertelsen, getting SIU out of the two-run third inning.
The Lady Govs had the final say in the game squeezing in two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take an 8-2 lead, which would be the final line of the game.
“Austin Peay had quite a few two strike hits and we didn’t,” Blaylock said. “They really battled through each at bat and made us work.”
SIU returns to Carbondale for a five game home stand including opening Missouri Valley Conference play hosting Drake, March 16-17, at Charlotte West Stadium. Saint Louis University will also travel to SIU for a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 20.
“We need to regroup and be ready to play, Drake is good team so we need to be ready to roll.”