April 10, 2012
By Megan Kramper
CARBONDALE, Ill. - An early lead didn't hold up as the Southern Illinois softball team fell 8-7 to UT Martin Tuesday at Charlotte West Stadium.
The Salukis (22-11) scored all seven runs in the first three innings behind a solid start from Alyssa Wunderlich but things turned sour in the fourth when the Skyhawks' Lauren Smith cut the lead to four with a three-run home run.
It was all Skyhawks from there, scoring runs in the fifth and seventh to send it to extras where senior catcher Erica Duke sent one over the fence for the win.
"We have to sometimes put out more effort than our opponent and when people out effort us is when we get in trouble so we have to be spirited from inning one to whenever it takes and we are going to learn a hard lesson today," SIU associate head coach Jen Sewell said.
The Dawgs gained an early advantage when Taylor Orsburn hit her third home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the first. They added three more in the second off a Mallory Duran-Sellers two-run double and Haley Gorman's RBI single increased the lead to 5-0.
Tacking on two more runs in the third, the Dawgs looked to be in line for the victory. But the offense went cold, mustering just one hit in the final five innings as they watched their lead diminish.
The Salukis' top of the order saw the most production on the day as the number one through four hitters had six of the nine hits.
Duran-Sellers and Gorman had two hits apiece as the Dawgs tallied nine hits in the game.
Southern looks to rebound as it faces Saint Louis tomorrow in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. at Billikens Sports Center.