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    March 20, 2007

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    By Matt Crouch

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The No. 20/22 Southern Illinois University softball team remained perfect in the Missouri Valley Conference Tuesday, picking up a pair of wins off of Evansville.

    The Salukis (23-6, 5-0 MVC) won the first game of the doubleheader 3-1 and kept it rolling in the second game for a 6-2 victory over the Purple Aces (17-6, 2-3 MVC).

    Southern Illinois returns to action on Wednesday with a single game at home against Missouri. Action is set to begin at 3 p.m. at Charlotte West Stadium.

    Southern Illinois 3, Evansville 1
    The Salukis jumped on Evansville pitcher Jacki Bradley early in the game, putting three first-inning runs on the board to take the 3-0 lead.

    With only one out on the board, reliever Ashley Hobbs entered and kept SIU scoreless for the rest of the game, but the damage was done as the Salukis went on to take the 3-1 win.

    Southern opened the game with five base hits in its first seven batters, also drawing a walk along the way to put three quick runs on the board.

    The only out during that stretch was Tiffanie Dismore's sacrifice bunt to move Alicia Garza after her leadoff double.

    Lauren Haas followed Dismore with a single to score Garza to put SIU up 1-0.

    Clare Ford joined Haas on base in a pinch-running role after Amanda Clifton's single to give Southern a pair of baserunners.

    Jayme Wamsley then stepped up and hit her fifth double of the season, SIU's second of the inning, scoring Ford and Haas for a 3-0 SIU lead.



    Evansville's lone run came in the sixth inning as Kristen Shirk scored off of a Brittany Herald single to right field. Shirk got on base via the fielder's choice with Cassidy Scoggins making the decision to get Amanda Ockoman out at second.

    Scoggins earns the win and improves to 10-3 on the season for SIU. She gave up only one run, three hits and two walks while striking out 10. The game was Southern's eighth this season with double-digit strikeouts and fifth in a row.

    Bradley takes the loss for the Purple Aces and drops to 5-2 on the season. She gave up three runs, all earned, on four hits while giving up one walk.

    Hobbs kept Southern scoreless in relief, giving up three hits in her 6.2 innings of work while striking out three.

    Southern Illinois 6, Evansville 2
    Just like in the first game, Southern Illinois wasted no time in putting runs on the board.

    SIU struggled through the first inning, going three-up, three-down and would have done the same in the second were it not for an error on Evansville shortstop Ockomon that allowed Haas to get on base.

    With two outs on the board, SIU's Katie Wagner and Becky Wegmann picked up back-to-back walks to load the bases for Krystal Stein.

    Stein slapped a shot to right field to score Haas and was followed by Dismore with a single of he of her own to score Wagner and put Southern up 2-0.

    The Salukis struck again in the top of the third as Jayme Wamsley hit her fourth home run of the season, a shot to left-center that also scored Haas after her one-out single to give SIU a 4-0 lead.

    Evansville countered with a run of its own in the bottom of the fifth inning as Ashley Werner and Krista Price led off with back-to-back base hits.

    With two runners in scoring position and no outs, Cassey Kemna's sacrifice fly to left field gave Werner plenty of time to make the run in and beat the tag, cutting the Saluki lead to 4-1.

    The Purple Aces took another chunk out of the lead in the bottom of the sixth as Liz Mooney hit a two-out, solo home run, her eighth of the season to cut the lead to 4-2.

    The home run prompted SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock to bring Scoggins in to finish the game. Wagner made a great throw on the next batter, Herald, to get Southern out of the inning with the two-run lead.

    When the Salukis took the field in the top of the seventh, they were ready to respond and re-gain that four-run lead.

    SIU led off with back-to-back slap singles by Stein and Dismore to get a pair of Salukis on base.

    After a strikeout by Katie Schmidt, freshman Garza hit a single to shallow left field to score Stein. Dismore scored on the next at-bat as Haas hit a single just past the second baseman to put SIU up 6-2 going in to the bottom of the seventh.

    The Salukis sat down the Purple Aces in order in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the lead and take the 6-2 win back home.

    Hamby improves to 11-3 on the season with the win while Scoggins picks up her third save.

    The duo teamed up for eight strikeouts in the game, giving up five hits for two runs.

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