Softball completes three-game sweep of Wichita State in series finale win

    Sophomore first baseman Taylor Orsburn went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

    Sophomore first baseman Taylor Orsburn went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
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    March 18, 2012

    Box Score

    By Megan Kramper
    SIUSalukis.com

    WICHITA, Kan. - The Southern Illinois softball team completed a three-game sweep of Wichita State with a 7-1 win on Sunday at Wilkins Stadium.

    The Salukis' offense powered past the struggling Shockers in the series finale with 11 hits, as they swept the series for the second-consecutive year and the first back-to-back series sweeps since 1990-91. The Dawgs took three games from the Shockers in opening weekend of Missouri Valley Conference action in 2011 at Charlotte West Stadium.

    "Any time you can come out on the road and sweep, it's a good thing, and I think the whole spring break trip has been positive, and I am really proud of the kids," SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock said.

    Alyssa Wunderlich (6-1) threw four solid innings to earn the win as she allowed just three hits before being replaced by Katie Bertelsen, who earned her second save of the season.

    Jayna Spivey led the offense in her best performance of the season as she went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Spivey and Allie VadeBoncouer had RBI singles in the first inning to give the Salukis a lead they would never relinquish. VadeBoncouer also had a key performance at the plate where she went 2-for-4 with three RBI including a two-run home run in the third.

    "Allie was big for us today, especially in two-out situations, and Jayna is back, and Taylor is back hitting the ball, and if we can get clicking on all cylinders with all these kids we are going to be in good shape," Blaylock said.


     

     

    The Shockers (6-19, 0-3 MVC) didn't get a hit until the fifth when junior first baseman Sammi Shook hit a solo home run to start the inning. They would end up tallying all their hits in the inning as Bertelsen came in relief of Wunderlich to halt the Shocker offense.

    "The pitching really settled-in despite that one inning, and I think Alyssa threw a great game and Bertie came in and did a great job with the save," Blaylock said.

    Southern added some insurance in the seventh as they capitalized off two Shocker errors and followed up by a bases-loaded two-out single by Taylor Orsburn, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

    Morgan Barchan added the seventh run of the game with a double to put the seal on the victory.

    Mallory Duran-Sellers went 2-for-4, Alicia Junker also added a hit, while Kelsea Ashton laid down two sacrifice bunts, drew a walk, and was hit by a pitch in the win.

    The Salukis return home as they host Creighton in a doubleheader beginning Saturday at Charlotte West Stadium.

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